The night after winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 32, Roman Reigns needed a number one contender for his title at Payback. Shane McMahon decided to have a fatal four-way between AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Cesaro, and Chris Jericho to determine who would face The Big Dog at the pay-per-view on May 1.
The Phenomenal One won the match, and he will now have his first singles title shot since making his main roster debut in the WWE earlier this year at the Royal Rumble. Shortly after, his former Bullet Club members, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, made their debuts in the WWE and attacked his Payback opponent, but Styles states the relationship isn't mutual.
Alongside the fact Finn Balor recently lost the NXT Championship against Samoa Joe, speculation has started to rise that the Bullet Club could be reforming under a new name in the WWE to help Styles try and win the WWE championship this weekend.
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Yet, Cageside Seats has rumored in a recent report that this won't be the case, and they have also released what could be the outcome of Payback's main event.
They said: "AJ Styles isn't expected to align with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows at Payback, and Roman Reigns will leave the show as WWE world heavyweight champion."
It's way too soon for Reigns title reign to end if he is to be the new number one guy and the face of the company, so that result comes really as no surprise. What might be the surprising factor for some is that Anderson and Gallows won't be helping Styles try and claim the championship.
Many have speculated that Anderson and Gallows will, in fact, turn on The Phenomenal One to help Reigns retain on the night. However, they won't be siding with the former Shield member. With Balor's arrival imminent, the former Bullet Club members might side with him instead to help him in his first feud on the main roster against Styles.
Not only does this give arguably WWE's most promising superstar a great first feud against someone familiar on the main roster, but it also opens the door for Reigns to pursue another rivalry with a familiar foe as well, Bray Wyatt.
Wyatt has been teasing a return to the ring soon recently on his Twitter. He has been out for a couple of weeks now with a calf injury which he picked up during WWE's European tour in Milan, Italy. With him and the rest of The Wyatt Family still on the promotional posters for Payback, you would expect them to get involved in some sort of way on the night.
Speculation has suggested he might not be ready to go until Extreme Rules on May 22, but there's no reason why he can't start a title feud now. He just needs to have some sort of confrontation with Reigns without getting involved physically, which is where the rest of The Wyatt Family comes in.
Many fans wouldn't mind if this is the outcome of Payback because it means Balor has finally arrived on the main roster, and Wyatt could finally be given a title shot he deserves.
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