The end of Roman Reigns’ historic championship run may be near as he is set to defend both of his titles against Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle.
Roman Reigns has dominated WWE for the past two years. Following a break in early 2020 due to concerns about the global health pandemic, Reigns returned at SummerSlam and one week later won the Universal Title from “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (Braun Strowman was also in the match since it was a triple threat) on August 30, 2020, at an event called Payback. For the past two years, Reigns has held onto that blue Universal Title as The Head of the Table on Smackdown.
In addition to the Universal Title, Reigns also added the WWE Title to his belt collection at WrestleMania 38 earlier this year when he defeated Brock Lesnar. Since that moment, Reigns has been called the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion while beating Lesnar again (thanks to some help) in a spectacular match at SummerSlam last month. Roman’s cousins The Usos are also the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions since they hold the Raw & Smackdown Tag Team Titles, which makes them the most dominant group in WWE, perhaps of all time.
A question that has lingered for the past two years is: “Who is going to beat Roman and when?” The answer is impossible to know, but several of WWE’s greatest superstars have tried to beat him and all of them failed. Names like Lesnar, John Cena, Edge, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, Bill Goldberg, Riddle and even cousin Jey Uso failed. WWE recently revealed the Top 10 Moments during Roman’s run as The Tribal Chief, which is a reference to this reign as champion.
This upcoming weekend presents perhaps Roman’s toughest test because he will face Drew McIntyre, who hasn’t had a title match against Reigns. McIntyre, who is from Scotland, will be on the UK home turf since the Clash at the Castle event will take place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales with 70,000+ people in attendance.
When Reigns faced McIntyre at Survivor Series 2020 in a matchup of Reigns as Universal and McIntyre as WWE Champion, Reigns won that match although he did get some help. This time, both of Roman’s titles are on the line.
The Twitter account Wrestlevotes, which has broken many stores in the past, noted that there have been discussions in WWE about Reigns losing the titles he currently holds:
“For the first time in a long time, there has been some discussions creatively regarding Roman Reigns dropping the title(s). I’m hearing multiple ideas have intrigued those making the final call come Saturday in Cardiff. Should be an interesting week ahead…”
For the first time in a long time, there has been some discussions creatively regarding Roman Reigns dropping the title(s). I’m hearing multiple ideas have intrigued those making the final call come Saturday in Cardiff. Should be an interesting week ahead…
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) August 29, 2022
Should the UK’s own Drew McIntyre be the one to end the historically great title run of Roman Reigns? It’s also possible that it could be Money in the Bank contract holder Theory as the man that dethrones Reigns or even McIntyre if he takes the title. We’ll have to find out at Clash at the Castle this Saturday in Cardiff, Wales.
Here’s the lineup so far.
* Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
* Bianca Belair, Asuka & Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley, Dakota Kai & IYO SKY
* Riddle vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins
* Intercontinental Championship: Gunther (c) vs. Sheamus
* Smackdown Women’s Championship: Liv Morgan (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
You can watch WWE Clash at the Castle, streaming live Saturday, September 3, at 1pm ET/10am PT on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.