It came as a huge surprise when Roman Reigns became the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion last week on Monday Night Raw, one night after the TLC pay-per-view where he lost to Sheamus.
It was a solid episode of Raw which even saw the return of Vince McMahon and when he told Reigns he would be fired if he lost to Sheamus, fans assumed there would be shenanigans to conclude the evening.
Instead, Reigns picked up a clean win and is now the WWE World Heavyweight Champion heading into 2016 in what should be a huge year for him if rumours are to be believed.
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Fans are slowly warming to Reigns despite believing he doesn’t deserve or wasn’t ready for the championship. The WWE have pulled the trigger and now it’s up to them to ensure he has a successful title reign so fans aren’t left disappointed.
Sheamus is the obvious name as he will be entitled to his rematch and that should take place at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in January. This is a good first step for Reigns as the fans despise Sheamus, which means they’ll be on Reigns’ side as he attempts to keep hold of his championship title.
The Irishman hasn’t looked like a huge threat to Reigns since losing the championship as he’s busy in the League of Nations, but you can be sure he will step up in the coming weeks and threaten Reigns’ prospects of keeping hold of the strap.
It’ll be an important first defence for Reigns as the two have had some good matches over the last month or so and the brutality is what makes Reigns look like a fighting champion. The fact that Sheamus isn’t a pushover and is a top heel in the company is what will help Reigns look strong heading towards the Road to WrestleMania.
A feud and match with Triple H is definitely on the cards for Reigns, especially since he brutally attacked The Game at the end of his loss to Sheamus at TLC when he hit him with a Spear for good measure.
There’s no way Triple H will take the beating lightly and we know he’ll try to even the odds at some stage. He isn’t on screen right now but when he does return it’s almost a guarantee that he’ll target Reigns – and possibly even the championship.
We don’t know who Triple H will be facing at WrestleMania but he will look to be getting into the ring as he’s now an attraction you see compete once or twice a year. A match with Reigns could potentially take place at WrestleMania or even earlier, but whenever it is it’ll be hugely beneficial to Reigns and his development as champion.
Triple H is experienced and he’ll make Reigns look good which is vital at this stage when he’s still trying to prove he’s a worthy champion.
Brock Lesnar and Reigns had a great match back at WrestleMania 31, only for Seth Rollins to come and steal the show by cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase. A Lesnar and Reigns rematch has been rumoured to take place but it doesn’t seem like something the fans want to see again.
Repeats of matches – especially at WrestleMania – aren’t always a great idea and this could be one of them. However, that doesn’t mean Lesnar shouldn’t face Reigns as we didn’t get to see which of the two men was better. If there’s anyone that can make Reigns look like the top dog in the company, it’s Lesnar.
A victory over The Beast would be huge for Reigns and we know for a fact it would be brutal and it would help him look strong. It’s not something the fans would want to see as Lesnar should now look to be almost invincible, but you can’t argue the fact that Lesnar is an opponent who could get the best out of Reigns as WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
A WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against John Cena would be the ultimate passing of the torch moment, especially at WrestleMania. The good thing about Cena is that he’s always involved in the title picture so the fans won’t need convincing that it’s going to be a good feud.
Cena has been the number one guy in the company for a very long time and nobody knows how much longer Cena can keep going at the top. Obviously, it’s going to be a huge loss when Cena does eventually take a step back and allows the younger talent to shine and this could work for Reigns.
Defeating Cena at WrestleMania to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship would be huge as is any championship match with Cena. Going on to defeat Cena would be a feel-good moment as it shows that Reigns will be ready to continue where Cena left off – but it’s something fans aren’t too happy about.
Kevin Owens is more of an outside the box pick but he would be an interesting opponent for Reigns as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Some fans take his heel persona almost literally and they dislike the fact that he’s not ‘in-shape’.
The fact is even though Owens isn’t built like a Greek God, he still moves and outperforms stars that are. He’s levels above Reigns when it comes to wrestling and let’s not even get started on the microphone work; this is why Reigns could benefit from working with Owens.
Owens is a fantastic heel – maybe the best in the company today – and if he approaches this feud as he did with Cena then the feud has the potential to go down a huge success. The fact that he’s cold and calculated and will stop at nothing will help get the fans behind Reigns.
Any of these feuds in the coming months would help Reigns; he faces a tough task of proving himself as a worthy champion.
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