Roman Reigns holds on to the gold.
At SummerSlam 2021, Roman Reigns faced one of the best of all time in John Cena and managed to retain the WWE Universal Championship. Here's how it all went down:
WWE Universal Championship Match
Roman Reigns (w/ Paul Heyman) vs John Cena
The Usos come out with Roman before Roman has Paul tell Jimmy and Jey to leave and go to the back as he wants to face John alone before the match starts with the two locking up and exchanging side headlocks before Roman runs John over and John rolls Roman up for one. Roman and John lock up before Roman gets two off of an inside cradle before Roman kicks John in the midsection and drops him with a right hand before playing to the crowd and dropping John with another right hand before John rolls him up for two and Roman clotheslines him. Roman whips John into the corner before hitting a float over suplex for two before locking in a rear chin lock and John gets to his feet and Roman kicks him in the midsection and drops him before hitting a snap suplex for two before dumping John out of the ring. Roman goes out after John before John comes back with right hands and Roman sends him into the steps before smashes his face across the steps and taking his title and posing on the top of the stairs before handing it back to Paul and John rolls into the ring. John rolls Roman up for two before Roman clotheslines him and mocks him before countering an AA into a DDT for two before apologizing to movie executives and Hollywood before saying that they can have John, but not him.
John comes back with right hands before going for a flying shoulder tackle and Roman knocks him out of the air before John rolls him up for a near fall before locking in a sleeper and John fights to his feet before driving Roman into the corner to break the hold. John clotheslines Roman before collapsing before John hits a flurry of shoulder tackles and a slam before Roman locks in a guillotine when John goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle before John turns it into an inside cradle for two before Roman hits a Superman punch. John counters a spear and hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle into the AA for a near fall before locking in an STF before Roman gets to the ropes for the break before Roman hit a drive-by at ringside and John counters a spear into an AA at ringside. John rolls Roman back inside for a near fall before John goes up top and Roman powerbombs him out of the air for a near fall before Roman calls for a Superman punch and John counters into a roll up for a near fall before Roman counters an AA into a Superman punch for a near fall. Roman then calls for a spear before John counters and hits a super AA for a near fall before mocking Roman and the two exchange strikes until Roman hits a pair of Superman punches and a spear for the pin and the win.
Winner: Roman Reigns retains his Universal title by defeating John Cena via pinfall.