The WWE Championship and Universal could change brands soon Latest speculation about what may happen next January 29 at WWE Royal Rumble Seth Rollins could beat Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble and take the Universal title to Raw.
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WWE’s plans were complicated on Day 1 with the dismissal of Roman Reigns, but the company wants to rebuild the original plan at WrestleMania, despite Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Championship on January 1, apparently changing many things planned since the beginning.
Dave Meltzer, a journalist for the Wrestling Observer, has indicated from the beginning that WWE’s plan was for Seth Rollins to win the 4-way match on Day 1 to be crowned the new WWE champion. The plan would continue with a Raw superstar, presumably Big E or Bobby Lashley, winning the Royal Rumble battle royal and facing Seth Rollins at WrestleMania.
“I was kind of told it’s gonna end up where it’s supposed to be. So I wonder if that means they’re gonna switch belts, like the Universal belt with Seth goes on RAW and the WWE belt that Roman would end up most likely, I’m gonna guess but Brock would have, would be on SmackDown,” he added. (H/T WrestlingNews.co)
The other great match had to be the match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. However, it seems that WWE had planned a defeat of Reigns on Day 1 to regain the title at WrestleMania against Brock Lesnar in a final final fight. Now that Lesnar is WWE champion, that plan cannot be carried out with the Universal title, but it can be carried out with the WWE belt.
The latest speculation is that Seth Rollins will beat Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble, leaving The Tribal Chief without a Universal title and with another goal: to win the WWE Championship from Brock Lesnar. The path has not been specified, given that WWE could decide that Roman would get a title shot on the same night by winning the Royal Rumble.
However, this could mean that with his victory, Seth Rollins would take the Universal Championship to Raw, while on SmackDown they would play the last stage of the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar.
Meltzer is not sure if WWE wanted to lose Roman Reigns to Lesnar on Day 1, but they have confirmed “100%” that Seth Rollins was destined to win the four-way match. “I know 100 percent that the plan was for Seth to win the WWE Championship match,” he confirmed on his radio show.