Roman Reigns has discussed the backstage manoeuvring which led to him being pulled from Money In The Bank 2022 despite previously being advertised.
The lead up to Money In The Bank was far from straightforward for WWE. After returning the company at WrestleMania 38, Cody Rhodes had been heavily featured on television, but any long-term plans were thrown into disarray as he suffered a serious pectoral injury.
This blow came after WWE had already moved the event from planned venue the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to the much smaller MGM Grand Garden Arena. While the move was reportedly made due to poor ticket sales, the prospective card also underwent some changes.
Despite being previously advertised to appear, Roman Reigns missed the show. It had been suggested that Reigns would be facing Riddle at the event, instead, the match took place on SmackDown.
Speaking on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina, Reigns discussed a wide range of subjects, including the change to his schedule. The Tribal Chief revealed that once Money In The Bank was moved, he was always intended to miss the show.
“The strategy for the first few months after Mania was to be on Money in the Bank, but once the show was changed and it was moved from Allegiant Stadium and into the arena, we re-strategized and we stayed on the path of hitting the huge ones going into the winter.
Once Money in the Bank was moved, I was pulled from that and we knew we were going to hit SummerSlam and Cardiff being a huge stadium show, an international show, I knew I was going to be part of that. For me, it wasn’t a surprise, once I knew things were up with Money in the Bank, I figured there would be an adjustment there.”
Elsewhere, Reigns revealed that he recently signed a new deal with WWE while detailing his reasons for working a vastly reduced schedule.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.