5 WWE Superstars Roman Reigns could face in the main event of WrestleMania 38

Who could step up to The Tribal Chief? (Picture credits to the owner)
Who could step up to The Tribal Chief? (Picture credits to the owner)
Vatsal Rathod

Universal Champion Roman Reigns is having the best run of his WWE career right now as The Tribal Chief. Ever since returning at SummerSlam 2020, WWE Universe has seen a completely new version of Reigns and they have loved it.

Earlier this month, he successfully defended his Universal title in the main event of Night Two of WrestleMania 37 against Edge and Daniel Bryan. Roman Reigns has already held the title for over 225 days now but Paul Heyman has given a "spoiler" that The Tribal Chief will enter next year's WrestleMania still as the Universal Champion.

“We’re gonna do everything that we can to top Season One. Because the main event, 50-something-odd weeks from right now, of next year’s WrestleMania will feature the greatest box-office attraction in WWE history. The single-most dominant sports entertainer you’ve ever seen in your life. The Reignsing, defending, undisputed, uncontroverted, WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, then, now, and forever, including next year’s WrestleMania… Roman Reigns. And I assure you, that’s not just a prediction, that is a Tribal Chief guaranteed spoiler.”

While that is still a long way to go, let's take a look at five WWE Superstars that Roman Reigns could possibly face in the main event of WrestleMania 38. Comment down and let us know your thoughts on the same.

#5 Roman Reigns vs. The Rock

Starting with a massive dream match that is still practically possible, Roman Reigns going one-on-one with his cousin and WWE legend The Rock has money written all over it. Many expected this match to take place at WrestleMania 37, but many outside factors didn't allow that to happen.

The entire Head of the Table gimmick and the arrogant character of this new Reigns is the perfect opportunity for WWE to bring back The Rock, who comes from the same family and could step up to the Universal Champion. The storytelling in this feud could be amazing and blur the lines between kayfabe and reality.

Not to forget, a promo war between The Rock and Paul Heyman could be a treat for the WWE Universe. This could also be the retirement match for The Rock, who would definitely get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the coming years. However, there is also a chance that WWE saves this match for WrestleMania 39, which is being advertised as WrestleMania Hollywood.

#4 Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre

Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre are two of the biggest stars on the current WWE roster. It was at WWE Survivor Series 2020 where fans got a glimpse of a mega-feud between these two as they clashed in a Champion vs. Champion match. It was Reigns who stole the victory with his heel tactics, but the two put on a classic.

Speaking on a Comic-Con panel, Triple H had massive praise for both these WWE Superstars, even comparing them with the likes of The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

“I would love to see that percolate because I think that a couple of years down the road Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre is a Hulk Hogan-Ric Flair scenario, Rock-‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin scenario, and you don’t want to hit that before it peaks."

Currently, both of them are on different brands and WWE would probably keep them apart for some time. However, the main event of WrestleMania 38 could be a perfect stage for the two of them to have a proper feud and match. Could Drew McIntyre become the one to eventually dethrone Roman Reigns as the Universal Champion?

#3 Roman Reigns vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt

Roman Reigns made his return to WWE at SummerSlam 2020 last year after the main event between "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman. He took out both the superstars, even calling The Fiend a freak in a mask.

Just a week later at WWE Payback 2020, Roman Reigns won the Universal Championship from The Fiend in a triple threat match also involving Braun Strowman. However, it was Strowman who took the pin in the match. There was no proper pay-off or a feud between The Fiend and Roman Reigns, and WWE is probably saving this for a bigger stage. Could that stage be WrestleMania 38?

Originally, there were plans for these two superstars to clash at WrestleMania 36 with Roman Reigns challenging The Fiend for the Universal Championship. But the plans changed as Goldberg defeated The Fiend and then Reigns challenged him instead. Ultimately, Reigns pulled out of WrestleMania, and Braun Strowman was the one who faced and defeated Goldberg.

Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt have had a massive history even before the latter turned into The Fiend. A feud between the two on the Road to WrestleMania 38, leading to a main event match could be amazing.

#2 Roman Reigns vs. John Cena

Roman Reigns has often been compared to 16-time World Champion John Cena. There were a lot of similarities in the way that WWE pushed Roman Reigns as their top babyface. Reigns and Cena are two of the most polarizing superstars in recent WWE history.

The two faced off against each other at WWE No Mercy 2017 and it was Roman Reigns who came up victorious in what was a typical "passing of the torch" moment. There were several amazing moments during their feud and fans still remember the promo battle where John Cena destroyed Roman Reigns with his mic skills. However, a one-on-one match between the two should have ideally taken place at a much bigger stage.

The dynamics have completely changed now with Reigns being a massive heel. Cena returning and challenging him for a match at WrestleMania 38 could be epic. To further the stakes, WWE could make this a "title vs. retirement" match. John Cena returning for that record 17th world title while Roman Reigns defending his, what could by then be 500+ days Universal Championship reign. Who would you want to see win in this scenario between two of Vince McMahon's poster boys?

#1 Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar

Imagine this scenario where Roman Reigns successfully defends his Universal Championship at Royal Rumble 2022 against some WWE Superstar. On the SmackDown after the pay-per-view, he comes out and claims that he has defeated the entire roster and there's no one who can step up to him.

The next moment, a familiar music hits the arena, and out comes "The Beast Incarnate" Brock Lesnar. The look on Paul Heyman's face would be worth millions watching his former client return and confront Roman Reigns.

One of the biggest reasons for the success of Reigns' heel character has been Heyman. No one expected WWE to pair these two together but the result has been pure magic. However, ever since these two have formed an alliance, fans have wanted to see a feud between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.

The two have faced each other previously on multiple occasions but the dynamics would be completely different if they clash at WrestleMania 38. The biggest question would, of course, be who will Paul Heyman side with? Will he betray Roman Reigns and go back to his original client, Brock Lesnar? Or will he remain in The Tribal Chief's corner against The Beast Incarnate?

Edited by Kaushik Das
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