A popular theory among wrestling fans is that this Sunday’s main event is the coronation of Roman Reigns as WWE’s top guy.
Too bad that Reigns is already WWE’s top guy. Reigns has been WWE’s top guy for years, and has already had his WrestleMania moment. He’s one of only two people to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. The other is his opponent this Sunday.
So in just two days when Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar square off for the Universal Championship, it’s not about crowning Reigns as WWE’s golden boy. We already knew that. It’s about the culmination of a feud that dates back to WrestleMania 31.
This is about the WWE providing some long-term storytelling to a feud that might have been done a little too soon. That’s why this match might not go on last on Sunday. It’s not designed to send the people home happy.
Vince McMahon is a very smart businessman and knows the pro wrestling (or sports entertainment) business better than most. He understands that despite all of his efforts the last four weeks that Reigns is getting booed on Sunday.
What is going to send the people home happy is Ronda Rousey making Stephanie McMahon tap out in the middle of the ring, which is why it still could be a candidate to close the show.
WWE has tried everything in their power to get Lesnar booed, which might include getting Dana White to say that Lesnar is definitely coming back to the UFC. They have been able to make some small progress, with Reigns getting cheered this past week in Atlanta.
The crowd on Sunday isn’t going to be the crowd from Atlanta. In New Orleans, the crowd is going to be anti-Roman. That doesn’t mean they are pro-Brock, it just means they will boo Reigns.
If we accept the idea that the WWE isn’t coronating Reigns on Sunday, that opens up plenty of options for what could happen.
Reigns could turn heel and align himself with Paul Heyman, a great story with Lesnar being out the door. Brock Lesnar could win and retain the belt, a swerve that would shock the entire WWE Universe.
Both of those possibilities are there the moment that the idea of a fourth straight Reigns coronating goes out the window.
Why would the WWE need to coronate Reigns when two years ago at WrestleMania 32 he had that exact moment. He won the championship and beat the Authority to do it. If Roman hadn’t had that, and all he had was WrestleMania 31 (a loss) and WrestleMania 33 (a victory over a once-defeated Undertaker), then one could argue that Reigns needs that moment with the title over his head.
We’ve been there and we’ve already done it. That’s why this Sunday isn’t a coronation. It’s a good old fashion wrestling storyline for the main championship of the show.
If it doesn’t go on last, the door is open for something fishy to go down. If it does close the show, it’s less about Reigns and more about the storyline.
Either way, enjoy this for what it is. A storyline with WWE’s guy in the main event. A guy they already appointed their future years ago.