In professional wrestling, nothing is certain until the fat lady sings. At any given moment, the entire scenario can turn on its head. We’ve seen changes happening at the eleventh hour, and wrestling organizations scrambling around to deal with the crisis.
This year’s WrestleMania is turning out to be one of the biggest editions of all time. From Ronda Rousey’s WWE debut, to Lesnar defending the Universal title for what can be his final title defense in the company, there are many bouts that can put an exclamation mark. While Reigns is currently scheduled to face Lesnar, there is still a slim chance that he might not make it to the mega event.
Rumors are circulating regarding Reigns possibly being implicated in a steroid scandal, which could force WWE’s hand if it blows up before WrestleMania. With WWE’s alleged zero – tolerance policy, and the fact that Reigns already has a strike to his name, the promotion will be backed into a corner if Reigns is found to be guilty of taking steroids.
Five alternate WrestleMania matches if Reigns gets pulled
Imagining the worst case scenario, we take a look at five alternate WrestleMania matches the WWE can book, if their worst nightmare is realized.
#5 John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar
John Cena has been lobbying for a title match at WrestleMania. While Cena lost the Elimination Chamber match, WWE has kept him relatively free, in case something goes awry. Cena will compete at Fastlane for the WWE Championship, but the Leader of Cenation is expected to go into WrestleMania without the WWE title on his shoulders.
Should Reigns face the ire of the WWE officials, one of the logical matches to book is between Cena and Lesnar. Both the Superstars have faced each other before, and there is history between the two. While Lesnar manhandled Cena at SummerSlam 2014, John came back, and dished out punishment in their rematch.
The emphasis could be on Cena finally breaking Ric Flair’s record, and become a 17 time world champion.
#4 Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar
Samoa Joe faced Brock last year at WWE Great Balls of Fire for the Universal Championship. Leading up to the bout, Joe was booked as a ruthless, conniving Superstar that would go to any length to pick up the victory. Samoa Joe trapped Lesnar in the Coquina Clutch until the former UFC Heavyweight Champion passed out in the weeks leading up to the PPV, putting over the threat Joe brings to the table.
At the PPV however, WWE made Lesnar look dominant, as the Universal Champion defeated Joe without much trouble. WWE can get a second chance and make things right, by making Joe go over Lesnar, and crown him the new Universal Champion. Joe has the intensity, the looks and the skills to carry the title, and it would be an opportunity for WWE to create a new mega heel.
Joe’s injury isn’t as bad as initially feared, and the Superstar is expected to make his return before WrestleMania 34.
#3 Kevin Owens vs. Brock Lesnar
When Kevin Owens was the Universal Champion, the match the fans wanted to see was between Owens and Lesnar. However, with WWE bringing Goldberg back, Owens dropped the title to Bill, who in turn lost to Lesnar at WrestleMania.
The story almost writes itself, with Owens being one of the best performers in the WWE today. While Kevin is on SmackDown Live, there is always the possibility of him quitting and moving to RAW, thanks to the hostile environment created by Shane McMahon.
Given Kevin’s penchant for rubbing people the wrong way, it won’t be difficult to book a feud between Owens and Lesnar post Fastlane, culminating in a match between the two at WrestleMania.
#2 Finn Balor vs. Brock Lesnar
Finn Balor was the first ever Universal Champion, and while he was assured that he would get a title shot when he relinquished the title, Balor hasn’t received an opportunity to get his championship back. A match between Balor and Lesnar would make for an instant classic, given Finn’s talent, and his ability to put on solid matches with almost anyone.
Not too long ago, AJ Styles and Brock Lesnar stole the show at Survivor Series. Balor and Brock can do the same if given the opportunity, and with Finn’s recent resurgence, he would be a good replacement for Reigns.
#1 Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar
The obvious candidate to replace Reigns, in case of a crisis is the Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman. Strowman hasn’t been booked in a match at WrestleMania, and the word making rounds is that WWE are keeping Braun on the sidelines as a contingency plan, in case something goes wrong with Reigns.
Strowman faced Lesnar last year in a singles match, and competed for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble. However, with WWE already making plans for a Reigns – Lesnar showdown at WrestleMania, Braun was kept away from the title.
The behemoth had an outstanding 2017, and won over the fans with his strength and agility. Anything can happen in professional wrestling, and Braun facing Lesnar would be the best case scenario if Reigns indeed misses WrestleMania 34.