Now that we are in the new “new era” we are seeing a surge of fan favorite wrestlers take the lead in WWE. Dean Ambrose is the WWE Champion and Dolph Ziggler is the #1 contender over on Smackdown. Meanwhile, on Raw, we are seeing Finn Balor and Seth Rollins compete at SummerSlam to become the first ever WWE Universal Champion. Sasha Banks is the WWE Women’s Champion, and it seems Bayley is going to get her official call-up sooner rather than later. Needless to say, Roman Reigns’ suspension was ill-timed and he is suffering the consequences for it watching others pass him by. Roman was pinned clean and lost the WWE Championship to Seth Rollins, who immediately dropped it to Dean Ambrose who cashed in Money in the Bank. Upon his return, Roman took the clean pin in the Shield Triple Threat match to ensure that Dean Ambrose retained the WWE championship. The next night on Raw, Roman did win a Fatal Four Way for the right to battle to become the #1 contender for the WWE Universal Championship but then lost clean to Finn Balor later that night. Here’s what’s tricky about this, clearly WWE wants to remain somewhat invested in Roman Reigns, otherwise they wouldn’t have had him go over in the Fatal Four Way. If they really wanted to bury the man, he’d have taken the pinfall in that match as well. What does this tell us? Well, it says WWE is still invested in Roman, but might be thinking of taking a different approach to him now. That leaves us with a big question. What does Roman end up doing at SummerSlam? He doesn’t have any real storylines going right now and most people he’s done battle with over the last few months are either on a different show or wrapped up in something else now.
I’ve seen a number of fans say that WWE missed out on a huge opportunity to turn Roman heel by not having him attack Finn Balor after their match. I have to disagree, it would have been a huge mistake to turn Roman heel like that. If Roman had attacked Finn after their match it would have started a feud between them. There’s no way Roman could have attacked Finn and then both men just moved on to different programs. More than likely if he had attacked Finn after the match then WWE would have put Roman into the Universal Title match at SummerSlam. Even if he had turned heel at that point fans would argue that Roman was right back on top. It wouldn’t have solved any of the issues that are plaguing Roman right now. I think Roman losing again on Raw is the beginning of a storyline that we have heard Vince wants to do with Roman. We are in the early stages of a “road to redemption” storyline. Before people get upset, I think it will end with Roman turning heel, so calm down. Roman has already suffered 3 very heavy losses to Rollins, Ambrose, and Finn Balor. I don’t think this will be the end either. Here is how I would book things.
Who do I think Roman’s opponent for SummerSlam should be? No one. Wait wait, before anyone calls me a Roman hater, which I’m not, hear me out. For the next few weeks, Roman is put into several “qualifying matches.” First, he will challenge Mic Foley on letting Seth Rollins walk right into the WWE Universal Championship match. Mic will concede that Rollins shouldn't have received a bye into the championship match and set up Rollins vs. Reigns with the winner gets the #1 Contender spot that was originally given to Seth. Rollins will go on to beat Roman clean. The next week Roman gets another opportunity for a match at SummerSlam for the United States Championship. He will lose a match, though, to become #1 Contender for the U.S. Championship. This losing streak will continue and continue and it will leave Roman with no one to wrestle at SummerSlam. One the last Raw before SummerSlam Roman interrupts Steph on Raw and ask for a match, any match, at SummerSlam, but she will tell him he hasn’t earned a match at the biggest PPV event of the summer. Roman will get no opponent for SummerSlam. Roman will be devastated by the news. Later that night, Roman bumps into Paul Heyman who tells him it’s a shame he isn’t wrestling at SummerSlam. Heyman says if WWE won’t do business for Roman, then he should do business for himself. Cut to SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton. A match that is considered by many to be a dream match. Orton and Lesnar are deep into a hellacious match and both men are barely standing when the ref gets knocked out. Orton doesn’t realize it and hits a huge RKO on Lesnar and goes for the pin but there is no one to count it. That’s when Roman Reigns’ music hits and out comes the Big Dog. Roman gets in the ring and stares down Orton, who is obviously confused, before hitting a huge spear on Randy to lay him out. Lesnar gets up and pins Orton for the win. After the match, Roman gets in the ring and shakes Lesnar’s hand, then Paul Heyman’s hand. Heyman gets on the mic and says he’d like to introduce the newest “Paul Heyman Guy” Roman Reigns! This allows Paul to get more TV time, being Roman’s manager. It allows Roman to work with Heyman who can certainly get him over as a massive heel. It also can lay the groundwork for Lesnar vs. Reigns II at WrestleMania 33 if they want to go that route.
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