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December 2, 2017 - WWE


WWE Still Planning On Doing Roman Reigns Vs. Brock Lesnar At WrestleMania 34?

Despite Roman Reigns recently winning a Intercontinental Championship, long-term skeleton for “The Big Dog” sojourn a same.

According to Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t WrestlingInc), Reigns is still approaching to face Brock Lesnar for a Universal Championship during WrestleMania 34:

There had been some conjecture on WrestleMania 34 skeleton presumably changing for Roman Reigns after he won a WWE Intercontinental Title from The Miz final week yet Dave Meltzer remarkable on Wrestling Observer Radio that skeleton have not changed. As of a week ago, a devise for a WrestleMania 34 categorical eventuality is for Reigns to plea WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. No word nonetheless on if Reigns will be going into WrestleMania with a Intercontinental Title yet it’s believed that he will dump it before then.


For a improved partial of a year now, a long-running devise has been for Reigns to face and better Lesnar for a Universal pretension during WrestleMania 34, with a thought being that it will strictly cement Reigns as a “new face of a company.”

One could argue, however, that that’s already happened. Given a new engagement of John Cena, who mislaid to Reigns during No Mercy and afterwards had a totally forgettable entrance during Survivor Series, it’s transparent that WWE is relocating on from Cena being a face of WWE and is good on a approach to substantiating Reigns in that role.

Reigns is a company’s No. 2 sell seller and clearly one of a tip draws, so a thought that he “needs to kick Lesnar” during WrestleMania 34 is a controversial one. After all, Reigns has already degraded Cena, Braun Strowman, The Undertaker and Triple H usually over a final year and a half, giving him a career’s value of landmark victories in an impossibly brief span. But it wasn’t those victories that got him over with a crowd. It was a reunion of The Shield.

Reigns is some-more renouned now than he has been during any indicate in new memory mostly given of his organisation with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. His vital singles victories and WWE’s unconstrained enterprise to make him demeanour clever did him no favors in terms of winning over a really ardent fan bottom that hated him a most. Are we ostensible to cruise that a feat over Lesnar would be any different? Especially when it’s been telegraphed for so long, Reigns defeating Lesnar might not indispensably be a right approach to go.

In fact, it could erase a lot of a extensive work WWE has finished in removing Reigns cheered given he reunited with The Shield.


WWE May Not Have A Universal Title Match At The Royal Rumble




Want justification that WWE no longer needs Lesnar? The artistic group apparently can’t find someone for him to face during a 2018 Royal Rumble.

According to a Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Cageside Seats), it’s probable that “The Beast” will not have a Universal Championship compare during a pay-per-view due a miss of a “suitable opponent:”

Lesnar might not be fortifying a Universal pretension during Royal Rumble, according to Wrestling Observer Radio, given WWE doesn’t trust they have a suitable competition for him.

It’s also remarkable by a Observer (h/t Ringside News) that a following opponents are approaching out of a using to face Lesnar: Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe.


With Lesnar vs. Reigns still in a cards for WrestleMania 34, WWE, utterly frankly, has really few picturesque options as intensity Royal Rumble opponents for Lesnar.

That is what one of a things that has finished Lesnar unessential and doesn’t indispensably pledge that he’ll re-sign with WWE when his contract expires after WrestleMania 34. WWE has requisitioned Lesnar so strongly and requisitioned many of those aforementioned names so feeble that there is positively something to a thought that no one is a suitable competition for “The Beast.” You could disagree that Balor is a many judicious choice right now, yet Vince McMahon reportedly believes Balor is too “bland” and “not over” enough for that spot, that is equivocal absurd when we cruise his implausible popularity, approaching strong sell sales and a overwhelmingly certain greeting he consistently generates.

But with Lesnar requisitioned to be a spin above probably everybody else, there might be usually one truly picturesque competition for him during a Royal Rumble: John Cena.

Yes, we’ve been there, finished that with Cena vs. Lesnar. But even with Cena’s new waste to stars like Reigns and Shinsuke Nakamura, he’s still Cena and is maybe a usually man in a organisation noticed by a masses to be on Lesnar’s level. Especially when we cruise that Cena and Lesnar are reportedly a two biggest draws in a company, it usually creates clarity for this compare to take place one some-more time as a careers of these dual superstars start to breeze down.

