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Reigns is a 72/100 favourite but our comprehensive tale of the tape paints a different picture:
Lesnar is the most legitimate performer ever to embrace fighting’s most choreographed form, proving his toughness by reaching the very top in amateur wrestling (NCAA) and mixed-martial arts (UFC) as well as taking the leading professional wrestling titles in both USA and Japan.
Since returning to the WWE after eight years away in 2012, the 37-year-old has been presented as one of the most dominant forces in company history.
He has gone two years without a pinfall or submission loss, ending The Undertaker’s famous 21-0 WrestleMania streak to the astonishment of the live crowd in New Orleans last year then destroying 15-time world champion John Cena in the summer for the belt.
Reigns, a cousin of The Rock who debuted on the main roster in November 2012, is supposed to be the up-and-coming underdog slaying Paul Heyman’s beast to a euphoric response on “The Grandest Stage of Them All” to establish himself among the elite.
The problem is that the audience aren’t buying into him due to both wishing that fan favourite Daniel Bryan was in the main event instead of him and feeling that the company are forcing the Samoan down their throats.
His sappy “I can, I will” catchphrase heading into the showdown isn’t resonating, unlike the blunter Lesnar vow that “At WrestleMania, I am going to **** up Roman Reigns; the end.”
With Lesnar signing a new contract this week to quash speculation of a return to the UFC and a Reigns victory likely to see the highlight of the WWE calendar close to a chorus of boos, the prospects of Brock retaining are stronger now than at any prior point in the build-up.