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WWE’s current plan for Roman Reigns’ next title defense

Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns will not be at this year’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view. As previously reported, WWE nixed plans for Reigns at the show once they moved from Allegiant Stadium to the smaller T-Mobile Arena due to weak ticket sales. Originally he was slated to defend the title against Matt Riddle.

Dave Meltzer noted on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio that as of right now, Reigns’ next PPV title defense will be against Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Reigns is still feuding with Riddle as they’re slated to have a confrontation this Friday on SmackDown.

If WWE does go forward with the Reigns vs. Riddle match then it will be on television before SummerSlam. It wasn’t mentioned whether that would still be a title bout. Reigns is still scheduled to wrestle Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle.

“July 30. He may actually wrestle on TV before that, but July 30 is his first pay-per-view championship match. He may do a television match before then. If he wrestles Riddle, it’ll be on TV. It won’t be on pay-per-view. At least that’s the plan right now. The plan is still Orton for July 30. Obviously, they were building up the Riddle and Reigns match on Monday. I’m presuming they’re going to do it. I was told it would not be a pay-per-view match if they do it and it’s not 100% that they will. You would think that they will so that would lead me to believe it’d be a TV match.”

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