– Open Challenge Title Match On Tonight’s Episode Of Raw?
It looks like “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns will be doing an open challenge for his newly won Intercontinental Title on tonight’s episode of Raw. Below is what WWE posted:
“Despite the attempted intervention of Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus (thwarted masterfully by Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose), Roman Reigns Speared The Miz this past Monday night to claim the Intercontinental Title and become a Grand Slam Champion, having previously held the WWE Tag Team Titles, the U.S. Title and the WWE Title.
In a WWE.com interview after the win, The Big Dog hinted that an open challenge could be in the cards.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) November 21, 2017
“Anybody can get it,” Reigns told Mike Rome. He later tweeted, “Wherever I am, consider it my yard. So, if you want my title, all you have to do is step up.”
Workhorse champions like John Cena, Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles have instituted open challenges in the past, and it seems like Reigns is keeping that tradition alive.
If this is the case, who will “step up” to “The Guy” on Raw?”
It looks like Jason Jordan has already answered the challenge, but it isn’t official as of now. Below is what Jason posted:
— Jason Jordan (@JasonJordanJJ) November 27, 2017
It should be noted that Reigns issued an Intercontinental Title open challenge at last night’s WWE Live Event as well and it was answered by Samoa Joe. Reigns went on to retain the Title.
– Raw Star Continues Mocking Reports Of Him Not Being Over
As we noted before, the originally planned Royal Rumble 2018 Universal Title match between Brock Lesnar and Finn Balor (who was the first ever Universal Champion) has been nixed because Vince McMahon feels Balor isn’t over enough for this.
Below is what Dave Meltzer said about this:
“So the Royal Rumble 2018 co-main event was scheduled to be Brock Lesnar and Finn Bálor for the Universal Championship. Obviously, if you watched the show last night, you probably would come to the conclusion that’s probably not the direction they are going to go and if you watched Raw I think that you would’ve emphatically realized that that had to have changed.
What I was told was the official change was actually this morning, but it was definitely talked about yesterday. Vince McMahon felt that Finn Balor wasn’t over enough. And I think that he obviously decided even before because of the way that match was laid out.
Finn Balor wasn’t put in that Survivor Series match to shine. And even though, like the whole match was built around Braun Strowman, the problem with Braun Strowman and Lesnar is this: they’ve already done the match once. They did a clean finish. Vince doesn’t want anyone kicking out of the F5 until WrestleMania obviously.
I mean, they’ve built this thing up forever. So Brock Lesnar beating Braun Strowman at Royal Rumble with an F5, it’s something that’s already been done. It’s not going to help Braun Strowman one bit…to lose that match no matter how they work the match. Plus the first match really wasn’t very good.
Lesnar and Strowman makes all the sense in the world for Royal Rumble 2018, but when you really think it out, it makes no sense at all given where they want to go. They don’t want to hurt Strowman and they’re not gonna put the Universal Title on Strowman because they’ve spent the whole year building up Lesnar and Reigns.
So unless they switch it to Lesnar and Strowman at WrestleMania, which I would say that would be a back-up plan, that you could do if Vince gets cold feet on Roman Reigns but that hasn’t happened yet. So we’re kind of left with a situation where they’re scrambling for a match.
They’ve just decided the match they wanted to do, they’re not doing anymore and what they’re going to do is up in the air.”
Below is what Balor tweeted regarding this report (focussing on the letters O V E R):
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) November 22, 2017
Balor continued joking about this with the following tweet:
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) November 23, 2017
Balor made yet another tweet regarding this and also hinted that he wants to answer Roman Reigns’ open challenge for the Intercontinental Title:
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) November 27, 2017