This week on Raw, Vince McMahon made a historic announcement involving the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
The WWE Chairman announced that WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns will be competing and defending his title during the 30-man Royal Rumble event. This means the winner will actually win the top championship in the WWE, rather than a place in the main event at WrestleMania.
This is the first time that the championship will be defended in the 30-man Royal Rumble event. The Big Dog could also become the first superstar since Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1998 to win back-to-back Royal Rumbles.
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However, according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, via WhatCulture, this might not be the case. He has said Triple H might be the favorite now to win the Royal Rumble on January 24.
He said: “It makes it real interesting. We know that Roman Reigns and Triple H is going to happen. But now, there’s the idea that Reigns beats 28 guys, then Triple H beats him to win the Rumble.”
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To which his co-host Bryan Alvarez added: “Well, Vince did say Hunter was going to get his revenge and you weren’t going to see it coming.”
This certainly is a good idea, and it adds another reason as to why they need to clash at WrestleMania 32. Triple H will get his revenge for the beat downs he received from Reigns at Survivor Series and TLC by winning the title at the Rumble. The Big Dog will work to get a title shot at WrestleMania to have the final say over The Game in the main event.
Along the way at the Fastlane pay-per-view, Reigns could face someone else in the number one contenders match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This could be an ally of Triple H and The Authority, such as Sheamus, or it could be the passing-of-the-torch match we've all been wanting to see with John Cena.
Reigns could win the Rumble as well and still walk out with his championship on his shoulder, but the WWE must be aware that they can't 'force-feed' the WWE Universe an outcome like they did last year, otherwise they'll receive the same reaction.
WWE just needs to make sure they don't ruin the progress they're making with Reigns. Since the disaster of the Tater Tots promo, fans have been on The Big Dog's side, so creative must be extra careful not to throw all that away.