Roman Reigns’ rise to the top of the WWE came to a sudden halt two months ago when he required emergency surgery on an incarcerated hernia, taking him out of his highly anticipated clash with former Shield stable-mate Seth Rollins.
His return has been a topic of debate amongst the WWE fans with many speculating he could be a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble, but new details suggest he could be set to return to the ring sooner.
December looks like the month Roman Reigns will make his return to the WWE after his recover period, and advertisements suggest he will do more than appear at a SmackDown event in over a month’s time.
The TLC pay-per-view is taking place on the 14th of December at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Reigns is scheduled to return to action the following week. This would be a good move on the WWE’s part – if he is 100% fit and healthy – because it will allow Reigns more time to re-establish the support from fans and prove that he is ready to win the Royal Rumble in 2015, a year after finishing as runner-up to Dave Batista.
The SmackDown event he is currently being advertised for is the 30th December tapings which will take place at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. The show is being advertised as one which will have a double main event, where Dean Ambrose is scheduled to go one on one against Bray Wyatt; suggesting that their feud could run into the New Year.
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The cards are always subject to change, but it has been said that Reigns will be ready to return in December but the WWE would originally be holding off on a return until the Royal Rumble. It looks as if the plans have changed and his potential opponent on the SmackDown taping shows who his returning feud could be against.
Roman Reigns is being advertised to take on the current United States Champion, Rusev.
This means Rusev could be Reigns’ return feud and it’s a great one for him to get involved in as Rusev is also being built like a monster in the run up to WrestleMania season.
No superstar has managed to take down Rusev so far and Reigns could be the next to try – whether he succeeds remains to be seen. It looks unlikely that the WWE will have Rusev lose his unbeaten streak before WrestleMania whilst at the same time the WWE won’t want to feed someone as big as Reigns to Rusev, especially if he is to go ahead and become the number one star in the company at WrestleMania 31.
It’s no secret that Roman Reigns is slated to capture the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 31, as of now that is still the plan but it’s now a questions of who he could challenge.
Even before the SummerSlam pay-per-view, it was speculated that Reigns will dethrone Brock Lesnar – the beast that conquered The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX. But the WWE may opt to have Lesnar drop the gold beforehand.
There has been talk of having John Cena defeat Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view to set up a clash between Cena and Lesnar, where Cena would pass the torch down to Roman Reigns.
Seth Rollins has also been mentioned, there are rumours of Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase on either Lesnar or Cena at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view before going on to defend it against Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania.
But the WWE still prefer Lesnar or Cena as the men who should compete against Reigns as they believe they add more value to a main event match.