Triple H winning Sunday’s Royal Rumble in Orlando has all but confirmed WrestleMania 32’s main event: a showdown between the Cerebral Assassin and Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It now seems a sure bet that this match will take place at the Showcase of Immortals.
At the end of January 25th’s Monday Night Raw it was announced that the main event at Fastlane on February 21 will be a triple threat No. 1 contender’s match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Reigns seems an obvious choice to win and face Triple H at WrestleMania 32 as Reigns is on a quest to fight the injustice bestowed upon him. Besides, Dean Ambrose is still intercontinental champion and Lesnar – who was eliminated in the Rumble match by Bray Wyatt and the other three members of The Wyatt Family – will likely seek revenge against the Eater of Worlds at WWE’s biggest stage.
The storyline of Triple H’s Rumble win and the subsequent expected face-off with Reigns on April 3 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has already been criticized by the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) for its predictability. Alarm bells are ringing and harsh remarks are being directed to WWE Creative for the lack of originality and what many expect to be a clear Reigns win. Though excellent in his role, Triple H as the nemesis heel will finally put Reigns over at WWE’s biggest event. And WWE will pray for Reigns to not be booed out of the building when that happens.
Let’s face it. Reigns is the new standard bearer of WWE, whether we like it or not. He has been handpicked by Vince McMahon to steer the sports entertainment company into a new era and gradually move away from superstars nearing the end of their in-ring careers. Goodbye John Cena, Triple H, Undertaker. Make way for Roman Reigns. As the former Shield member himself says: “Believe that!” But this is not the issue at stake. The main problem with Triple H winning the Rumble and facing Reigns at WrestleMania is that this continues the three year old Authority storyline, which began with Daniel Bryan. The IWC is saying that it is tired of the same feud at every WrestleMania and having to see Triple H and Stephanie on Monday Night Raw, week in week out. So to properly begin the Reigns era, WWE Creative need to come up with a new storyline and have the Authority take a backseat or be removed completely. This would not only refresh the overall product, but it would allow to properly build up heels moving forward. I think the IWC is simply asking for things to be spiced up and more entertaining.
So why not start with the WrestleMania 32 main event? And how about adding a career-ending stipulation for the competitors? By winning the match and regaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Roman Reigns could force Triple H to retire. The shockwave would be huge and the Authority would crumble once and for all. In the build-up between Fastlane and WrestleMania, Triple H could continue taunting the audience and creating antagonistic heat the way he did in the opening segment of Monday Night Raw on January 25. He could boast about being the champ, the Authority, and having the power to keep the title away from wannabes such as Reigns. He could use the League of Nations to interfere in all of Reigns’s matches in March. Reigns could continue the one vs. all storyline and be put into handicap matches. He could continue to be broken down by the Authority and no longer represent a serious threat. Triple H’s ego would be so big that he could decide to put his career on the line at WrestleMania, knowing that Reigns would cause him no trouble. But his arrogance would cause ultimately his downfall and Reigns would win cleanly after an epic struggle. Or maybe Sting could make his comeback and help Reigns while carrying out some unfinished business with the Authority.
Another welcome twist would be a Roman Reigns heel turn at WrestleMania. Not only would he win cleanly and regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but he would issue a brutal beat down of Triple H and destroy the Authority. The next night on Monday Night Raw, Reigns could take center stage in the opening segment and herald the rise of the Roman Empire: some sort of new Authority with an evil Reigns at the helm. As the central omnipotent heel, Reigns could thrive. Weave in Paul Heyman as his newly-appointed “consigliere” to carry out the promos, and we have the basis of a golden new storyline. The challengers to Roman Empire could be John Cena seeking to end Reigns’s dominance and capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for a sixteenth time, or a returning babyface Seth Rollins.
The possibilities are numerous and mouth-watering. Whatever the outcome of WrestleMania, WWE needs to start afresh, commence a saga of epic proportions, and above all, keep the IWC guessing.