The ending of WWE Clash at the Castle saw Roman Reigns standing tall with two championships, but there was apparently an idea considered to have Drew McIntyre leave with one of the titles.
In the main event of WWE Clash at the Castle, Roman Reigns defended the Undisputed WWE Universal Title (meaning the WWE & Universal Titles) against Drew McIntyre, who was arguably Roman’s toughest challenger in over two years.
What made the title defense even tougher for Reigns is that the event was held in Cardiff, Wales against McIntyre, who is from the United Kingdom (Scotland) as well. The crowd was strongly behind McIntyre during the match and there was a belief among many people watching the show that this would be the right time for Reigns to lose his titles.
There was a point in the match where Austin Theory tried to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase, but boxing World Champion Tyson Fury knocked him out at ringside to stop that. After McIntyre hit Reigns with a Claymore Kick, it looked like Drew had the match won until Solo Sikoa debuted on the main roster to pull the referee out of the ring. After Solo got in a cheap shot on McIntyre, Reigns hit a Spear for the pinfall win to disappoint the fans.
The @Wrestlevotes Twitter account revealed to Give Me Sport that WWE actually considered having Theory do the cash-in during the match, which would then lead to McIntyre likely leaving with one of the championships.
“The only thing they could think of was with Austin Theory. He was going to somehow make it known that he was only cashing in for one of the belts. Therefore, it became a triple threat, and Tyson Fury stopped him like he did, and Drew would then would take one of the titles.”
“For whatever reason, that didn’t work, and it sounds really convoluted. I don’t know how you’re gonna pull it off on TV.”
Having Theory try to cash in to split the two titles into one may have been considered back in September, but it can’t happen now since Theory lost the Money in the Bank briefcase on the November 7th edition of Raw.
Reigns recently passed 800 days as the WWE Universal Champion while McIntyre hopes to get another shot at The Tribal Chief some day.