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WWE retains Reigns against McIntyre
WWE isn’t shy about staging a feud between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre. The duo have been working together on house shows for months, and now an on-screen feud is in its infancy, with McIntyre set to join RK-Bro for a six-way match against The Bloodline at WrestleMania Backlash.
However, the one-on-one singles match may have to wait.
Dave Meltzer from Wrestling observation radio stated that WWE held McIntyre against Reigns because they wanted him for a bigger show.
Hell in a Cell is set to take place in June, and Money in the Bank is scheduled for July. The MITB live event is scheduled for Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, so Reigns-McIntyre may have to wait until it can be booked for a host of football stadiums.
With SummerSlam also slated for a stadium later in July, it will be interesting to see how they manage two full-scale shows in the span of a month.
WWE waited for the NXT Cups
That WWE is releasing talent should come as no surprise. Over the past few years, the company has narrowed its roster to essential personnel and development talent only. While there are clearly talents at the top of the map, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a time in recent history when WWE’s talent pool was shallower.
NXT talents Malcolm Bivens, Dakota Kai, Harland, Persia Pirotta, Raelyn Divine, Draco Anthony, Vish Kanya, Mila Malani and Blair Baldwin were last on the chopping block last week. Bivens and Kai were by far the two biggest names in the group and could end up on AEW’s radar.
Meltzer said WWE plans to continue producing talent, especially at the NXT level. He said he had heard cuts were coming weeks before they happened.
“Yeah I think so. I’ve had people say that, but nobody really knows except Vince and all,” Meltzer said on Sunday night’s main event. You kind of hear rumblings the day before that it’s going to be the bad day, which I had actually heard on April 13 and 14 that the 15th is going to be the bad day. Then it came and went and then it came two weeks later and I think that would be it for NXT but there was no main roster [releases].”
Talent churning is a reality of the wrestling industry. Several AEW Originals have either had their contracts expire or will expire in recent months. While AEW has taken a different tact in making its roster decisions, chances are that Tony Khan’s ever-growing roster will, at some point, have to make some tough decisions.
That said, what WWE has been doing for the past few years has shocked even the most business-minded fans.
Theory wants Cena at SummerSlam
John Cena will, at some point, end up on WWE programming. He hasn’t been seen since a loss to Roman Reigns at last year’s SummerSlam. The chances of Cena becoming a full-time performer again are slim, but the 16-time champion told GQ UK’s Jack King that he misses wrestling.
“I miss it every day. Every day,” Cena said. “But I’ll be 45 on April 23, and I’ve been very lucky to last that long with only a minor list of injuries. Nothing that has changed the trajectory of my long-term health. I’m strong, flexible and in really good shape on the outside, on the inside. I think now being a full-time touring artist might start to hit that point of diminishing returns, and I have to be realistic when I look at that.
That said, Theory has an idea of who Cena might face if he returns for another SummerSlam one-off: himself.
The United States Champion reposted a fan-made graphic showing a match between the two for the championship, saying “why not?”
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Cena’s 2015 U.S. title run is arguably the most storied in belt history, helping elevate the title from midcard to the top of the card and kicking off a series of bangers against up-and-coming talent.
If WWE is looking to solidify Theory as the face of this new era of talent, there’s no better way than to be replaced by Cena.
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