Roman Reigns vs. The Rock at WWE WrestleMania 37? Could the dream match finally happen? Perhaps, but we’d rather have Big E.
Although Michael Cole was fed lines on SmackDown explicitly saying otherwise, Big E has been a multi-time champion in WWE as a singles competitor – not just a tag team champion with the legendary New Day stable.
Big E was the second-ever NXT Champion after Seth Rollins. He also won the Intercontinental Championship in singles competition before joining the New Day. And now, he has a shot to make a name for himself as a singles star with stablemates Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods not currently wrestling.
So far, E’s return to singles competition has gone well in terms of his own performances, though we haven’t seen him enough recently. E has been excellent on Talking Smack, educating The Miz on White privilege, in the context of professional wrestling, and reminding people that it’s always best to be yourself. (Take that, Booker T.)
In the ring, Big E has been as excellent as ever. His first singles match against The Miz was great, and he had another strong performance against John Morrison. And he and Sheamus put on one of the best matches on the Payback card a couple of weeks ago.
Big E should win the Universal Championship during this run
E needs to be built up for something, and I’m not just talking about the Intercontinental Championship. I’m talking about the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 37 in, if our government finally gets its act together, Los Angeles.
I’ve seen some reporters, such as talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, and fans wonder if The Rock vs. Roman Reigns could finally happen at WrestleMania 37 in Hollywood as a dream match. I mean, it’s entirely possible for that to be The Rock’s final match, with Reigns retiring his cousin in his own backyard, so to speak, with Paul Heyman by his side. There are elements that make sense.
While that match would be a big deal, there’s nothing that would be a bigger deal than Reigns putting over someone who should be a world champion and one of the next big stars in WWE. Big E. WWE is at a stage where they need to be putting over a big star every year at WrestleMania.
Although The Rock would bring headlines and a lot of people would want to see a Reigns vs. Rock match, I don’t think beating The Rock would do as much for Reigns as putting over Big E would. Reign is a made man. He is The Guy and has been The Guy for years.
In most years, the main event of WrestleMania belongs to Roman Reigns
The main event of WrestleMania belongs to him in most years. Because of that, winning in the main event of WrestleMania is a likelihood for Reigns in any given year. But when there’s a unique opportunity to put over someone as talented and deserving as Big E, whose superstardom has been a long time coming, Heyman and Reigns have to take it.
I’m sure The Rock would be able to put on a good WrestleMania match with Reigns, but in terms of match quality, I just don’t see how Big E vs. Reigns can be topped. These are two of the best wrestlers on SmackDown right now, and they have accomplished so much in WWE. Put them together in the potential main event of WrestleMania (we’ll see what happens with Sasha Banks and Bayley before making main event calls), and you will get a classic.
Reigns has been robbed of WrestleMania main event classics. His wins over Triple H and The Undertaker and his loss to Brock Lesnar weren’t booked as showcases of his wrestling ability. Big E vs. Reigns would show everyone on the biggest stage possible what we’ve all seen for weeks on television. Reigns is, as much as fans of other promotions hate to admit it, legitimately one of the best wrestlers in the world in that ring. And Big E isn’t far behind at all.
We are in a time when building stars is the main focus, and E is a star, plain and simple. We’re also in a time where fans want to see high-quality matches and something new. The Rock vs. Reigns is intriguing, but if John Cena wants to take a backseat from being at the center of WrestleManias, then I’d imagine The Rock would feel the same. Big E vs. Reigns is an opportunity to tell a special story and boost E to new heights.