WWE recently made a big change to the card for the upcoming WrestleMania Backlash premium live event. The Usos had originally been dispatched by Roman Reigns to deliver RK-Bro’s Raw Tag Team Championships to him on SmackDown. Fans were excited for the huge unification bout. Instead, they’re getting a six-man tag team match.
On this week’s episode of SmackDown, there was a contract signing segment between the two championship teams. Before ink was put to paper, a massive brawl broke out. Roman Reigns stepped in to demolish Randy Orton and Riddle.
Drew McIntyre stepped in to even the odds, and Paul Heyman proposed a six-man tag match between The Bloodline and RK-Bro and McIntyre. That match was then made official. Dave Meltzer discussed the possible reason for the change on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio. WWE may be saving Reigns’ title bouts for bigger stadium events.
“That’s really interesting. That really weakens the card, because I thought the unification was the strongest thing they had on the card. Really, now, that would put Charlotte and Ronda… Roman and Drew I guess would then be to set up for the stadium pay-per-views, then.
Which made sense to me. Maybe the Cardiff or maybe Vegas or whatever. So, they basically, are on this pay-per-view, basically throwing away this pay-per-view. That’s what it is to me…
If you do a single champion, then you’re doing the pay-per-view without a title match, you’re basically just saying, ‘We don’t see this pay-per-view as a big deal at all.’”
It looks like WWE is saving Roman Reigns’ next title defense for one of the upcoming stadium shows. Those huge events will feature massive crowds and more of a “big fight” environment. Fans who were looking forward to the tag titles being unified at Backlash will have to wait a little longer, if it ever happens at all.
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