WWE held their inaugural Day 1 premium live event on New Year’s Day in Atlanta, Georgia. There was a slight damper on the show after Universal Champion Roman Reigns tested positive for COVID-19. He was pulled for the show and the company quickly scrambled for a replacement.
Brock Lesnar was scheduled to challenge Reigns at Day 1. Instead, he was shifted to the scheduled WWE Championship match between champion Big E, Seth Rollins, and Kevin Owens. Lesnar then went on to win the WWE title from Big E.
On the latest Bryan and Vinny Show, Bryan Alvarez discussed the situation. He stated that the original plan was for Big E to walk out of Atlanta with the title. Alvarez noted that because Reigns came down with COVID, the title swap was made.
“Going into this show, Big E was coming out the Champion. And so Big E losing the title was a direct result of Roman getting COVID and having to scramble to come up with a new idea…
My presumption [and] I don’t have this 100 percent confirmed. What people have told me they believe is what’s going on here. Here’s the thing with WWE, everybody. When there’s a storyline involving Roman and Brock, the people that know where this is going are Roman, Brock and Vince and probably Paul Heyman and maybe Bruce Prichard. I can talk to 100 people there and 100 of them would tell me, ‘I think this is what’s happening but I don’t know for sure.’ But I think that the idea here is that they are doing champion vs. champion at WrestleMania. Roman would be the SmackDown Champion, Brock would be the Raw Champion. Either a unification match or just champion vs. champion like they do at Survivor Series.”
Ringside News exclusively reported that Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Title will not change his WrestleMania match. We were told it will only “enhance” the storyline.
It appears the planned match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar is still on for Wrestlemania. It is unclear what WWE plans to do about the championships. There were several champion vs champion non-title matches at Survivor Series, so the company may consider some type of unification bout. The company wide COVID outbreak has made for some very interesting times in Stamford.
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