Rumor: Could Roman Reigns Move to SmackDown?
There’s been a lot of speculation that WWE will make a few “roster moves” after WrestleMania to freshen things up, with names like AJ Styles and Sami Zayn previously rumored to be possibly switching brands.
According to PWInsider Elite, one possible scenario that has been discussed the most by WWE officials is Roman Reigns moving to SmackDown. John Cena is expected to be very “part time” for the near future post-WrestleMania since he’ll be shooting a couple of movies, and WWE wants Roman Reigns to take over the role of “top babyface” in the company. On SmackDown, with Cena out, you really only have Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton as “top faces,” then you jump down to guys like Apollo Crews.
The feeling backstage is also that Roman Reigns has been getting stale on Raw, with only so many feuds he can keep repeating.
It was recently rumored that WWE has been planning on Reigns facing Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34 for the Universal title, so we’ll see if Reigns moving to SmackDown affects those plans (if he even moves in the first place).
It’ll also be interesting to see how the internet wrestling crowd reacts, since SmackDown has been an “internet darling” and Reigns is obviously hated by most people online.