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Ask WNZ: Should Roman Reigns Be Off Battleground?

This one is a simple one, really. With Roman Reigns off TV due to his suspension, he’s being hyped as one of three men in the Battleground main event, yet we of course have not seen him. And it does not seem like he’s been missed, either. Which leads us to ask: Should WWE consider keeping him out of the main event?

Dorathy Gass

Without really knowing what Roman did to violate WWE’s Wellness policy, it’s hard to say. Am I disappointed that he did something to award a suspension? Absolutely. Whether it was pot, steroids, or supplements that had something that went against policy; Roman gets paid very well, and has been given a very nice push, to know better. Still, everyone makes mistakes, that’s life – and maybe the violation was just that – an honest mistake. Having said all that, my gut is saying that he didn’t do anything huge, to warrant him being pulled out of the Battleground main event match, or they would’ve already pulled him. Or the other side of the coin, does WWE want to risk the Battleground main event, just to punish Roman, when really, they’d be punishing the fans? How long has the WWE Universe wanted to see a Triple Threat Shield match? Seems to me, for quite a long time. With the brand extension draft looming, and SummerSlam plans locking into place, perhaps this is the only opportunity the WWE has to book a match like this; so they grabbed the opportunity.

I say, keep him in. If what Roman has done to warrant a suspension isn’t a rookie mistake, and something higher-level, than he shouldn’t be booked looking strong within the match; and post-Battleground, place Reigns in mid-card until he proves himself. If what he did was a rookie mistake, perhaps Reigns needs to sit at upper mid-card/main event scene, but out of the title picture, until he proves that he is a superstar the company can back. Either way, removing him from the Triple Threat bout (love him or hate him) would only hurt the fans, and the pay-per-view.

John Deegan

I think they should have, but since he’s been announced and he’s been hyped, I doubt it. I don’t know what the violation was, and I honestly don’t care. To me, you shouldn’t be able to jump back in, days after being off suspension, and in theory challenge for the biggest prize the company has.

That being said, I don’t think they change it now, but I think WWE blew a huge opportunity here.

The more I think about it, the more this would have made sense. They announce his suspension, and immediately make the match a singles encounter. We don’t see Reigns again until, during the Battleground main event, he runs in and destroys both men, getting the match thrown out. He then goes on a heel rant about how he did what he did to make fans happy, that they were never satisfied with what he gave them and he had to give them more. With that, the violation is behind him, he’s integrated into the swing of things again, and you’ve also handled all the booing. Reigns might want to be a babyface, and WWE might want him to be too, but right now the fans don’t seem to agree.

But since my scenario won’t happen, I’ve been hoping they would somehow keep him out, but I am resigned to him showing up and fighting.

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  • Mean Dean

    He deserves to get buried by the social outcasts

    • Lemont Washington


    • MrEddyG

      NO ONE deserves to be buried by those three fools. They should all be fired before the draft; they’re useless.

  • T-Rock (#TeamHollywood)

    If he still is in it, he shouldn’t win the title that night. What will the message be to the guys in the back if they just reward him the title like that.

    • xXwindsofchangeXx

      It would be a horrible idea for Reigns to win the title at this event, regardless of the suspension.

      It would be disastrous for the locker room, first, when you’ve got Ambrose, who clawed for recognition and got stuck in midcard hell for two years because Creative couldn’t figure out what to do with his character, and Rollins, who completely mangled his knee in service to the company and worked his ass off to come back in the time frame he did. I mean, this wasn’t a simple injury. This was multiple ligaments. A lot of guys get the type of injury Rollins had and don’t come back at all, and sure as hell not in under a year.

      It would also be a big “f— you” to the fans, who just saw (or for many of them, endured) a lengthy title reign from Roman, and are ready for something fresh, whether that’s Ambrose or a Seth Rollins reign that’s largely independent of outside influence and does a better job at making him look like a credible champion.

      Thirdly (and this might be my opinion more than anything), you’re killing your Money in the Bank brand. If a guy that’s gathering a following wins, it’ll stop garnering the reaction you’re looking for if you’re WWE because everyone will figure, “Oh, he’ll cash in at some point, but he’ll just be a bridge to the guy WWE really wants to hold the title.”

