Roman Reigns expressed no hard feelings Tuesday over Drew McIntyre suggesting that Reigns' Universal Championship match against Goldberg should not main event one of the two nights of WrestleMania 36.
In an interview with Alex McCarthy of TalkSport, McIntyre expressed his belief that his WWE title match against Brock Lesnar should main event Night 2 and the Last Man Standing match between Randy Orton and Edge should headline Night 1:
"I've seen Roman pushing the main event of him and Goldberg, and I respect Roman more than most people in the world, but I won the Royal Rumble, mate. I'm the main event [laughs]. I'm going to pick Brock and I to main event Night 2 because that's the one that sends everybody home [proverbially]. For the first night, I'll go for...Ah, it's so hard! Because Roman and Goldberg is for the title and that's very important, it should be the main event. But Edge and Randy Orton is so personal and so well built.
"The situation we're in isn't ideal for most people when having matches, but I know these guys. They're such good sellers and storytellers that it's going to be like a cinematic masterpiece watching their match. That's how it looks in my head. The way they work and the way their facials and their storytelling, I imagine their match will be more like watching a movie. Brock and I, I imagine it's more like a bar fight, very uncomfortable to watch. Which I think that will be cool to play down the camera to everybody at home, we can be smart about it. So you've got to think bigger picture; how can we make this interesting for everybody watching at home? That's the way I see our match. So I'm going to go with Edge and Randy."
Reigns responded with the following tweet:
Roman Reigns @WWERomanReigns
Don’t care where my match falls. Just happy to be healthy and fit enough to participate. Grateful to share the ring with a legend and icon on our industry’s biggest night(s). As should everyone else, in a time like this. Be safe, healthy and grateful. https://t.co/lRIauineEc
The Big Dog has main-evented four WrestleManias during his career, and he beat McIntyre on the undercard of last year's WrestleMania. Meanwhile, McIntyre will main-event WrestleMania for the first time if his match against Lesnar does indeed go on last on Night 2.
While there is no title on the line in the match between Edge and Orton, it is difficult to argue against the notion that they have been responsible for the best storyline in WWE over the past couple of months.
It started with Edge's shocking return in the men's Royal Rumble match after nine years away because of a neck injury and led to Orton taking Edge out with a conchairto and later hitting Edge's wife, Beth Phoenix, with an RKO.
Edge returned a few weeks ago and challenged Orton to a Last Man Standing match, which The Viper accepted. Many matches on the card could suffer from a lack of fans in attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Edge and Orton seem likely to adapt to the circumstances better than anyone else considering the nature of their match and their collective experience.
A strong argument can be made for Reigns vs. Goldberg headlining Night 1 since it is a championship match, and some would argue it is a dream match that few ever expected to see.
Also, while there hasn't been a ton of build between them yet, the creative team has done a good job of keeping things simple with Reigns and Goldberg and building up tension, which is what happened during last week's contract signing.
While Orton vs. Edge could easily be a 15-to-20-minute match, however, Reigns vs. Goldberg has the makings of more of a five-minute match, which wouldn't be the ideal way to go off the air.
Reigns and Goldberg could pack a lot into five minutes much like Lesnar and Goldberg did at WrestleMania 33, but it is a match better suited for the middle of the card than the end.
Wherever Reigns vs. Goldberg goes on, it will be a feel-good moment if and when Reigns wins the Universal title, as he is just over one year removed from returning to the ring after taking a leave of absence to receive treatment for leukemia.
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