For the first time in WWE history, the 29 other men who enter the Battle Royal at the 2016 Royal Rumble pay-per-view will be fighting for Roman Reigns’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
For months, Reigns has been embroiled in a war against Vince McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and their various cohorts. Now, the champion is being punished by defending his title against 29 other competitors.
Here are the best booking options for Reigns at the 2016 WWE Royal Rumble.
Gets Eliminated by Brock Lesnar or Triple H
Reigns shouldn’t win the Royal Rumble again this year, but he does deserve to be part of a marquee match at WrestleMania 32. With that said, the man he is destined to fight at the biggest PPV of the year should eliminate him from the Battle Royal.
Whether it’s Brock Lesnar or Triple H, Reigns’ road to WrestleMania should be crystal clear following the Royal Rumble.
Lesnar eliminating Reigns from the match and winning the championship would make for a monumental moment. It would also give the former champion the chance to be victorious in a No. 1 contendership match at Fastlane and win back the belt at WrestleMania 32.
A rematch of Lesnar vs. Reigns would be right in Vince McMahon’s wheelhouse.
On the other hand, Triple H clearly has unfinished business with Reigns. If Triple H enters the Royal Rumble just to eliminate Reigns, the subsequent blood feud between the men could lead to a non-title match that would supplement what needs to be a deep card.
Reigns Wins Royal Rumble
As hard as it is to believe, the WWE’s unwavering dedication to Reigns and building him as the next top face could indicate a huge moment at the PPV when he overcomes the odds and retains his championship.
Most wrestling fans do not want to see Reigns successfully defend the title, but the idea that he could win the Battle Royal and then retain at WrestleMania may be the company’s way of getting him over with the WWE Universe.
Beating the likes of Lesnar, Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt and others en route to being the first man to ever successfully defend his title in the Royal Rumble match would make for a memorable event. The crowd may not want Reigns to win and could even reject his crowning achievement, but the WWE Universe hasn’t been this receptive to his character since his time in The Shield.
Winning back-to-back Royal Rumble matches hasn’t happened since Stone Cold Steve Austin did it in 1997 and 98, and only three men have ever accomplished the feat (Austin, Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan). WWE giving Reigns the honor would be yet another way to convince the fans to like him.
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