The esteemed figure in the world of professional wrestling, Roman Reigns, known as the Tribal Chief, has solidified his status as one of the premier superstars of this era. Holding the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship for an impressive 1202 days, Reigns has proven his dominance, leaving fans in anticipation of who could potentially dethrone him. However, criticism has arisen due to his irregular title defenses and part-time schedule.
Speculation is mounting that Reigns might miss out on another significant international WWE Premium Live Event following WrestleMania 40. Scheduled for May 3rd and 4th at the LDLC Arena in Lyon-Decines, WWE is set to host SmackDown and the Backlash PLE, respectively. Notably absent from the early promotional material is Reigns, raising doubts about his participation in this premium live spectacle.
Having last graced the ring at Crown Jewel in 2023, defeating LA Knight and retaining his title, Reigns has participated in a mere 11 matches this year, a notable decline from the previous year’s figures. Key moments of his 2023 reign include successful title defenses against Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 39 and Jey Uso at Summerslam.
While a Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 40 appearance seems likely, rumors suggest that the returning Randy Orton could be Reigns’ next challenger for the coveted title. The WWE Universe awaits with bated breath to witness whether Orton can topple the Tribal Chief or if Reigns, once again, secures victory with the backing of the formidable Bloodline.
Braun Strowman’s Unfinished Business with Roman Reigns
The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman, engaged in a fierce rivalry with Roman Reigns during the latter’s ‘Big Dog’ era, propelling Strowman to newfound success. Despite their last encounter three years ago in a Steel Cage bout for the Universal Championship, Strowman believes his feud with the Tribal Chief is far from over.
Speaking to Sportskeeda WrestleBinge, the 40-year-old expressed his eagerness to reignite the intense rivalry. Strowman deems the feud with Reigns as the pinnacle of his career, stating, “Never, I’m never finished with Roman Reigns. He is my arch-nemesis and my greatest rivalry of my career, and hopefully one of these days I’ll get back in there and get these hands on The Tribal Chief.”
Following his release from WWE in 2021, Strowman made a triumphant return under Triple H’s regime in late 2022. Forming a tag team with high-flyer Ricochet, the duo had notable success, culminating in a victory over The Alpha Academy on Raw after the Draft. Unfortunately, a neck injury has sidelined Strowman since then. The Monster Among Men remains optimistic about his recovery, targeting a return to the ring in 2024.