A new report has given details on the much-hoped-for WrestleMania 38 showdown between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.
While it has long been anticipated that Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns are set to clash at WrestleMania 38 in April, the road to the bout has recently taken some unexpected turns.
In the hours before WWE Day 1 on January 1st, Roman Reigns announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to compete in his scheduled Universal Championship defence against Brock Lesnar. This led to Lesnar being added to the Fatal-Four-Way match for the WWE Championship. When the dust settled, it was Lesnar who emerged with the title as the show went off the air.
This has resulted in speculation that a huge ‘Title vs. Title’ match could take place at ‘The Showcase of the Immortals’ if both men successfully defend their titles at the Royal Rumble. Further fuel was added to the fire when ‘The Beast Incarnate’ challenged ‘The Tribal Chief’ on a recent episode of SmackDown, although Reigns turned down the offer.
Now, a new report has now claimed that there are no plans for the potential match between the two to include championship belts. Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that while a match between the two will happen, it might not happen in the way many expect.
“I was told no. That they just did it because those two guys had the belt at the time. So it made sense to do it at the time. But, at the time, that was not the direction that they were planning on…Lesnar and Reigns are going to have a match. I think we’ll have a lot better idea of what’s gonna happen after the Royal Rumble. But, if Seth wins and then Lesnar’s wrestling Roman, I would presume Roman beats him to win a belt back. Because Lesnar’s not going to be around long-term and Roman will be around every week.”
Turning to Seth Rollins, Meltzer discussed how the situation regarding ‘The Drip King’ is less certain.
“And then Rollins, I don’t know what their plans are as far as how long he would go long-term. They could have Big E beat him or they could just keep Seth going. They could have Lashley or… Kevin Owens. I mean there’s a lot of different ways they can go.”
At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar is set to defend the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley. Meanwhile, Roman Reigns will defend the Universal Championship against Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins. On the most recent episode of Raw, Rollins confirmed that he will stay on the red brand even if he claims SmackDown’s top title.
H/T to Ringside News for the above transcription.