Diehard WWE fans might have an internal clock counting down
the days until SummerSlam 2018. That's very likely when our long,
international nightmare will finally be over: when Brock Lesnar no longer holds
the WWE Universal Championship.
By that time, it will be more than 16 months (or 504 days in
WWE-speak) since Lesnar won the title at WrestleMania 33. That will be by far
the longest World-level title reign since Hulk Hogan’s four-year run with the WWE
Championship between 1984-88.
So why is Brock’s reign regarded more as an albatross and embarrassment
than a dominant period in WWE’s history?
Simply put, Lesnar’s reign as champion has been marked more
by his absence than by his dominance. That’s due to several outside factors,
but it doesn’t absolve WWE from its role in turning the former UFC champion
from box office bank to punchline.
Roman Reigns has cashed in the most on this, referring to
Lesnar as an absent champ who is protected by chairman Vince McMahon (while
referring to himself as the uncrowned champion).
That’s not the message you
want to convey when you’re trying to keep your champ dominant.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.