“No Holds Barred” Match Announced for Universal Championship at WWE Payback, Plans for Roman Reigns

At SummerSlam, Roman Reigns speared “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and destroyed Braun Strowman to mark his grand return to WWE television. The Fiend won the Universal Title but The Big Dog stole the show.

Reigns is now scheduled to collide with The Fiend and Strowman for the Universal Championship in a Triple Threat title showdown this Sunday at Payback.

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE’s actual plan is to follow the canceled WrestleMania 36 plans for Reigns as it stood prior to determining that crowning Goldberg the champion was essential for The Showcase of Immortals.

The Triple Threat No-Holds Barred match is just a placeholder before the company can book the mega bout they always wanted – Reigns vs. The Fiend.

“The big match is probably gonna be Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt which is the match that they were originally gonna have at WrestleMania before Vince changed his mind and went with Goldberg. That had been planned probably since October, so that’s the direction they’re going in now, but they didn’t want to go right away and with a one-week build it would have been stupid to do it right away.”

It was further noted that Strowman’s inclusion in Sunday’s title match essentially means that The Monster is set to take a loss.

It’s evident that WWE’s sole agenda is to protect The Big Dog at all costs, even if that means throwing the revamped Strowman under the bus for the time being. Reigns is about to step back into the spotlight and it’s only a matter of time before he becomes the face of SmackDown once again.

While Clash of Champions is WWE’s next pay-per-view scheduled for September 20th, it remains to be seen just how long the WWE universe has to wait before Vince McMahon finally puts the Universal Championship on Reigns.