For the better part of 6 months, we’ve been fed report after report of how the WWE is grooming Roman Reigns to become the future face of the company. Rumors surfaced that he was going to be the man chosen to take down Brock Lesnar.
Over the course of the last year and a half or so, the WWE has stumbled upon a unique opportunity. They’ve created a character with an unstoppable aura about him, the type that hasn’t been seen since Andre The Giant.
Brock Lesnar has defeated Triple H, CM Punk, and John Cena upon his return. He ended the industry’s most coveted streak, defeating the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX. He capped off his run by giving Cena 16 German suplexes and claiming the WWE Championship in the most lopsided title victory in company history.
More importantly, the WWE now has an opportunity to create the greatest hero of the past decade (Sorry Cena fans, but conquering JBL in 2005 does not compare to conquering Brock Lesnar in 2015).
So, here we are with the Royal Rumble approaching, and Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns is penciled in for WrestleMania 31.
If that lead becomes ink, WWE will be making a mistake in piecing together its’ biggest show of the year. That’s why it’s entirely possible that the rumored contest between Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins becomes the WWE Championship main event.
Here are several reasons why:
Daniel Bryan is the WWE’s biggest draw
Sure, it’s debatable. Over the past 10 years, John Cena has saturated the WWE brand. When he walks out in an arena, he usually gets one of, if not, the biggest reaction of the night. He has led the company in merchandise sales for what seems like an eternity.
That’s changed since last January.
The “Yes Movement” has taken over and made the product white hot once again. Bryan is undoubtedly the most over superstar in the WWE right now, and deservedly so.
Cena, Brock Lesnar, & Roman Reigns all represent what the WWE wants in a classic “draw.” Yet, the crowd doesn’t see it. Daniel Bryan is their top guy right now.
The top guy gets the top spot.
Seth Rollins is the WWE’s biggest heel
Sorry, Brock. You’re just not around to claim this spot. As big of a monster as you’ve been booked to be, presence matters. Rollins is the guy who is on Raw and Smackdown week in and week out, leading fans to boo him for simply existing.
CM Punk once brought up the notion that WrestleMania used to mean the top “bad guy” vs. the top “good guy.” If that’s the case, Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins is the match to have.
Besides, Rollins has earned his spot. He’s shown that he can be one of the slimiest villains in WWE history.
Think of all the rumored WrestleMania matches we’ve read since the rise of the internet wrestling community. Recently, we’ve read stories of witnessing the Undertaker vs. Sting, and The Rock vs. Triple H. Neither of those appear to be happening.
Last year, when Cesaro found himself in the midst of a push, he was penciled in for a match against Lesnar at WrestleMania 31. Now, Cesaro is one half of a mid-card tag team with Tyson Kidd.
Lest we forget, Kane, Randy Orton, Mr. Kennedy, Sheamus, and Wade Barrett were all at one point rumored to be the “chosen one” to end the Undertaker’s streak.
On occasion, the WWE still likes to throw us pleasant curveballs.
We’ve been hearing for months that Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar is “the match” for WrestleMania 31. What if it’s just a red herring?
Roman Reigns isn’t ready
The former Shield muscle is visibly and audibly not ready to headline the WWE’s biggest show. Reigns has plenty of potential and certainly has the look of a main event wrestler. However, the timeline is not escalating the way WWE creative initially thought.
Reigns’ promos are cartoonish and hokey, and he seems to understand that. A lot of what he says is forced and is apparently written for him. Whether the WWE intended it or not, Reigns doesn’t show a lot of true personality.
His in-ring work is fine. A lot of his weaknesses were masked by working with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins for so long.
Still, he has all of the tools to fill the John Cena role for years to come…..just not in 2015.
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns can still happen
If WrestleMania 31 is to be Reigns’ mainstream coming-out party, why can’t it still be against Brock Lesnar?
The fact that the WWE Championship has been absent from programming makes it less important in the current landscape of the company. That’s a consequence of having a part-time champion on a full-time show.
This also means that defeating Brock Lesnar would have the same meaning for Roman Reigns regardless of whether the title is on the line or not.
In the end, Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan is probably the biggest money match the WWE could have, but where would that leave Roman Reigns at an event that is supposed to mark his transcendence to the top of the card?
The WWE won’t pass on the opportunity to have Roman Reigns take down Brock Lesnar, but it won’t be for the title. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking during WrestleMania season, but Bryan/Rollins is an ideal fit for a showdown for the WWE Championship.
Stoney Keeley covers the WWE for WrestlingNews.co, and is also a Tennessee Titans Staff Writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @SoBrosNetwork and the SPOT’s Tennessee Titans Twitter feed at @spot_titans.