WWE Currently Not Planning Roman Reigns vs. LA Knight for Royal Rumble 2024
WWE reportedly currently does not have any plans for a rematch between LA Knight and Roman Reigns to take place at next year’s Royal Rumble event in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Dave Meltzer reported that his sources stated that several people within WWE currently feel that Knight should be in that spot and have pushed for Knight to get it but WWE CCO Paul “Triple H” Levesque currently has a different plan in mind for Reigns’ match at next year’s event.
Triple H Comments on WWE Doesn’t “Take Our Fanbase for Granted”
Sports Illustrated held a recent interview with WWE CCO and Head of Creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque. One of the topics discussed included Levesque’s current mentality for his approach to storylines and booking in WWE.
“Vince taught me years ago, you put yourself in the seats and you’ll never go wrong. You’ve always got to maintain that perspective. I started out as a fan. Book what people want to feel and see. Writing this stuff is a feel,” he said. “You can analyze stories and how they come together, but how does it make you feel? If you can make people feel those stories, they’re going to be invested in the product. That’s how we try to approach, find that ultimate emotional place for the talent and the characters and the stories they’re in.
We don’t take our fan base for granted. And the way our talent operates is different from other generations. They want to go out there and put on the best possible show they can. A lot of these kids are already invested–they grew up wanting to do this. And if they didn’t, they fell in love with it by learning from people who grew up wanting to be in this business, and that’s how they learned the respect for it. To me, that’s what makes you successful. That connection with our fan base, that’s a big part of our core.”
Panini Lawsuit Against WWE Update
As noted before, WWE terminated their merchandise deal with Panini this past September over allegations of breach of contract which led to Panini filing a lawsuit in return over the issue. This lawsuit was settled between the two sides earlier this month for terms that are currently not known.
Attorney Paul Lesko reported on Twitter that WWE and Panini had filed a motion to the court on November 21st stating that they had settled their issues and requested for the court to dismiss the case with prejudice based on recent court records. Lesko reported that the reason for this filing was due to the court had initially dismissed their case without prejudice which would have meant Panini would had been legally allowed to refile the lawsuit in the future.
Lesko reported that the filing also stated that WWE and Panini will bear its own costs, expenses, and attorneys’ fees for the case.