Unless you’ve been living under a rock as a wrestling fan, you’ve heard of the controversial ending to WWE’s Royal Rumble match. WWE superstar Roman Reigns won the match, only to face a sea of boos and online negativity. WWE saw a lot of negative comments from fans, but also from the media. National and international media all covered the event due to how massive a reaction fans across the world had.
The company is by no means blind. Many thought that WWE would not come close to recognizing the boos or negativity on their TV shows. However, on both WWE RAW and WWE SmackDown, WWE addressed the critics. On RAW, WWE tried to tease the potential WWE WrestleMania 31 main event as it stands now. While many fans loved the Paul Heyman promo, few were sold on Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
A lot of people think that Reigns is by no means ready to be in the main event while others more deserving have been passed over. This year alone his Shield brethren of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have been more impressive. Others like Dolph Ziggler have shown major promise as well. In addition, WWE still has Daniel Bryan, who has a massive fan base behind him.
So what is WWE to do when there is a problem such as this?
Like last year, WWE has to consider changing the main event and it looks like they might do so.
Storyline WWE COO and real life WWE Executive Triple H mentioned on Thursday’s LIVE WWE SmackDown broadcast that he would have an announcement on WWE RAW this Monday. The announcement would concern the current WrestleMania 31 main event. He claimed his announcement would rock the WWE Universe to it’s core. It is uncertain what he means by this, but fans are hopeful.
Many fans believe WWE is teasing a change to the WrestleMania 31 main event. The idea that WWE could change it is a big deal. Many wonder why WWE does not listen to it’s fans until major issues such as this come up.
A lot of people were mad at the Rumble match as a whole. Some are cool with Reigns winning, but not in the way WWE made it happen by virtually burying all of the WWE favorites on the way to his win. In an effort to “make Roman Reigns look strong,” they buried people such as Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, and Dean Ambrose. That was the real kicker to WWE fans. In addition to that, Reigns still won. So the way WWE handled the event as a whole was the first issue, then the winner was the second.
WWE had to change WrestleMania up last year when Batista won the Rumble to fans’ hatred as well.
What is interesting is that despite the sizable negative reaction for that match last year, this year’s controversy has sparked even more hatred. Yet WWE changed the event last year, so one would imagine that WWE would do similar this year with even more hatred coming about.
What WWE changes the main event into is up in the air. Roman Reigns cannot be removed from the match, as he still won the Rumble match. Obviously WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar also cannot be removed. So WWE would have to change the match to a triple threat, fatal four way, or something along those lines.
Many believe a fatal four way is possible, as WWE would not want to have two triple threat matches on two straight WrestleMania main events.
Triple H is teasing a major announcement, so the WrestleMania main event could be much bigger than either one of those matches. However, if it only includes the two men currently in the match, fans will not be satisfied.
Regardless of what WWE does, it is terrific that they are at least listening to the WWE fans. WrestleMania is the biggest event of the year, so it needs to be big. The main event has to be one fans want to see. If few fans are for it, WWE has no alternative but to change it.
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