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What if Roman Reigns isn’t ready for WWE WrestleMania 31?

As many of us may already know, Roman Reigns will be positioned to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by beating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31.  For a long time I was on board with this decision. There were no questions in my mind that he would be ready to carry the company by the time Mania rolled around.  When The Shield broke up, the WWE did a really nice job protecting him by sticking him in tag matches and not giving him a ton of promo time.  But as time went on they had no choice but to give him more singles matches and time on the microphone.  That’s when I started to doubt that he currently had what it took to be at the top of the WWE.  He certainly has the look and the physical ability they are going for, but we all know that it takes more than that to be the face of the WWE.

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose both received makeovers when their time with The Shield was over and I’m not too sure why Reigns did not.  In their eyes, I am sure they believed he didn’t need it and everything he was doing fit his personality.  His attire, walkout and music needs to be changed if he’s going to be a super star.  I really hope they take the time that he’s out to rebrand him a little.  He doesn’t need a huge change, but change must be made.

He does have some issues with his move set, but as we’ve seen with Randy Orton and John Cena, the face of the company does not need a crazy tool bag of moves.  He doesn’t need to be a high-flyer or a giant risk taker as long as he gets the job done.  I am a big fan of the superman punch, but I think the spear is one of the weakest finishers in the business.  Reigns does fit the physical mold of Goldberg and Batista, but I feel he can be a much better in-ring performer than both of them.  He is a superb athlete and there’s no reason that he shouldn’t be able to do more in the ring.

Most importantly, he really is not all that great on the mic and that’s the biggest issue.  I felt like he was getting better before he was put on the shelf with hernia surgery, but the LIVE interviews, most recently at Survivor Series, that they’ve done with him while recovering were not good.  Again, he is a good talker and seems like a smart guy, so I am confident that he’ll be able to pick up the promo game.  Also, hopefully the acting classes he’s supposedly taking will make a difference.  He must find a way to improve, because if he can’t connect with the crowd, he will not make it.  He just needs reps and that’s difficult when he’s not on TV every week.

So, if he doesn’t make the necessary improvements, what happens at WrestleMania 31?  Do they throw the strap on him whether he’s ready or not?  Do they throw a curve ball and put the title on someone else?  Regardless of what they decide to do, the Royal Rumble makes for a very easy opportunity to call an audible.  The problem is, there aren’t a ton of great options and March 29th is coming up fast so there will not be enough time to build someone new. Cersaro, Bray Wyatt, Bad New Barrett and Rusev are not ready to be pushed that far.  Does Daniel Bryan make it back in time?  Do they empty the bank for CM Punk?  Here are my suggestions, if for some reason Roman Reigns is not ready to defeat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31.

John Cena

This is my least favorite, but most likely scenario if Reigns is not going to face Brock at WrestleMania.  When in doubt put the title on Cena.  There is no doubt in my mind that the WWE would salivate at the chance to do Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena again, this time at WrestleMania.  Also, like I have mentioned before, Cena is the super star least affected by a short title reign.  If they wanted Rollins to cash-in, Cena would be a perfect candidate for this scenario.

Randy Orton

It would be a lot of fun if baby face Randy Orton got to feud with Brock.  Orton should be the next opponent for Brock instead of Cena, but unfortunately it’s not happening.  If Orton wins the Rumble it would be a very easy build towards Mania and like Cena, he would not suffer from a short title reign is they wanted Rollins to cash-in.  Rollins has history with both Orton and Cena so that feud would write itself.

Dean Ambrose

Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar is the match I hope we all get to see one day.  I’m not confident that the WWE would position him to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 31, but I would be 100% onboard for this.  I feel like a broken record, but he is the best thing going right now in the WWE.  I think it takes a really special person to defeat Lesnar and I think he should be on that short list.  Ambrose obviously isn’t physically imposing like Cena or Triple H, but his style makes up for that.  They don’t call him the Lunatic Fringe for nothing.  He has shown that he can take a beating and will keep on coming no matter what and that’s the kind of wrestler that could defeat the Beast Incarnate.  In the current state of the WWE, this is one of my must-see dream matches.

Dolph Zigler

As much as I would love to see Dolph Ziggler in position to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, his size makes it the least realistic of all the scenarios.  Unless of course The Undertaker has a part in Brock losing the title.  If that were the case, Ziggler would be the perfect option.  After what happened at Survivor Series, he’s has hot as it gets.  It would be very easy to ride that momentum all the way to the Royal Rumble.  Personally, I would love to see Ziggler as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and I know the WWE Universe would not have any issues with that.

Ryback

As I have stated in the past, I do not mind Ryback as much as other do.  Is he the best wrestler in the company?  Of course not but I find him to be fairly entertaining.  He’s a massive guy with a decent move set for someone who weighs almost 300 pounds.  They messed up his push the first time so maybe they want to give it a second try and actually put the title on him.  Ryback vs. Brock Lesnar would be a pretty interesting matchup.  There aren’t many guys who can match strength and intensity with Brock and I think Ryback could be one of them.  He’s been pretty hot since his return so we will see if he becomes a title player later in the year.

The Undertaker

This is one of the more unlikely situations, but I know this would be the biggest thing they can do with Brock at WrestleMania.  Eric, the man behind the Camel Clutch Blog has talked about this matchup before and there is no question, if The Undertaker is healthy enough, they should make it happen.  Just imagine him being a surprise final entry for the Royal Rumble, winning the whole thing, beating Brock to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and then officially drifting into retirement.  That would be an absolute epic end to one of the greatest careers of all-time.  As much as I want that to happen, it’s not sounding good for Taker to perform as Mania.  If that’s the case, he must have an impact on the match causing Brock to drop the title.  Either way, The Undertaker should have a major impact on what happens with the championship at WrestleMania.

They may not all be great but there are options out there if Reigns isn’t ready to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.  There’s no question that I think he could be the guy to take over for John Cena one day and I am rooting for him to be successful.  I do enjoy what he brings to the table, but time is running out.  As always it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch this all play out leading into WrestleMania season.  If I had to make a prediction today, Roman Reigns will defeat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 to become Champion.

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