Which has me thinking. Many fans have been expecting a Reigns win for months-since even before Reigns earned the right to be in the main event, even before Reigns won the championship in the early Winter. But what if the plan changed? Or could change? I know a lot of us think that the entire card for ‘Mania has been etched in stone, winners are already known and it’s just academic. But the reality is, how often have we heard about Vince not telling a wrestler he’s going over, until right before he goes over? It’s entirely possible that, as of my writing this (mid-March), McMahon has not completely made up his mind to put the belt back on the decidedly-not-popular Reigns.
So, without a MITB briefcase in play (yet), what could that mean?
What if Hunter were to actually retain? Would that be a better option?
Yes and no, and here’s why.
No, because as much as so many are not fond of Roman, there are many who don’t like the Attitude Era guys coming back. Especially ones who are winning championships. Some feel that by doing so, you hold the younger guys back-whether their guy is Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose, Finn Balor, etc. And for as much as it might pain them to put the belt back on Reigns, at least he’s new blood.
Yes, because Hunter is the alpha heel right now. No one is hated more, and his experience in the ring and on the mic is virtually second to none. And while it’s experience younger guys can’t get while he’s in the spotlight, having him be the lead heel isn’t exactly a bad thing. And here’s the other reason: for a while last year, the rumored match for Seth Rollins was a match against Hunter, back when there was teased tension in The Authority. Obviously, that never happened. Not yet, anyways.
So I ask you this, to make the point. Which match would you be more excited about: Reigns versus Rollins, or Hunter versus Rollins?
To me, Hunter and Rollins wins, and it’s not even close. So for now, I am actually leaning toward hoping Reigns loses, and letting Hunter remain champion until Seth Rollins makes his expected return over the Summer. Whether you bring back Rollins as a heel or a face, that match has the potential to draw, and it cements Seth’s position. I do think, if that would be the match, that he’d be coming back as a face, but for the moment that’s the least of anyone’s concerns.
So, dear readers. Do you keep the championship on Hunter for a bit longer? Or are you ready for the Roman Empire?