5 Top WWE rumors from this week: Roman Reigns’ Royal Rumble opponent, Major face turn planned for top star (December 25th, 2021)

Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly rumor roundup, where we will look at the top rumors from the world of WWE.

The year is about to come to an end and the company looks ready to start 2022 at the top with their newest pay-per-view, Day 1. With Royal Rumble being the next major show, WWE is reportedly planning a huge feud at the event for Roman Reigns against a former rival.

More details and reports have emerged regarding the biggest and most shocking release of this year, Bray Wyatt. Several released stars are set to feature in a major upcoming project for the promotion.

Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the top rumors from this past week. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the same in the comments section below.

#5 Possible spoiler on Roman Reigns’ opponent at WWE Royal Rumble 2022

Universal Champion Roman Reigns is all set to defend his title against arch-rival Brock Lesnar at WWE Day 1. The Tribal Chief is likely to retain his title in some controversial manner and further his feud with The Beast Incarnate, possibly leading to a WrestleMania 38 showdown.

However, a new opponent could emerge for Reigns at WWE Royal Rumble 2022. According to reports, all the signs point towards Drew McIntyre being the next opponent for Roman Reigns.

McIntyre has been teaming up with different stars to take on The Bloodline at house shows and is scheduled to do the same in January, teaming up with The New Day.

”Since Reigns vs. Lesnar is scheduled to happen again at WrestleMania, that would indicate that McIntyre vs. Reigns is probably happening at the Royal Rumble and could also mean that Reigns will retain at WWE Day 1,” stated the report.

The Scottish Warrior has made his intentions very clear on multiple occasions to come after the Universal Champion. Reigns and McIntyre previously faced each other at Survivor Series 2020 in a champion vs. champion match.

It was Roman Reigns who managed to pick up the victory after an incredible bout between the two at the pay-per-view that impressed both fans as well as critics.

#4 Bobby Lashley to reportedly undergo a character change

Bobby Lashley has been one of the biggest heels on WWE RAW over the last couple of years. However, according to Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Radio, the company could be turning him face soon.

“If you watch the show you certainly get the impression that Bobby Lashley is going babyface. They played a total babyface video package for him at the pay-per-view, yeah. So, I mean it’s been feeling like that’s been in the cards and then he has to beat three guys to get in [to the Day 1 WWE Title match], I mean that’s a total babyface move,” said Meltzer.

The All Mighty is set to challenge for the WWE Championship in a fatal four-way match against Big E, Seth Rollins, and Kevin Owens at Day 1.

The year 2021 was filled with several release sprees as Vince McMahon’s promotion cut a huge portion of its roster, including many big names. However, many of these could still be part of the WWE 2K22 game, which is set to come out next year.

While there are concerns over 2K22’s roster after so many releases, according to reports, the roster won’t be that small, and a number of factors could play into the final decision.

“The inclusion of player or athlete likenesses in sports or sports-themed games comes down to three factors: contract terms, relationships and roster deadlines.”

Considering this, fans can expect to see several released stars still be a part of the game. However, that won’t be the case from next year onwards as these stars won’t be in WWE 2K23.

#2 Bray Wyatt reportedly wanted out of WWE

#3 Several released stars to feature in major WWE project

The most shocking WWE release of 2021 was undoubtedly that of Bray Wyatt. The former Universal Champion was a fan-favorite and was doing great in terms of merchandise sales as well.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, someone like Wyatt would only be released by the company if they wanted out themselves and made a lot of noise about it.

“Bray Wyatt is a completely different situation. Wyatt scared a lot of people because if someone like Wyatt gets fired, then only guys like Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar are safe. I think that’s not really the case when you are at that level. The only reason someone would want to cut someone like that would be if they wanted out and made a lot of noise about it,” Meltzer said.

Bray Wyatt’s future in wrestling is still a huge topic of discussion. While there has been heavy speculation of him joining All Elite Wrestling, that hasn’t happened yet. As of now, he is reportedly engaged in a Hollywood project.

#1 Real reason behind WWE splitting AJ Styles and Omos

This past week on Monday Night RAW, WWE finally split the team of AJ Styles and Omos. The two lost to The Mysterios and after the match, the behemoth turned on his partner.

According to reports, Vince McMahon’s promotion has significant plans for both Styles and Omos in 2022 which resulted in them being split up.

“If it felt like they sped up the Omos & AJ Styles spilt, it’s because they did. Source says both superstars have significant plans in early 2022, and wanted any type of blow off program done prior to the major Rumble & Mania events,” WrestleVotes tweeted.

AJ Styles has been away from the main event scene for a long time now. Fans have been wanting to see him return to the world title picture and that could be a possible route for The Phenomenal One in 2022. As for Omos, it is to be seen how WWE books him as a singles star.


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