1. Roman Reigns (WWE Universal Champion)
Leading up to Hell in a Cell, Roman Reigns had been on an absolute tear. FINALLY defeating The Beast, Brock Lesnar, at Summerslam and becoming WWE Universal Champion skyrocketed Reigns to the top of the food chain in WWE. Whether you like the guy or not, there is no denying that The Big Dog is the top dog in the company right now. However, being the man isn’t always easy. Being Universal champ, Roman has a huge bulls-eye on his back, but Roman wouldn’t have it any other way. His first night as champ, he defended his title, something he promised to do as soon as he rid us of Lesnar, against Finn Bálor. He defeated Finn, but Braun Strowman soon made his way into the ring to, seemingly, cash-in his Money in the Bank briefcase. Luckily for Roman, The Shield made the save and foiled The Monster’s plan.
The next week Strowman announced he was cashing-in at Hell in a Cell and wanted their match inside the Cell to keep anyone from interfering. Roman agreed and the match was set. However, the contest hardly remained a one-on-one contest. Interruptions from Ambrose, Rollins, McIntyre, Ziggler, and especially Brock Lesnar, caused the match to end in a no-contest. Lesnar kicked his way into the cell and laid out both Roman and Braun, leaving the ref with no choice but to end the match with no winner. The following night on Raw, both Roman and Braun called out The Beast Incarnate, but all they got was Paul Heyman. Then, Constable Corbin announced that at WWE Crown Jewel in November, Roman, Braun, and Brock will face-off in a triple threat match for the WWE Universal Championship.
Corbin then made a match between himself and Roman for the Universal title later that night on Raw, declaring that Roman “may not even make it to Saudi Arabia as the champ”. The Constable tried everything in his playbook to best The Big Dog, even re-starting the match as a No-DQ match after he got himself DQ’d for using a chair. However, Reigns overcame Corbin and hit him with a huge spear to retain his title.
Although he came up with the win on Monday night, Roman’s future isn’t looking too bright. To be honest, he was dominated at Hell in a Cell by Strowman. Plus, Lesnar has dominated him multiple times in the past in their matches. A triple threat against both behemoths sounds like a daunting task for Roman, but if he can overcome Strowman and Lesnar, he will absolutely solidify his spot at #1 in our Rankings.