Competing in a singles match for the first time since returning from his battle with leukemia, Roman Reigns scored a decisive emotional victory over Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania, getting payback on The Scottish Psychopath after weeks of physical and psychological attacks.
Intent on obliterating each member of The Shield one-by-one to cement his dominance in WWE, McIntyre defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in back-to-back weeks on Raw, yet sought to finish the extermination of The Hounds of Justice on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Reigns accepted the challenge, but many in the WWE Universe wondered if Reigns – who had just announced his cancer was in remission back in February – was making a rash decision. Based on the punishment Reigns endured for the duration of this intensely physical bout, that criticism seemed valid.
However, as McIntyre took pleasure in making The Big Dog suffer, he grew overconfident, disrespectfully slapping Reigns across the face. This brazen act woke something within Reigns, who unleashed on the sadistic Scotsman with an offensive flurry that culminated in a Spear. Following weeks of callous comments about Reigns’ family, Shield brotherhood and personal health, McIntyre was finally silenced.
The indomitable Reigns has captured the WWE Championship and defeated The Undertaker at The Showcase of the Immortals, but this victory against McIntyre at WrestleMania 35 just might be his most personal triumph.