A new report has shed light on why WWE decided to have Roman Reigns defeat Drew McIntyre to retain his Unified WWE Universal Title in the UK at Clash at the Castle.
Drew McIntyre was placed front and centre as the UK’s great hope for Clash at the Castle as the Scotsman met Roman Reigns in the main event for the Unified WWE Universal Championship.
Much of the build-up to the event had focused on the WWE’s last trip to a stadium in the UK when they brought the world SummerSlam 1992 from Wembley Stadium in London, England. On that occasion, home country star The British Bulldog captured the Intercontinental Championship from Bret Hart in the main event.
Over 62,000 fans were hoping that Scottish star Drew McIntyre could pull off a similar feat and defeat Roman Reigns but interference from Solo Sikoa put paid to that with Reigns now going over 1,000 days since being pinned in WWE.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that it had been considered to have McIntyre defeat Reigns in the UK but ultimately the championships were kept on The Tribal Chief as the company seeks to make Reigns “the legend for this generation” and that WWE has a “long-term commitment to Reigns” as champion.
The next time Roman Reigns is likely to defend his championships will be in Saudi Arabia at the Crown Jewel event in November.