According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the plans for Roman Reigns at WrestleMania have taken a major turn around from what has been previously reported.
In the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer reports that despite recent rumours that Goldberg will step up to challenge the WWE Universal Champion, there are zero names on the books and it is likely to be either Daniel Bryan or Drew McIntyre who step -up to the challenge.
While noting how mind-boggling it was that WWE had no plans for Roman’s foe in December, it was mentioned that the much talked about clash with The Rock is also off the table.
While the decision lays with Dwayne Johnson, the journalist states that WWE creative have been notified that the plan is a no-go with The Rock preferring to wait until 2022 for what would be his retirement match, when crowds will be allowed back into arenas.
The report also states that WWE have no interest in a Roman Reigns vs. Big E main event for WrestleMania 37, which seems to take the former NXT Champion out of the picture also.
Both Drew McIntyre and Daniel Bryan have solid reasons to face-off with ‘The Tribal Chief’ on ‘The Grandest Stage of Them All.’ Though a WWE Champion vs. WWE Universal Champion Match would have massive effects on the Royal Rumble finish, the Scot has a legitimate gripe for payback.
At Survivor Series on November 22, it was Roman who rendered Raw’s representative unconscious with a Guillotine Choke to win their war. A man of pride, the Scot would naturally want revenge on the biggest stage of the year.
As for Daniel Bryan, both he and good friend Kevin Owens have been the target of Reigns and Jey Uso in recent months. WWE have already delayed Roman vs. Bryan which, according to Meltzer, was originally set for TLC. It’s not a huge stretch of the imagination to see them delaying it beyond Royal Rumble to make a WrestleMania clash feel special.
The other option would be a Triple Threat Match which would see Reigns vs. McIntyre vs. Bryan. A feat accomplished by having the leader of the Yes Movement win the Royal Rumble Match and challenge both men for their respective gold.