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By the pores and skin of his tooth—and with some assist from Solo Sikoa—Roman Reigns stays your undisputed WWE common champion, efficiently retaining over Drew McIntyre in Cardiff.
Conflict on the Fort was a serious hurdle to beat, notably with Austin Principle’s Cash within the Financial institution cash-in an additional looming risk, however The Tribal Chief has each titles firmly in his possession and a brand new ally to assist again him up in The Bloodline.
Successfully, whereas overwhelmed up, Reigns is popping out of this stronger than ever.
However if you’re on the high of the meals chain, everybody beneath you continues to be taking a look at you as their final aim. Reigns has no scarcity of challengers wanting to take these belts from him.
So what’s subsequent for The Head of the Desk?
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The following rapid factor can be taking a step again to handle what occurred in Cardiff. WWE normally will get a part of, if not a full episode, out of recapping these occasions and promos in regards to the champion efficiently retaining his title.
A lot of the main target can be on McIntyre explaining his loss and reiterating his promise to not cease vying for the title, how he blames Sikoa for interfering and can be in search of payback.
Reigns can be there as a presence, however not the primary participant. The Usos and Sami Zayn can be way more energetic and hands-on with Sikoa, wrestling in any tag crew matches that will come out of this, particularly.
The Tribal Chief will take a again seat. Even when his subsequent challenger is said, vital consideration will nonetheless must be on Sikoa so he would not get misplaced within the shuffle. That may also permit WWE some respiration room to not overexpose Reigns earlier than the following title match.
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It’s extremely unlikely Reigns can be wrestling any time before October 8 at Excessive Guidelines.
Although Friday Evening SmackDown has its justifiable share of necessary matches right here and there, Reigns sometimes would not wrestle in any respect on tv, not to mention in a title protection with a pay-per-view simply across the nook.
If he wrestles in any respect, it is going to be in a tag crew match or one thing that limits him.
There’s even an opportunity he sits out Excessive Guidelines, after skipping a number of premium dwell occasions earlier this 12 months. Nonetheless, with Paul Heyman being the spokesperson for this present’s commercials, WWE is no less than advertising The Bloodline’s involvement.
Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia is 2 months away, set to happen November 5. Since these are paid reveals that require the largest names to look, Reigns will certainly compete there.
Excessive Guidelines may very well be headlined with McIntyre in opposition to Karrion Kross in a No. 1 contender’s match or McIntyre with some teammates in opposition to The Bloodline in a gimmick match, quite than Reigns defending the title. It will be a cop out, however WWE’s finished related issues this 12 months.
On the very least, Reigns is not going two full months with out placing his belt up for grabs. Both at Excessive Guidelines, Crown Jewel or each reveals, he’ll want a challenger.
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Deciding who will get the following match in opposition to Reigns will take up the following few weeks of SmackDown, if not stretch previous Excessive Guidelines.
A rematch with McIntyre is not outdoors the realm of risk, however The Scottish Warrior would wish to first plead his case that he deserves it because of the interference, then seemingly win some type of contender’s match to formally re-earn the chance.
Kross is counting down the times—actually—to when he can take his shot. He will not sit by idly and let others lower in entrance of him in line.
The one different Superstars hovering the title scene and interacting with The Bloodline are Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. The latter continues to be sucking as much as the faction and hasn’t fairly realized how low on the totem pole he’s, however his finest pal is beginning to open his eyes.
There’s all the time an opportunity WWE surprises audiences with a stunning return like Bray Wyatt or Braun Strowman, who may go straight for Reigns and combat him at Excessive Guidelines, however the safer guess is on McIntyre, Kross, Owens or, to a lesser extent, Zayn, being the following challenger.
To keep away from having two heels in opposition to one another, WWE would possibly arrange a Triple Menace with Reigns in opposition to McIntyre and Kross at Excessive Guidelines, earlier than transferring on to a particular attraction visitor challenger for Crown Jewel who is available in for one evening solely or returns to motion later in October.
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WWE won’t have all the pieces up till WrestleMania 39 deliberate out for Reigns at this explicit second, however there no less than must be a common concept of what he is doing for the following tentpole “Massive 4” present, Survivor Sequence.
Judging by the graphics, the Uncooked vs. SmackDown model warfare is ready to proceed, however with a number of twists.
Usually, on high of the Group Uncooked vs. Group SmackDown males’s and girls’s elimination matches, every model’s champions goes up in opposition to their equal title-holder. Intercontinental champion Gunther will combat United States champion Bobby Lashley and so forth.
Whereas holding each units of titles, Reigns and The Usos don’t have any parallel champions. They will both not be having these forms of matches or will simply have common challengers like another occasion.
Whoever hasn’t already been used between McIntyre, Kross, Owens and Zayn can have the title shot, lose, and permit Reigns to face tall above each rosters, assuming Principle hasn’t messed issues up within the meantime.
Ending out this 12 months can be a break for a part of December whereas WWE units up whoever challenges Reigns for Day 1, tying that into Royal Rumble and kicking off The Highway to WrestleMania 39, which all appears to be constructing towards a match with The Rock.
Anthony Mango is the proprietor of the wrestling web site Smark Out Moment and the host of the podcast present Smack Talk on YouTube, Spotify and all over the place you discover podcasts. You may comply with him on Facebook and elsewhere for extra.