With the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view having taken place Sunday night and the United States and Universal Championships still remaining where they were prior to the event, it would appear that Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens for the Universal title might become a thing, especially if Reigns’ post-Hell in a Cell promo is any indication.
On the inaugural episode of RAW Talk, Roman Reigns appeared alongside hosts Renee Young, Booker T, and Jerry Lawler and almost immediately made his intentions clear, saying that he has one “strap” (title belt) and is “looking for another.” When Lawler asked Reigns if he’s insinuating that he “can do what Seth Rollins couldn’t do,” Reigns emphasized his previous status as the “Big Dog” of The Shield, and suggested Rollins had always had people helping him during his run as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The two-minute clip concluded with Reigns hyping himself up as the best person to take on Kevin Owens and, by extension, his “best friend” Chris Jericho.
Of course, none of this is confirmed as Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens head to this week’s Monday Night RAW as United States and Universal champions respectively, presumably with new storylines in the aftermath of Hell in a Cell. In that event, we saw Reigns hang on to the U.S. title by beating Rusev, and we saw Owens rely on Jericho to retain his Universal belt over Seth Rollins, with both matches taking place within the Hell in a Cell structure. With Survivor Series coming up next in November, it is possible all of the above names put their differences aside for the meantime and represent up to four-fifths of the RAW brand in the men’s elimination match against the best of the SmackDown male roster.
Another thing to consider while mooting the possibility of Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship is Reigns’ continued status as someone whom fans love to boo, despite his babyface status. Clearly, WWE is still trying its best to make Reigns look like a top-level babyface and a hero to the fans, if not the actual heir apparent to John Cena as the company’s top good guy.
This is something that hasn’t been lost on Reigns’ fellow WWE Superstars. The Inquisitr had previously reported on how veteran Big Show feels that Roman deserves better than the boos and criticism he’s often received from fans, especially from the so-called “Internet Wrestling Community.”
At Hell in a Cell, Reigns was again booed by fans, even with Rusev doing his best to act like a despicable heel. But according to PWInsider‘s Mike Johnson, Roman was very credible with his babyface comebacks during his Hell in a Cell match against Rusev and didn’t disappoint despite the match’s lack of a grudge-fight feel.
“I thought Rusev especially did a hell of a job as a heel here and gave Roman the chance to shine as the babyface when he finally made his comebacks. Both are extremely underrated, even at the position they hold for the company currently. As much as it’s en vogue to boo Reigns, his work is really, really good and Rusev had one of his best performances here.”
But what happens next when the title feuds return to focus in storylines? Is WWE willing to risk even greater fan backlash by possibly making Reigns hold both the U.S. and Universal titles? For now, it’s just a mere promo from the wrestler who fancies himself as “The Guy.” But looking at the RAW lineup and taking what had happened at Hell in a Cell into account, a title-versus-title match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens just might be a possibility in the near future.