WWE Break Disappointing World Title Record For First Time Since 2014

WWE Roman Reigns

WWE are known for breaking records, but this one might not be so popular among fans.

WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns hasn’t been featured on a Premium Live Event since WrestleMania Backlash earlier this year. Although he’s scheduled to appear later this month at SummerSlam, new reports suggest that he’s about to disappear from the PPV calendar again.

The Tribal Chief was not featured on the new poster promoting October’s Extreme Rules PPV. While this doesn’t confirm that Reigns won’t be present at the show, it appears unlikely. Fans may remember WWE removing Reigns from the Money In The Bank poster when it was decided that he wouldn’t appear at the show.

Reigns’ exclusion from Money In The Bank marked the first time since 2014 that the company had gone three straight PPV’s without a World Championship match. It was reported that Reigns’ new contract includes him taking fewer dates than usual. The company has used Reigns sparingly since WrestleMania and relied primarily on other talents such as Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins, and others to compensate for the loss.

Reigns last defended the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Riddle on the June 17th edition of SmackDown. He was then attacked by a returning Brock Lesnar, who gave him his signature F-5 after faking a potential handshake with the Tribal Chief.

The company has promoted Reigns’ match against Lesnar at SummerSlam to be their final match. Only time will tell whether that is the case.