5 ways WWE can get the Universal Championship off Roman Reigns without him looking bad
Roman Reigns has been at the top of WWE SmackDown since his return at SummerSlam 2020. In his return match at Payback, Reigns defeated The Fiend and Braun Strowman to win the Universal Championship for the second time.
The Tribal Chief has taken down nearly everyone in his sights and appears unstoppable. He is set to face Edge at Money in the Bank for the Universal Championship. While The Iconoclast has been on top in their current rivalry, it does not look like WWE will allow him to defeat The Tribal Chief clean.
While building such dominant superstars, WWE has often been faced with the tough task of having them lose their titles without denting their image. At times, the creative team has managed to handle the situation very well.
Meanwhile, there have been instances where things haven’t worked out all too well. Many superstars have failed to retain their value after losing a title.
Keeping that in mind, take a look at five ways WWE can take the Universal Championship off Roman Reigns without making him look bad.
#5 Having The Usos cost Roman Reigns the WWE Universal Championship
The Usos and Roman Reigns have had an interesting on-screen relationship on WWE SmackDown. Last year, Reigns defeated Jey Uso inside Hell in a Cell to come out as The Head of the Table. Since then, Jey has been seen playing the role of Reigns’ right-hand man.
A couple of months ago, Jimmy Uso made his return to the Blue brand. At first, Jimmy hesitated in joining Roman Reigns and even tried to pull Jey away from him. However, as time went by, Reigns managed to pull Jimmy in his web too.
On a current episode of SmackDown, Reigns and his cousins reunited to strengthen The Bloodline. WWE seems to be building towards a major angle here, and The Usos could end up leaving Reigns after some time.
The Tribal Chief has already watched his cousins get beaten up by his rivals without interfering. This could end up being a major factor in the group’s implosion.
WWE could use this angle to build up towards a possible betrayal by Jimmy and Jey, leading to Roman Reigns losing the Universal Championship. Reigns could look forward to getting help from Jimmy and Jey during the match before the two men turn on him and attack him to cost him the title.
The angle will allow WWE to take the championship away from Reigns without him looking bad. He is currently the most dominant champion in WWE, and a betrayal will help him retain his credibility while giving up the title.
Will WWE look to bring back The Rock sooner rather than later before having The Usos turn on Reigns?
#4 Making Roman Reigns lose the WWE Universal Championship in a Winner Takes All-match
Roman Reigns has competed in many different match types for WWE. The company has hosted a massive Winner Takes All match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House 2021. Bronson Reed and MSK put their NXT North American Championship and Tag Team Championships on the line respectively against Legado del Fantasma.
In the end, Reed and MSK managed to retain their titles at the show. On a recent episode of SmackDown, WWE teased a partnership between Edge and The Mysterios. The SmackDown Tag Team Champions came out to the aide of The Iconoclast and took out The Usos while Edge dealt with Roman Reigns.
WWE could look to book a big match with the six men involved with the titles on the line. SmackDown Tag Team Champions Rey and Dominik Mysterio could team up with Edge to take on The Usos and Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
The Winner Takes All match could take place at a big pay-per-view with the two titles on the line. Edge could end up pinning Jimmy or Jey Uso to win the Universal Championship and take the title off Roman Reigns.
This could be a great way to take the title off Reigns without denting his value. It could also lead to another massive family rivalry between Roman Reigns and his cousins.
#3 Allowing the Money in the Bank ladder match winner cash-in on Roman Reigns during a WWE Universal Championship match
Roman Reigns will likely retain his Universal Championship at WWE Money in the Bank. Reigns is set to do battle with Edge for the title. Meanwhile, eight WWE Superstars from RAW and SmackDown will compete in a ladder match for the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Seth Rollins and Big E are among the favorites to win the briefcase and use it against a top champion on SmackDown. Keeping that in mind, WWE could use the MITB briefcase to take the title off Roman Reigns without denting his value.
The Tribal Chief will be among the main attractions when fans return to the arenas. He will continue to defend his title on a few major pay-per-views following MITB. WWE could book a big match between Reigns and a top superstar during which the MITB briefcase winner could cash in their contract.
The superstar could go on to pin Reigns’ opponent to win the title without making The Head of the Table look bad.
WWE could look for some innovative ways to take the title off Roman Reigns, who has been extremely dominant since his return last year. This could be one of the easiest ways to take the Universal Championship off Reigns without him looking bad.
#1 Bringing a legend back to defeat Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns brought Daniel Bryan’s WWE SmackDown career on April 30, 2021. The legend has not been seen on WWE TV since his loss to Reigns in a Universal Championship match on the show.
The Tribal Cheif seems unstoppable at the moment, but WWE will need to plan and look for ways to get the Universal Championship off him. With that in mind, WWE could look to bring back a legend to do the job and take the title off Roman Reigns without him looking bad.
Edge is a Hall of Famer who is looking to defeat The Tribal Chief. However, there are a few more big names who have not retired from WWE and could look to make their return to compete against Reigns.
Rumors are circulating over the internet that hint towards a match between John Cena and Reigns at SummerSlam 2021. Apart from Cena, fans could also way Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson return to take on his cousin for the Universal Title.
Such legends could defeat Roman Reigns for the title without hurting his image on SmackDown. WWE could look to book such a match to take the Universal Championship off The Head of the Table.
Will WWE possibly look to book a match between Goldberg and Reigns for the Universal title and take the championship off him?