The reason for Roman Reigns’ impending Money In The Bank absence has been revealed, with WWE allegedly hoping for strong Money In The Bank matches to make up for it.
Although he was initially used in promotional material, Roman Reigns was recently pulled from Money In The Bank. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer confirmed the report from Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, who had indicated that “plans changed” once the event moved venues.
Originally planned for the Allegiant Stadium, WWE confirmed at the end of May that the event would be changing venues. Poor ticket sales have been attributed to this, as Vince McMahon’s sports entertainment giant had failed to fill even half of what the Allegiant Stadium holds.
A Fightful Select report indicated that WWE is of the belief that both Money in the Bank ladder matches will be strong enough to carry the event in lieu of Roman’s absence. He is, however, expected to return to premium live events in time for SummerSlam.
Justin Barrasso elaborated on what Roman Reigns’ plans for the summer are, reiterating that his previously reported lineup of challengers – Riddle, Randy Orton, and Drew McIntyre – remains in place (h/t Sports Illustrated):
“The expected slate of opponents for Reigns hasn’t changed, but he currently is no longer scheduled to work Money in the Bank. Riddle called out Reigns this week on Raw, and Orton is a bona fide star always ready to step into a main event opportunity. McIntyre has steadily been building momentum, which is important as we approach the summer.”
Riddle, who was scheduled to challenge ‘The Head of the Table’ at Money In The Bank, issued a challenge to Roman on Monday’s Raw. Whether or not this actually takes place, either on a premium live events or on weekly programming, remains to be seen.
Roman Reigns has been working a reduced schedule over the past few months, effectively retiring from live events following a 22 May title defence in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Outside of his four premium live event contests, Reigns hasn’t wrestled a televised match since the 3 December SmackDown.