Earlier today, WrestlingNews.co reported that the plan as of last Friday was for Randy Orton to retain his WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre on tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw.
Dave Meltzer is indicating on Twitter that something is going to happen at the end of the match that will make sense.
Meltzer tweeted, “Anyway, per the discussion on last night’s show regarding McIntyre’s appearance on Smackdown, it all does make sense at the end of the show tonight. At least at this moment.”
Here is what Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio:
“The only thing that I can think of is because obviously, they did this to make you think that Drew McIntyre is winning the title so you tune in on Monday to watch him win the title. That is certainly very viable in the sense of you built up the match with Reigns. The whole show is building up a match with Reigns and Drew McIntyre. I would be relatively sure that at some point they will do that match. If they don’t do it now, that tells me they are probably gonna do it at WrestleMania, which is interesting because I don’t think they would go so hard on something and never deliver…”
If they are going to set up Reigns vs. McIntyre for WrestleMania then that would indicate that The Rock will not be on that show. Reigns vs. Rock would be a natural feud and Rock seems interested. However, if WWE is only able to get a limited amount of fans for Mania because of COVID restrictions, then it would make sense to hold off on Reigns vs. Rock until WrestleMania 38.
On a related note, it looks like Orton’s long-term storyline plans could be changing. WrestleVotes reported today that “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt is being considered as Orton’s new WrestleMania opponent. Previously, WWE was looking at Orton defending the WWE Championship against Edge on that show.