One of the worst kept secrets in the WWE this year was the fact that Roman Reigns was due a huge push in the year 2015.
This would be starting at the Royal Rumble next month before going on to slay The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
But recent reports suggest the WWE have pulled the plug on Reigns’ huge push.
Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has stated that the company could be changing their minds surrounding Reigns’ Royal Rumble chances, especially since fans haven’t really welcomed him back with open arms.
His return wasn’t the explosive return the fans expected especially since they saw him almost every other week on the pre-recorded interviews via satellite as well as Reigns coming out to collect his Slammy Award for the superstar of the year – which was debatable itself.
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When his music did blast on the PA system, it wasn’t the most surprising and triumphant of returns but it was great to see him back, whilst his in-ring return was a victory over Fandango on a not-so-super episode of Super SmackDown.
The fans didn’t hold their feelings back either, ‘boring’ chants broke out during his match against The Big Show and the reaction has definitely soured compared to Reigns’ development into a huge star before his injury and surgery.
A number of WWE officials in high positions such as Triple H and Vince McMahon have been backing Reigns to win the Royal Rumble in January and then become the face of the WWE in March, but now WWE officials are looking at other options to win the Rumble as his microphone skills haven’t improved greatly, even though he attended acting classes during his recovery period from surgery.
Some of the names which are being thrown around as potential Royal Rumble winners are superstars such as Reigns’ former Shield stable mate, The Lunatic Fringe – Dean Ambrose and the current Intercontinental Champion, Dolph Ziggler; two superstars who are over the most with the crowd right now.
In regards to Ziggler, Meltzer noted that the WWE will only allow Ziggler to pick up the Rumble win is if the fans back him like they did Daniel Bryan over the past year or so, if he can get that and he drops the Intercontinental Championship soon; then he will certainly be a favourite to walk out of Philadelphia with a WrestleMania main event spot guaranteed.
If not, then the WWE have Dean Ambrose in line to win the Rumble if they do decide to go against Roman Reigns.
If Roman Reigns doesn’t win the Royal Rumble then this will surely leave the fans wondering what the plans could be not only for Reigns, but the championship and Brock Lesnar as well.
There is a possibility that John Cena could defeat Brock Lesnar in what is set to be their final ever encounter at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, before Seth Rollins cashes in and tempts John Cena to bring back The Authority. Bringing back The Authority means that Sting and Triple H will compete at WrestleMania 31.
Brock Lesnar would also be expected to compete after conquering the streak earlier this year, and a match against Roman Reigns without a championship on the line wouldn’t be too bad either; I believe there are less options for Brock Lesnar without the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line.
Fans would also love to see all three members of The Shield compete in the main event of WrestleMania for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, whatever happens it’s surely set to be an exciting couple of months coming up in the WWE.