WATCH: Roman Reigns lays into absent Brock Lesnar on WWE Raw

Although Brock Lesnar was slated to meet his WrestleMania opponent, he did not appear on Raw, which did not impress Roman Reigns

Brock Lesnar failed to show up for his schedule appearance on Raw, leading Roman Reigns to deliver an impassioned attack on the Universal champion.

Reigns made his way to the ring to the usual mixed response of cheers and jeers but, four minutes of superb monologue later, and he was returning to the locker room to a standing ovation.

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WWE is absolutely at its best when the lines between the on-screen product and the behind-the-scenes reality are blurred. When black and white becomes shades of grey.

Reigns said during his promo that he would likely find himself in trouble “back there”, meaning with the corporate hierarchy of the company, for the “truth bombs” he was about to drop in Anaheim.

It is unlikely the script was completely unsanctioned but the decision to run it must have been made very late in the production day; Lesnar, it is alleged, was scheduled to appear until around 30 minutes before air time.

Watch the brilliance unfold by clicking on the video above.