According to reports, Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns might forfeit one of his world titles before WrestleMania 39.
The Tribal Chief has ruled over the Universal Championship for over two years since he turned heel. However, Brock Lesnar’s return in 2021 landed Reigns with the WWE Championship on his shoulder.
When The Beast Incarnate lost the WWE title to Bobby Lashley, he won it back at the 2022 Elimination Chamber. Following a last-minute entry at Royal Rumble 2022 and winning it, Lesnar challenged Reigns to a Winner Takes All Match for both titles. However, the Head of the Table smashed and slayed Brock Lesnar, only to conquer and become a double championship holder at WrestleMania 38.
Since Mania this year, the company has had challengers for Reigns, putting both titles on the line. Now, ahead of Road to WrestleMania 39, WWE could separate the Universal and World titles.
WrestlingNews.co has learned that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is still not confirmed for WrestleMania. The company’s current strategy is that Cody Rhodes will challenge Reigns for the Universal Championship if The Rock cannot attend.
WWE reportedly wants The Rock to commit before the Royal Rumble because that is when things start for the Shows of the Immortals.
1- Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns à Wrestlemania 38, sur la continuité de Wm37 Reigns confirme grâce à cette victoire qu’il est le CHAMPION INCONTESTÉ à la WWE, il est plus à qu’à son prime. pic.twitter.com/yvAGZ6R14Q
— Amad FCB™ (@amadbx) December 26, 2022
Furthermore, the WWE Championship match for WrestleMania 39’s first night is expected to feature Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre.
The possible lineup for WrestleMania 39 if Roman Reigns loses a title
Since WWE intends to defend each of Reigns’ titles during WrestleMania 39, and he is only booked for one match, his status as a double champion could change.
As per WrestlingNews.co, the following are the current reported plans for the WrestleMania main event matches:
Night 1 – WWE Championship:
Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins or Cody Rhodes.
Night 2 – Universal Championship:
Roman Reigns vs. TBD. If The Rock is unable to perform, Cody Rhodes will step in.
Current plan for the #WrestleMania main event:
Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre or Cody Rhodes for the WWE Championship
Roman Reigns vs. TBD for the Universal Championship
If they can't get The Rock then Cody will be in the spot against Roman.
— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) December 26, 2022
How the company will split the WWE Championship and Universal Championship is still reportedly being determined. However, it seems each brand will have a top title heading into the summer.
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