As we saw on Monday night, WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens lost to WWE United States champion Roman Reigns clean in the middle of the ring to set up a showdown for his title at WWE Roadblock: End of the Line.
While the idea of the top champion in the company, who also happens to be a heel, losing clean to a mid-card champion might seem odd, it seems as though there may be a reason for what transpired.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the original plan for this past Monday's RAW was for the match between Reigns and Owens to be for Reigns' U.S. title.
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Originally, according to Dave Meltzer via Wrestling Inc, the live event matches they have been having were supposed to be title vs. title, but apparently, Stephanie McMahon ruled that only Reigns' U.S. title should be on the line, thus leading to The Guy picking up victories over the top champion at live events.
On Raw, the match was changed to a non-title match with the stipulation that Reigns would face Owens at WWE Roadblock for the belt if he were victorious, which he was.
We saw a world champion Vs. U.S. champion feud last year between Seth Rollins and John Cena, so maybe the WWE thought at the last second they did not want to go to the same well too many times.
They way they are treating KO is curious, to say the least. The tension between him and Chris Jericho - who seems to be tied up with Seth Rollins for the next few weeks at least - is teasing a breakup and feud down the line, so maybe this is just a placeholder.
Do you guys think Reigns challenging Owens is the right decision? Or should both titles have been on the line? Let us know in the comments below.
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