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After years of ups and down, Roman Reigns is at the moment within the primetime of his WWE profession. Nevertheless, Saturday’s Conflict on the Fortress occasion at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, may spell the tip for the Head of the Desk’s historic championship run. At 732 days as WWE Common Champion, Reigns (actual title Joe Anoa’i) is the longest reigning WWE world champ within the trendy period and the sixth longest ever. (He additionally picked up the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 38 on April 3.) Nevertheless, Drew McIntyre, Reigns’ Conflict on the Fortress opponent, would possibly finish all of it at at present’s occasion, which will stream on Peacock at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).
McIntyre is on an absolute tear proper now and possibly has extra momentum than ever. A victory can be an enormous return to the highest for McIntyre that feels prefer it’s been years within the making. He had a scorching run towards Brock Lesnar in 2020, in the end profitable the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 36. Nevertheless that victory — and all of McIntyre’s first and second WWE title reigns — occurred whereas coronavirus restrictions had been in place. No followers noticed the Scottish wrestler’s success in particular person, and his run’s impression was stunted by the world’s total lack of curiosity in an audience-less wrestling product.
Regardless of this, McIntyre has been more-or-less “protected” because it involves his standing as one among WWE’s high faces. As soon as he grew to become No. 1 contender on the SmackDown earlier than SummerSlam this yr, it looks as if he is been in overdrive. At SummerSlam, he stood amongst the viewers members to chop a fiery promo. It actually gave off “folks’s champion” vibes, full with a flashy pyro show. He then went toe-to-toe with Reigns and the Bloodline, in addition to starring in some show-stealing segments, reminiscent of an intense Uncooked face-off with Kevin Owens that fan viewers rave.
Should you pair this momentum, WWE’s rejuvenated artistic underneath Paul Levesque (former WWE Famous person Triple H), and the truth that McIntyre is performing within the U.Okay. throughout WWE’s first stadium present there in 30 years, it positive does really feel like the celebrities are aligning. If there was a time to begin a run with McIntyre as “the man” in WWE, this needs to be it.
On Reigns’ finish, it might not hurt him to drop his title belts to McIntyre. He has actually etched his method into historical past as one of many wrestling business’s best stars. Lengthy-term he may get a title championship any time down the highway, or he may even turn out to be a “particular attraction” performer making uncommon appearances like John Cena and Goldberg have achieved lately. Quick-term he may even have loads of rivalries lined up by way of WrestleMania 39. Particularly given his sparser occasion schedule in current months, Reigns may keep occupied with a McIntyre rematch earlier than easing into non-title packages with Owens, Sami Zayn, his rumored-to-be-debuting-soon cousin Solo Sikoa and/or — in what can be a dream match — his different cousin Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Reigns’ story as “the Head of the Desk” transcends the belts, and the tip of this chapter of his profession may begin with dropping the titles to McIntyre.
However who is aware of, maybe, WWE desires to maintain constructing Reigns’ dominance even increased. One other opponent down the road, like Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, or the at the moment injured Cody Rhodes, may take the belt as an alternative. We’ll simply have to attend and see what occurs at Conflict on the Fortress. As with all WWE premium dwell occasions, wrestling followers can watch it through Peacock. The streaming service has each mid-tier and ad-free plans out there. Click here for sign-up info.