A while back, I theorized that Roman Reigns would be the man to defeat Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. It wasn’t a bold prediction since it is rather clear that the Master of the Superman Punch is being groomed to be one of, if not THE next big star for WWE.
While I do still agree with that idea, and think that my proposed series of events would create some spectacular moments, the idea of having Reigns dethrone Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 is no longer very appetizing.
Lesnar destroyed John Cena in spectacular fashion at SummerSlam. Cena is lightyears ahead of Reigns in the department of legitimacy, yet Brock spent 15 minutes toying with the 15-time champ before exiting the Staples Center with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Cena will get his rematch in September at Night of Champions, where I expect to see a more competitive contest, but unlike Rocky III, Cena is not going to win his title back.
It would be a great story if Cena wasn’t already so overexposed and the rematch was more than one month later, but he is and it isn’t.
Based on the destruction of Cena, Reigns doesn’t look like a big enough badass to take out Lesnar. That could certainly change by the time WrestleMania rolls around, but Reigns just has not been through nearly enough to look like a legitimate threat.
His feud with Randy Orton with nobody to have his back is definitely helping him move in the right direction, but I’m convinced that there’s just too much time between now and April that they won’t be able to sustain a push for Reigns, and come Royal Rumble time, they’ll be scrambling to build him back up.
Mark my words: He will win the Rumble and in the process break his own record of 12 eliminations and actually eliminate 15 guys, allowing them to say, over and over again, that he eliminated half of the participants in the match.
Not that I have a problem with that. My fear is that he’ll become watered down rather than moving toward being on fire, and it’s not going to be a star-making moment if he beats Lesnar to win the title.
So Cena isn’t the man who should defeat Lesnar, nor is Roman Reigns. I want to say that it should be Daniel Bryan because of his abrupt loss of the title due to injury. He was not defeated to lose the belts. Brock is now the hired gun for The Authority, and what better way for Bryan to stick it to Triple H once and for all than to have him win the Royal Rumble and, for the second year in a row, ruin WrestleMania for The Authority? None, I say!
I want it to be Bryan. In a perfect world, it would be. I want them to be able to keep the momentum going with Reigns and turn him into a legitimate top guy. I don’t want Cena to prevail Rocky III style, and would much prefer Rocky V. Make him deal with a hothead who he was supposed to coach to the top, before a manager gets into his head that Cena doesn’t care about him.
They can end it in an Iron Circle match.