WWE’s upcoming WrestleMania Backlash premium live event will be headlined by a six-man tag match featuring The Bloodline against Drew McIntyre and RK-Bro. Many fans were disappointed, as a tag title unification matchup was heavily promoted on WWE television. It turns out that this was the plan all along.
Roman Reigns asked The Usos to deliver the Raw Tag Team Championships to him on SmackDown. The unification match seemed all but set. WWE never actually intended for the titles to be brought together.
In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that the six-man was always WWE’s plan. Many believed that this was an on-the-fly change and that Drew and Roman would be the main event match. It turns out it was never in the cards.
“The little bit we do know is that the six-man tag match was always the planned match. There was never a plan to do the unification match. So while most feel this was the usual weekly plans changed, it was not. That also explains why last week nobody would confirm Reigns vs. McIntyre to me, only that Reigns would be in the main event.”
Had WWE gone with the unification match, there was the potential that Raw would be without tag team champions and a world champion. Roman Reigns unified the Universal and WWE titles by defeating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. In the end, The Bloodline won’t have all the gold, at least for now.
A large portion of the WWE Universe was disappointed when the six-man main event was announced for Backlash. WWE has several huge stadium shows coming up. It sounds like Vince McMahon is saving the big-time matchups for those events.
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