WWE revealed Roman Reigns to be the biggest acquisition of Smackdown Live during the Superstar Shakeup. The audience was indeed curious to see who the name would be considering WWE’s move to the Fox Network in the fall. Smackdown will move to one of the most mainstream brands in the USA that needs some biggest names on the show to cater the products.
So the assumptions were that someone bigger will enter the blue brand will enter the scene to carry the show forward. Only then, it could build a tough competition with Monday Night Raw. Unless it’s rare to think Roman Reigns to shift from the flagship brand of the company to the so-called B-Show. Moving forward, there could be big plans around him as to elevate Smackdown, overall.
As per the reports of Slice Wrestling, WWE is reserving a huge push around Roman Reigns as Summerslam 2019 will approach, sooner. He will move to the main event picture and potentially set to be a part of the WWE Championship match at SummerSlam 2019. The source did not add whether Kofi Kingston would still be the WWE Champion heading into Summerslam 2019.
There’s a big chance that Roman Reigns could actually become the new WWE Champion for the first time since losing the title in 2016. This would ensure that the new champion will represent Smackdown when Fox Sports starts airing the show in October. He’s returned to the Smackdown brand after a gap of almost three years i.e. the 2016 return of brand split that actually separated Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live brands.
It was not the original plans for the Tuesday Nights, though. As noted by wwfoldschool.com, another veteran name was going to be the original WWE Champion around Summerslam,
“An interesting thing that should be noted here is that Vince McMahon originally planned for Randy Orton to be involved in the WWE Title picture around SummerSlam 2019 and wanted Orton to be the WWE Champion heading into the FOX deal as Vince thinks Orton has the perfect look for a wider SmackDown audience on FOX.”
So it’s quite possible that Vince McMahon could replace Randy Orton with Roman Reigns and crown him with his fifth WWE Championship in the fall. But you never know when The Boss will change his mind on upcoming plans.
Reports also suggest that this time around, Vince McMahon is hell-bent on putting Smackdown over as the A-Show of the WWE. Hence he will pull out all the stops to kick-off the journey on Fox Sports with a bang. More big names like Brock Lesnar or Ronda Rousey may find the blue brand as their new home when they will come back into WWE programming.