Not usually would Cena vs. Lesnar give WWE a outrageous pull of a compare for The Royal Rumble, yet it would accomplish a idea of safeguarding WWE’s rising stars from descending plant to a pull of Lesnar. That seems like a best choice unless WWE decides to give a rising star like Jason Jordan a rival compare with Lesnar (so he’d demeanour good even in defeat) or put someone like Cesaro in that mark usually so Lesnar can have a peculiarity match.


AJ Styles Denies Retirement Rumors, Big Network Special Planned For Him




Despite reports to a discordant present a Internet, AJ Styles is denying that he will retire after WrestleMania 34, and according to (h/t WrestleZone), WWE is formulation on doing a vast special on Styles on a WWE Network:

WWE is already operative on their subsequent ‘WWE 365’ special for a WWE Network and this one will concentration on AJ Styles.


You might be wakeful that WWE’s many recent WWE 365 special, that focused on Kevin Owens, was a massive strike on a WWE Network, approaching both given Owens has a vast fan bottom and given it gave an “insider” demeanour that fans are meddlesome in seeing.

The fact that Styles will be a second luminary to be featured on a WWE Network special shows that WWE has a lot of faith in a sketch energy of Styles, who will be around good past WrestleMania 34 yet could be disposition toward job it quits in a not so apart future. Although Styles is not set to retire immediately after WrestleMania 34, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t reports that Styles’ agreement expires “in early 2019” and that Styles, who is now 40, has hinted during timid during age 42.

Styles finished his WWE entrance in Jan 2016, so it’s reasonable to assume that he sealed a three-year understanding that will finish in Jan 2019, during that indicate WWE will have a vast preference to make. “The Phenomenal One” has demonstrated in his reduction than dual years in WWE that he is one of a company’s biggest stars, an implausible talent who may be WWE’s No. 3 sell seller and who has grown into one of a tip paid stars as well.

Because Styles is now one of WWE’s tip attractions, it’s formidable to suppose a organisation vouchsafing him go, yet given that he’ll spin 41 subsequent year, WWE might instead confirm to pointer him to a friendlier, part-time schedule. That would keep Styles around on a understanding identical to that of Randy Orton, who is around some-more mostly than other part-timers like Lesnar and Cena yet has some-more time off than a standard full-timer.

Regardless, Styles should be around for during slightest another year, and judging by his upcoming WWE 365 special, he’ll be a focal indicate of a organisation going forward. As he should be.


Kurt Angle Expected To Work More Matches Going Forward




Even yet Kurt Angle says he tore a flesh in his leg usually dual days before Survivor Series, he still worked a pay-per-view, and according to Angle himself (h/t WrestleZone), he’ll be wrestling some-more matches in a future:

Will we be wrestling more? More on than off in a future? Probably. Right now I’m doing a small bit of both, a GM and wrestling here and there. I’m certain that I’ll be wrestling most some-more in a future, it usually took a small bit of time.


Despite Angle’s injury, he remarkable that “they’re [WWE] going to put me in opposite programs, with opposite athletes during opposite durations of time.”

That seems to jelly with new reports that Angle could be set to face Triple H during a 2018 Royal Rumble, a compare that was set adult during Survivor Series and seems like a no-brainer given a new communication between Angle, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Angle isn’t a same in-ring performer that we saw during his prior WWE run or in TNA, yet he positively still has copiousness of name value as evidenced by a definite hum his lapse compare during TLC combined and a explanation that Jason Jordan was his son being a vast viewership hit.

WWE will approaching use Angle sparingly as a wrestler over a march of his stream run, maybe putting him in a ring a handful of times per year to boost interest, generally during times when other top Raw stars aren’t around for whatever reason. Although WWE has a vivid age problem that putting Angle in a ring some-more mostly positively won’t improve, a company, either right or wrong, is of a mindset that focusing on part-timers will outcome in some-more fans watching.

While there might be evidence to rebut that, like a low WWE Network subscriber count or walking TV ratings, WWE will continue to use stars like Angle during shows that miss star energy or during vital “Big Four” pay-per-views.



Blake Oestriecher is an facile propagandize clergyman by day and a sports author by night. He’s a writer to a Forbes @SportsMoneyBlog, where he essentially covers WWE. You can follow him on Twitter @BOestriecher.

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