WWE Rumors: Buying or Selling Buzz on Roman Reigns, Carmella and More

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2018

Credit: WWE.com

The build to WrestleMania's titanic clash between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns for The Beast Incarnate's Universal Championship is underway, and The Big Dog has been at the forefront of the hype for the marquee bout.

The rumor mill suggests Reigns will be around to see the match through, headlining his fourth consecutive Showcase of the Immortals.

The Grandaddy of Them All could also play host to a Money in the Bank cash-in for the first time in three years, if rumors regarding Carmella are any indication.

Dig deeper into those reports and find out what else the rumor mill is churning out ahead of WrestleMania 34 on April 8 and whether you should buy or sell the reports and speculation with this roundup.

      

WWE Disregarding Roman Reigns Reports

According to Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE is no longer concerned about steroid allegations by Richard Rodriguez that Reigns is a client of the jailed dealer.

As a result, the company will move forward with its planned WrestleMania 34 main event between Reigns and Lesnar, a rematch of their WrestleMania 31 near-classic that was interrupted by Seth Rollins and ended with a successful Money in the Bank cash-in by The Architect.

     

Buy or Sell?

Buy. Whether you like Reigns or not, his contributions to the feud thus far on the microphone have been stellar, and the feud is already infinitely hotter than the first time the titans clashed on the grand stage.

There is always the chance that Rodriguez and documentary filmmaker Jon Bravo produce more evidence and force WWE's hand, but for now, keeping Reigns in place to dethrone Lesnar and once again stand atop the WWE mountain is the right move for a Raw brand desperately seeking an identity under an actual champion as opposed to a part-time special attraction.

      

Carmella's Money in the Bank Cash-In Timing

Backstage in WWE with Brad Shepard and Jon Fisher reports Carmella's Money in the Bank cash-in will occur at WrestleMania 34 and she has been told she will be losing when that time comes.

It will mark the first time the women's Money in the Bank briefcase is cashed in. Carmella won the guaranteed title opportunity this past June.

     

Buy or Sell?

Sell. The Money in the Bank title opportunity instantly means nothing if Carmella cannot successfully cash it in and win the SmackDown Women's Championship. It is a wasted opportunity to make a new star and establish the novelty of the gimmick.

Yes, WWE booked itself into a corner by penciling in Asuka vs. Charlotte knowing damn well The Empress of Tomorrow will not lose her legendary undefeated streak to The Princess of Staten Island. That is something a creative team in charge of so many moving parts should have taken into consideration before it started putting pieces in place for the biggest show of the year.

Losing track of someone with the briefcase after such a historic match this past summer is not a good look. 

     

Jeff Hardy's Status for The Ultimate Deletion

According to Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, Jeff Hardy did film a cameo for next Monday's Ultimate Deletion pitting brother Woken Matt Hardy against Bray Wyatt.

This came just before he was arrested for DWI and, according to TMZ.com, blew three times the legal limit on a breathalyzer test.

It remains to be seen if the cameo is in the final cut of the pre-taped match or not.

        

Buy or Sell?

Sell. While it makes sense that Jeff would appear in such a high-profile segment involving his brother, bringing him back in a segment that should be used to put the emphasis on Matt seems contradictory. Unless the plans are for Jeff to remain associated with Matt in the Woken/Broken gimmick, it is a waste of an appearance that will only diminish the live pop when he finally steps back out on the Raw or SmackDown stage for the first time.

Of course, all of that is dependent upon whether or not WWE disciplines The Charismatic Enigma for his DWI and ensuing legal issues. If the answer is yes, the likelihood he remains in the final cut is extremely low and fans will then have to wait even longer to see the former WWE champion back on their screens.

Related

    TNA Loses Its TV Deal in the UK

    Pro Wrestling logo
    Pro Wrestling

    TNA Loses Its TV Deal in the UK

    Corey Jacobs
    via Wrestling News

    Twitter Reacts to Top Stars and Moments of Clash of Champions

    Pro Wrestling logo
    Pro Wrestling

    Twitter Reacts to Top Stars and Moments of Clash of Champions

    Erik Beaston
    via Bleacher Report

    Clash of Champions Highlights and Low Points

    Pro Wrestling logo
    Pro Wrestling

    Clash of Champions Highlights and Low Points

    Anthony Mango
    via Bleacher Report

    Biggest Stars of Clash of Champions

    Pro Wrestling logo
    Pro Wrestling

    Biggest Stars of Clash of Champions

    Kevin Wong
    via Bleacher Report