Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is set to return at WWE Money in the Bank in July, defending his titles at the highly anticipated event. This marks Reigns's first appearance at a Money in the Bank event since 2021, after he missed last year's show due to a last-minute venue change.
Despite the hiatus, Reigns is no stranger to competing in the United Kingdom, as evidenced by his successful title defense against Drew McIntyre in a high-stakes match. Historically, WWE tends to spotlight local talent when hosting international events.
This was evident when Buddy Murphy (now known as AEW's Buddy Matthews) won the now-retired WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Australia's WWE Super Showdown in 2018. Similarly, Saudi Arabian native Mansoor is regularly featured in WWE Crown Jewel contests.
Puerto Rican stars Zelina Vega and Damian Priest have high-profile matches in their home country at WWE Backlash. Although Drew McIntyre is WWE's top star from the United Kingdom, it is improbable that the Scottish Warrior will face the Head of the Table again so soon, given his title shot at last year's event.
Moreover, McIntyre is currently off television. Sheamus, the Irish superstar, is another potential contender. He has experienced a career resurgence in the past year, delivering outstanding performances within WWE's mid card.
Despite losing some title clashes with WWE Intercontinental Champion Gunther, Sheamus has emerged as a prominent star, earning the rare five-star rating for his match against the Imperium leader at WWE Clash at the Castle.
While Sheamus has had previous encounters with The Bloodline, he has not yet challenged Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Their last singles match took place in December 2018.
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Another possibility is Triple H's protege, Pete Dunne, also known as Butch.
The former WWE United Kingdom Champion has long been rumored to reclaim his NXT moniker on the main roster. If WWE revives his former gimmick, it could coincide with a main event push. A heel vs. heel title match is unlikely, but if The Judgment Day continues to gain popularity, Finn Balor may find himself on the side of sympathy by the time WWE Money in the Bank arrives.
Damian Priest made a deal with Paul Heyman on a recent edition of Monday Night Raw, and fans have yet to discover its details. Perhaps Priest's agreement includes a future title shot for a member of The Judgment Day, which could be awarded to Balor at the opportune moment.
Regardless of WWE's chosen direction for Reigns in July, it is improbable that he will leave The O2 without his titles. WWE will likely select a challenger who can emerge as a more giant star even in defeat.
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