The next person to challenge for Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship has been revealed. At the Royal Rumble, The Tribal Chief will put the title on the line against his former Shield brother Seth Rollins.
The announcement was made on the January 7th edition of SmackDown. Due to new WWE Champion Brock Lesnar now facing Bobby Lashley for the title at the Rumble, this left Reigns without an opponent for the event. WWE Official Adam Pearce stated that WWE Management demanded that Roman will defend the Universal Championship on January 29th, and that the choice of opponent would be down to Pearce.
Later in the show, Adam Pearce approached Reigns and stated the circumstances to the next challenger to the Universal Championship. Roman seemed to be not concerned by this announcement by shrugging it off and stating that he has already beaten everyone. The Head of the Table then stated that he wanted to watch the main event, which was his cousins The Usos defend their SmackDown Tag Team Championships against The New Day in a Street Fight.
The main event ended with The Usos retaining their titles. Shortly after the bell rang, the camera cut to Roman’s locker room. A knock on the door was heard and an individual entered. The camera panned across to reveal Seth Rollins as the next challenger. Rollins laughed at his Royal Rumble opponent as the show went off the air.
As Seth Rollins is a Raw star, if he is victorious then Raw will hold both of the top championships. The current announced card for the Royal Rumble is as follows:
- Men’s Royal Rumble match – Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins, Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio Austin Theory, Sheamus and Johnny Knoxville have been officially announced for the match.
- Women’s Royal Rumble match – Carmella, Dana Brooke, Nikki A.S.H., Queen Zelina, Rhea Ripley , Tamina, Aliyah, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Natalya, Shayna Baszler, Shotzi Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Lita, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, Mickie James and Summer Rae have been officially announced for the match.
- Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Bobby Lashley – Singles match for the WWE Championship.
- Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz and Maryse – Mixed Tag Team match.
- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Doudrop or Bianca Belair or Liv Morgan – Singles match for the Raw Women’s Championship.
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins – Singles match for the Universal Championship.
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