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Reason why Roman Reigns didn’t move to SmackDown Live in Superstar Shakeup

According to a report from Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there were a lot of last second changes as it pertains to the Superstar Shakeup. Bray Wyatt’s move to RAW was one of those last second decisions, and his House Of Horrors match with Randy Orton for the WWE Title was moved from May 21st at Backlash to April 30th at Payback.

Wyatt took AJ Styles’ spot, who was originally planned to be shipped off to the red brand. WWE officials also planned to move Roman Reigns to SmackDown Live, however, that would have required Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar to also be moved to Tuesday nights. Some top storylines for the Summer include pairing Strowman and Lesnar together while keeping Reigns and ‘The Beast’ apart from one another as long as possible to build up the anticipation for Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans next year.

Reigns vs. Strowman with an ambulance or stretcher match stipulation is still possible for Payback on pay-per-view (PPV) on April 30th. The report also states that keeping Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman off of Backlash, as the next RAW pay-per-view (PPV) isn’t until Extreme┬áRules on June 4th, and Strowman vs. Lesnar is set for the Summer in June or July. Reigns could take on Strowman at Extreme Rules, leaving Lesnar vs. Strowman to go down at Bad Blood in July.


  • D2K

    Quite honestly, all three members of the Shield would be better served as heels.

  • D2K

    Which also is needed at this point.

  • Thomas Murray

    you need to change the names to owens and zayn as non stop now since nxt and thats far worse than boring cena wanna b reigns

  • blkwolf13

    Ooooooh noooooooooooooo… Another Reigns and Lesnar cmoooooon stooop nooooooooooooo

  • Keith Learmonth

    Moving Styles to Raw was never going to happen. It would’ve made Shane look like an untrustworthy authority figure, because it was pretty heavily implied that he agreed to AJ’s request to stay on SmackDown, Did everyone who thought AJ was moving to Raw just choose to ignore that whole segment, or what?

  • M

    Would not surprise me if a Shield reunion happens by years end. Another method in an attempt to get Reigns over. Even if they do though, if he’s the “main guy” will there be any cheering?

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Or a Dean Ambrose heel turn.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    They were never going to move Roman Reigns or AJ Styles period.

  • zim

    the plan is to keep Roman and Brock apart for a year….so they couldnt be separated….
    seriously is a 5 year old running their booking?

  • Killswitch

    The opportunity for a Shield reunion is also possible now.