    • jcice13

      LOL you’re no other guy is cheating in this company

      • T-Rock (#TeamHollywood)

        Notice I said “that night” not “ever again”

  • Bite Me You Loser

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if WWE ran with this as a storyline? Reigns returns confronts Ambrose saying that after Dean won the title they celebrated that night (Las Vegas if you forgot) the next day Reigns gets tested and fails a Wellnesss check. He accuses Dean of slipping him something to get him out the way. Now this goes on for a while & WWE could go with Dean doing the (dirty) deed to turn heel or they play it safe by having Rollins being the culprit his reason the same, get Reigns out of the title picture but failing due to Reigns suspension ending just before the triple threat match

    • T-Rock (#TeamHollywood)

      I stop at storyline since we know Vince won’t do it lol

    • Lemont Washington

      This storyline proposal makes little sense.

  • Si Nicholls

    I would of pulled him out of the bout and replaced him with AJ Styles or left it as a 1 on 1. I don’t care what the violation was, it is what it is, a failure of the basic contract to wrestle for the WWE, also he is portrayed as a role model to the kids and because of that like Cena should be held to higher standards in some respects. As for the draft I can’t see the Shield being anywhere apart from Raw and then Cena, Ortan Owens, Sami over on Smackdown.

  • ‘Drowen Hart #NN #NBNC ?????

    I like your scenario for Battleground Mr. Deegan but unfortunately it won’t happen lol. Vince is coddling Roman too much. I read in another website that Vince allegedly tried to cover up Roman’s suspension lmao. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, they had many opportunities to turn Roman heel but they’re so enamored with him being Cena 2.0.

    • Fat Owens Fat

      “I read in another website that Vince allegedly…”
      Yes because every thing you “allegedly” read on dirt sheets are factual reporting. Was Dave “I pull imaginary things out of my candy r–” Meltzer the author of said article?

  • CommonSense

    Do you guys remember Titus, after suspension he challenged US title. So as far as Roman goes after suspension he can challenge WWE title….:P (WWE LOGIC)

  • xXwindsofchangeXx

    Here’s the deal. The suspension’s for 30 days for a first-time offender based on this particular policy. It’s a standardized penalty. The suspension’s up in time for the match at Battleground because of how the days fall. Just like it’s not fair to shorten a suspension because of how you’ve got a guy booked, it’s equally unfair to lengthen a suspension because of how a guy is booked, and taking him out of the match/PPV entirely is doing exactly that.

    And why would WWE do that just to make an example when the fact that they suspended him in the first place should be example enough? That wasn’t always the case, you know. It would be a bad financial decision. And you’ll say, “Well, nobody likes Reigns.” Yeah. Exactly. Reigns has become the guy everyone likes seeing lose. Nevermind the fact that they’ve been trying to get this damn Shield match together since the group broke up and something’s always gone pear-shaped. Granted, if I were booking, I would have saved a match of this magnitude for Summerslam. But WWE made their decision and now they’ve got to stick by it. Not saying that no one wants to see Ambrose and Rollins go at it one-on-one again, but that’s a recycled match. Reigns, regardless of what you think of his ability, has to be in the match because the appeal of the match is the three former members of Shield vying for the company’s highest championship. People have dreamed of this match since the Shield was at its peak in 2013. And if you take that away from the fans just to send a message to Reigns that he probably understands anyway, you’re cutting off your nose to spite your face… or, in layman’s terms, losing a fair bit of money.

  • Mikey Shango #DunDunDuuunnnnnn

    I think Immad wants him off of the roster lol maybe even off of the face of the earth ?

  • Fat Owens Fat

    “To me, you shouldn’t be able to jump back in, days after being off
    suspension, and in theory challenge for the biggest prize the company
    has. ”
    Did I miss something here? Did anybody on this website write an article stating why Titus O’Neil shouldn’t be getting a US title opportunity upon his return from suspension?

    If you’re going to criticize someone, be very consistent in your criticism.

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