WWE's Plans For Roman Reigns At WrestleMania Backlash 2022 Revealed

What role will the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion play at WrestleMania Backlash?

Roman Reigns WrestleMania Backlash

Despite recent speculation that Roman Reigns might not compete at WWE's next premium live event, WrestleMania Backlash 2022, the reigning Undisputed WWE Universal Champion is expected to play a headlining role.

Dave Meltzer spoke about the situation on Wrestling Observer Radio, noting an observation of the lack of angles shot for Reigns ahead of the show thus far. Despite this, Roman will be in the main event, with WWE presumably beginning the build to whatever they have planned for him on Friday's episode of SmackDown.

WrestleMania Backlash 2022 takes place in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday 8 May. Four matches have been announced thus far, three of which are WrestleMania 38 rematches.


Reigns, already the Universal Champion, defeated Brock Lesnar to add the WWE Championship to his collection at 'Mania 38. WWE is yet to finalise his next rivalry onscreen, though it may be Shinsuke Nakamura, who, after accosting The Bloodline following 38, was beaten down by The Usos at Reigns' behest.

Reigns has now been a top champion in WWE for a total of 599 days. His run on top began at Payback 2020 that August, where he unseated Bray Wyatt as Universal kingpin in a Triple Threat also featuring Braun Strowman.

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