Roman Reigns’ electrifying moment on Monday Night RAW when he won the WWE championship from Sheamus shook up the WrestleMania 32 card. Just when we thought we had the card figured out, the narrative has changed. How much has changed is the key question.
Some of us (like myself), have spent the last eight months making predictions about the WrestleMania 32 matches. In addition to our guesswork, there have been random reports about matches under consideration throughout the year. Now that we have a champion in place that is likely to remain through Mania, the clouds have gotten a little clearer.
Presuming that there will be no major surprises regarding the WWE world championship, here is look at some of the possible main-events that could headline WrestleMania 32 broken down by highly, most, and least likely to happen.
Highly Likely – Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE world championship
I don’t think there is any doubt that Brock will have a big spot on the upcoming Mania card. In fact, most reports confirmed that Vince McMahon expedited the Lesnar-Undertaker feud in order to open up Brock for a big match on the event. With Rock seemingly off of the card, the only other match that makes sense at this point is Lesnar vs. Reigns II.
From a creative standpoint, there really isn’t another WWE world title match that makes more sense. Their previous encounter didn’t have a definitive conclusion, due to Seth Rollins running in and cashing in his briefcase. That finish was obviously done intentionally to leave a rematch open for Lesnar vs. Reigns. The storyline of their previous match was that Lesnar gave Reigns everything he had, yet Reigns came back for more. It makes perfect sense.
Lesnar is probably the most likely candidate at this point to win the Royal Rumble. While Brock has only had one rematch for the championship, he’ll most likely have to earn it in the big match. Somehow or another the company will need to make Brock the heel. Now they could certainly fall back on a predicted storyline from last year and have Paul Heyman turn on Brock and manage Reigns, turning Reigns heel. I don’t see that happening yet somehow or another they’ve got to mitigate the booing as much as possible, otherwise Reigns’s goose is cooked in Dallas.
Roman Reigns vs. Triple H
It certainly looks like this is where they are going. The stage has been set and at any other time of the year, I’d all but lock it in. However, in order for this match to go down Triple H would have to win the Royal Rumble and I just don’t see that happening. I am not as opposed to Hunter challenging for the belt as some people are. As a matter of a fact it makes sense…later. I think come SummerSlam you have a perfect story here with the Authority getting so frustrated by their inability to find a suitable challenger for Reigns that you have Hunter offer to do the job himself. Could Triple H win the Rumble and get to Mania? He could but I don’t see it happening. If anything, I could see the match going down at Fastlane and concluding after Mania.
Most Likely – Roman Reigns vs. John Cena
This is probably the second most likely match to headline Mania. There are already reports out that indicate Cena vs. Reigns is on the books for Mania. However, those reports came out when Seth Rollins was champion. Maybe plans have changed, but generally Vince seems to stick to his guns when he has a Mania headliner on the books by that time of the year. Where that leaves Lesnar is the bigger question, but this is a viable possibility nonetheless.
The narrative will be much different here than the Lesnar vs. Reigns match. I don’t think Reigns gets booed in this scenario. In order for this to happen you’d have to book Cena to win the Royal Rumble and fans will revolt seeing that. In my opinion, I think it’s a great match to build throughout the year and peak at 33. However, if you want to ensure Reigns gets cheered in his Mania title match, there isn’t a better opponent than Cena.
Roman Reigns vs. Undertaker
This match has been predicted on social media for a while now. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but it is certainly an option. The obvious story here is Undertaker winning the Rumble and putting his career on the line vs. Reigns’ title. That said, Taker has looked great in recent months so I think he has some life left in him for at least one more Mania after 32. It’s an intriguing match and something different, but I don’t think that’s the way you want to go right now.
Least Likely – Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose’s turn on Reigns has been predicted now for about a year. Just when it looked like they were going that way, Ambrose changed direction. The booking would at least put some clarity behind their quick match at Survivor Series. Unfortunately I don’t see Ambrose winning the Rumble to get here so I think it’s a longshot.
Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
This is a wild card. WWE.com reported that Rollins would be off of WrestleMania after he tore his knee up. However, I wouldn’t completely rule him out at this point. A comeback would certainly be a miracle but Rollins is certainly motivated enough to beat his deadline. Quite frankly I think it would be better to wait until after WrestleMania to shift to this program but it’s certainly an option nonetheless.