The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view is going to be a very different set-up this year. The winner of the SmackDown Chamber match will become #1 contender, and he will get his title shot later on in the night. This loophole will see Roman Reigns wrestle at Elimination Chamber, but not wrestle in the Elimination Chamber match.
We previously reported that the plan was to hold a Universal Title match in the Chamber, but they switched that around. WWE is mixing up the Chamber match rewards this year.
When we asked why Reigns isn’t in the Elimination Chamber match we were told, “They weren’t getting him in that chamber. No chance.”
The Elimination Chamber match is a brutal environment. They have taken away the metal grates and replaced them with padding, but the match is still incredibly hard on those Superstars. We were told, “Everyone gets hurt in a match that people only watch to see injuries.” Roman Reigns very well might have wanted to avoid that situation.
Daniel Bryan even joked with Paul Heyman about him getting Roman Reigns “Brock Lesnar contract.” His deal isn’t that part-time, but he does have incredibly powerful pull backstage.