Roman Reigns has wrestled just one WWE match since he made his return at SummerSlam and is already Universal Champion.
The expected storyline route following Payback is for Reigns to defend his Universal Championship against Bray Wyatt’s Fiend at the next pay-per-view event, but even though Hell In A Cell is around the corner, Sportskeeda’s Tom Colohue reported on the latest episode of Dropkick Discussions that Roman Reigns isn’t expected to be wrestling as part of the event.
“The plan at the moment is to have a long Championship reign – Brock Lesnar style – with a few more Championship defenses. He will be defending the title at Clash of Champions, likely against The Fiend. And after that, The Fiend becomes the long-term goal. The Fiend becomes the chaser.”
“He’s not going to be feuding with anyone inside the Hell in a Cell, that will be going to someone else. I strongly suspect that we’re going to see a brand change between the WWE and Universal Championships.”
This means that Reigns’ feud with The Fiend won’t be taken to the next level inside Satan’s Structure in October, but the two men could go to war at Clash of Champions later this month, even though Reigns is expected to retain his new Championship.
With WWE Draft right around the corner, it’s thought that there could be a number of changes to Raw and SmackDown. This could mean a move over to Raw for Roman Reigns while the WWE Champion at the time would then head to SmackDown.
WWE is aware that their product needs to be freshened up after a number of issues throughout the year when it comes to the on-going pandemic. Some big-name moves as part of the upcoming draft could be the perfect way to achieve this.