In the last episode of Friday Night Smackdown, we witnessed incredible twists that led to a new challenger for WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, a certainly unexpected opponent, namely former NWA World Champion Adam Pearce.
Over the last few weeks at SmackDown, the Tribal Chief has slowly literally 'killed off' all the most promising Babyfaces on the blue show, thus remaining virtually without opponents for the first major PPV of 2021, the Royal Rumble.
In fact, it was Roman Reigns who 'chose' his opponent as in the final match to decree the challenger of the champion between Pearce and Shinsuke Nakamura, Reigns interfered with Jey Uso, tearing the latter to pieces and putting the body almost lifeless.
by Adam Pearce on the opponent decreeing the count and consequently the victory of Pearce.
Update on Roman Reigns' opponent
During the last episode of Wrestling Observer Radio the well-known colleague Dave Meltzer has made it clear that he does not believe much in this challenge between Roman Reigns and Adam Pearce and as far as he knows there will be twists and turns in the coming weeks with another challenger who will challenge The Big Dog at the Royal Rumble 2021.
Here are his words: "I find it really strange how the match at the Royal Rumble the one between Roman Reigns and Adam Pearce. Royal Rumble. Otherwise, I just have to think that in the federation there are really no ideas on what to do in SmackDown."
Since his return to the scene Roman Reigns, in this now no longer new Heel role, is currently the most important figure in WWE on the main roster, an authentic ruler who has defended the title several times first from the attacks of his cousin Jey Uso (who later became his disciple) and then in the feud against Kevin Owens who tried to annoy him but who in the end had to surrender to the overwhelming power of the Tribal Chief of the WWE.
It seems like Rollins might be turning babyface upon his return, and what better way to mark it than with a main event match against the biggest heel in WWE at WrestleMania? He and Roman Reigns have a lot of history together, being linked through the various incarnations of The Shield.
However, Reigns and Rollins haven't had a proper feud since mid-2016. The match would be relatively fresh, especially considering both Superstars' alignments. The Tribal Chief could place an emphasis on his family having his back, unlike when Rollins betrayed him and Dean Ambrose in 2014.