Why is Roman Reigns no longer defending his titles?

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Why is Roman Reigns no longer defending his titles?

As we know, at WrestleMania 38 Roman Reigns beat Brock Lesnar, and this allowed him to graduate at the same time as WWE Champion and Universal Champion (he had already held this second belt for more than a year and a half).

What surprised some, however, is that since then not only has it no longer offered either of the two belts, but it hasn't even given the impression that the company wanted to build really important feuds for that purpose.

The confirmation came in the construction of WrestleMania Backlash, but according to what transpires in America all this could make sense. WWE recently made a big change to the WrestleMania Backlash card, the next premium live event to be held on Sunday night.

As is known, in fact, the Usos originally would have had to face the RK-Bro in a match of unification of the couple titles of Raw and SmackDown. All this, however, will no longer take place: as a result of last Friday's maxi brawl, the match has in fact been changed to a three against three, which will see Drew McIntyre fighting alongside Riddle and Randy Orton, and just Roman Reigns on the side.

of the Usos cousins. At SmackDown it was Paul Heyman who proposed a six-man tag team match between The Bloodline and RK-Bro and McIntyre. That dispute was then made official. Dave Meltzer discussed the possible reason for the program change on his 'Wrestling Observer Radio'

Well, in the opinion of the expert journalist, WWE would be adopting this kind of program precisely for a project that concerns Roman Reigns, whose titled defenses could only take place on the occasion of events of the highest level.

And, above all, with a very large audience in the stands.

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"It's really interesting," said Meltzer, trying to explain WrestleMania Backlash's main event change. This really weakens the card, because I thought the unification of the couple titles was the strongest thing they had on the show's schedule.

Really, now, this would give that role back to Charlotte and Ronda ... As for Roman Reigns and Drew, on the other hand, I imagine that then they will organize to have them face in a pay-per-view to be held in a stadium, then."

Right here, according to Meltzer, would be the WWE strategy: "I think it also makes sense, at least for me. Maybe in Cardiff, or maybe in Las Vegas or elsewhere, Roman Reigns will fight for the titles. So, basically, they are snubbing this pay.

-per-view, they are practically throwing it away. Here is the truth, in my opinion..." In summary, the first pen of the 'Wrestling Observer' believes that WWE wants to present the Roman Reigns double champion as something prestigious, and therefore does not give itself to every event.

"If, however, you make a single champion for both rosters, you're doing pay-per-view without a title match. You're basically just telling fans that WWE itself doesn't consider this pay-per-view at all. view as something really important."

For that, apparently, we will have to wait for a premium live event hosted by a large stadium, and with a large audience. Only in the atmosphere of a "big event", therefore, will we see in action the only absolute champion who currently combines both Raw and SmackDown.