It would seem the road to the next Undisputed WWE Universal Championship defense for Roman Reigns could be starting earlier than expected.
The last time Roman Reigns put the gold on the line was at SummerSlam 2023, where the family rivalry came to a head as he defeated Jey Uso. His last appearance was on the following week’s edition of SmackDown, where he took a superkick from Uso who then “quit” WWE.
There has been plenty of speculation that Crown Jewel would be the next logical time for ‘The Tribal Chief’ to defend his title. With the event taking place in Saudi Arabia on November 4th, there would need to be some kind of build in to his potential match.
Roman Reigns Advertised for 10/13 SmackDown
There had already been some advertising indicating that things were moving in this direction, with Reigns on the advertising for the 27th October episode of the blue brand set to emanate from Milwaukee. However, it would now seem that he’ll be back inside a WWE ring at least a couple of weeks before that.
An additional advertisement from The BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma has noted that Roman Reigns has been added to the bill for the show.
SHOW UPDATE: Another @WWE Superstar is headed to Tulsa! Great new seats have been added so grab your tickets now and don’t miss the opportunity to see @WWERomanReigns live in action at BOK Center on October 13th!
This would lead nicely in to Roman Roman Reigns having a month of television before going in to a title defense. As for a potential opponent at Crown Jewel, it could be former rival AJ Styles, who Reigns feuded with back in 2016. Styles has recently been involved in Smackdown storylines with Roman’s cousins Solo Sikoa & Jimmy Uso, so that could lead to the Tribal Chief coming back to deal with Styles.