Monday’s RAW was probably the biggest and best night of Roman Reigns’ young WWE career. After almost a full calendar year of chasing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Reigns finally won it, and the WWE fans in the arena finally embraced him as their guy, and they cheered like crazy when he pinned the now former WWE Champ Sheamus.
Speaking of Sheamus, it’s almost a lock that he’ll be challenging Reigns for the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 24, as it’s customary, for the most part, that the former champion gets at least one rematch before he moves on to something else.
It’s also possible, depending on the finish of the match at the Royal Rumble, that Sheamus could end up facing Reigns for the title one more time at the WWE Fast Lane show in February, which is the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 32.
But where will Reigns go after that? Who will he defend the title against at WrestleMania? According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, there are four guys that WWE is considering as Reigns’ WrestleMania opponent, and as of right now, they haven’t made up their mind on which one it’ll be.
As for who they are, they’re all names we’ve heard before as possible opponents for Reigns at WrestleMania.
The first is John Cena, who is currently off of WWE television but is scheduled to return very soon. Meltzer, on Wrestling Observer Radio, noted that WWE had been planning on doing Reigns vs. Cena at WrestleMania 32 for several months, with the idea that Reigns would beat Cena, and that Cena would endorse Reigns as the new face of the company.
Next up is Brock Lesnar, who Reigns had an awesome match with at this past year’s WrestleMania. Of course, everybody knows that WWE was planning on having Reigns defeat Lesnar earlier this year. However, due to the fans turning on Reigns, WWE decided to go in a different direction. They still do want to do Reigns vs. Lesnar, and they still want to have Reigns be the one who finally is able to pin “The Beast” clean.
Triple H is another potential WrestleMania opponent for Reigns, according to Meltzer. After Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view, where Reigns completely destroyed Triple H, a match between the two, especially at a big show like WrestleMania, would only make sense. And while it’s not a guarantee that the two will face each other at the event, it’s pretty much a guarantee that they’ll end up having a match with each other at some point.
Last but not least is The Undertaker, who many are predicting will make a surprise return at the Royal Rumble and win the Royal Rumble match, which will guarantee him a title shot against Reigns, who will presumably be the champion going into WrestleMania. One of the big issues with doing Reigns vs. Undertaker next spring is that Reigns would have to beat Undertaker, which wouldn’t be a huge deal now that Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak is over, but it may still force the fans to turn on Reigns, which is something WWE doesn’t want, especially now that they’ve finally gotten them to embrace him.
The one’s for thing: WWE does not want the Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus feud to carry on until and through WrestleMania, as they’re planning to make next spring’s big event the biggest wrestling show of all-time, and Sheamus vs. Reigns for the title certainly wouldn’t be something that the 100,000 people who pack AT&T Stadium in April would be clamoring to see.
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