In a recent discussion surrounding the events at WWE SummerSlam, Dave Meltzer, a renowned wrestling journalist, confirmed that Jey Uso was never seriously considered to unseat Roman Reigns as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion and Tribal Chief.
The revelation came during his conversation with Mike McGuire on the "McGuire On Wrestling" show. Meltzer elaborated, "The buzz surrounding Jey's possible win was negligible. From what I gather, WWE has had a blueprint mapped out for Roman's reign as the champion for the foreseeable future.
Jey was always a long shot."
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Drawing parallels to other significant bouts, Meltzer likened Jey's position to both Sami Zayn's at WWE Elimination Chamber and Cody Rhodes' at WrestleMania 39.
He emphasized WWE's clear-cut vision for Roman Reigns' trajectory. "When reflecting on Cody's journey, I genuinely believe he's slated for a championship win," Meltzer stated. "However, it's crucial to maintain his momentum, something Brock [Lesnar] has masterfully achieved during his encounters with Cody." McGuire, always eager to delve deeper, raised the question of whether the main event should have been allocated to Lesnar and Rhodes.
Meltzer was unyielding in his stance: "Without a shadow of doubt, Roman deserved that main event spotlight. The potential of shifting it up the card existed, but then there's Brock's notorious preference for early matches to make a quick exit.
Typically, he'd have opted for the opening act, but Logan Paul's insistence on securing that spot forced Brock's bout to follow suit." While acknowledging the strategic sequencing of the event's matches, Meltzer ranked them in terms of prominence.
He heralded the clash between Reigns and Jey as the premier face-off of the evening. The duel between Rhodes and Lesnar stood solidly in the second position, and rounding off the top three was the World Heavyweight Championship contest between Seth "Freakin" Rollins and Finn Balor.