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Backstage News On Roman Reigns' Opponent At SummerSlam

WWE has only had Roman Reigns wrestle on a part-time basis since his return, but the Big Dog will indeed be competing at next week's SummerSlam pay-per-view.

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), Reigns will be going up against Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam - and that provides an indication as to who tried attacking him on SmackDown Live.

At the end of this week's show, somebody tried dropping backstage equipment on Reigns, and nobody was able to locate the perpetrator. After the show, there was a hint that Buddy Murphy was the sinner, but one has to assume that Bryan had something to do with it.

Kofi Kingston, the top superstar on SmackDown, is defending his WWE Championship against Randy Orton - while rising babyface Kevin Owens will go up against Shane McMahon. That left Reigns and Bryan - two of SmackDown's other marquee stars - in need of big-named opponents. It's the perfect match.

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Reigns and Bryan have a bit of a history, as The Shield clashed with Team Hell No during their early days on the main roster. Reigns also faced Bryan at the 2015 Fastlane pay-per-view, becoming the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 31. Now, the two superstars get to rekindle their rivalry as they prepare to clash at the biggest party of the summer.

Both Bryan and Reigns have been bouncing around from feud to feud over the past couple of months, but the creative team finally has some stability for both. Reigns and Bryan are among the two most marketable superstars in WWE, and this match could end up being one of the very best in SummerSlam history.

What This Means

There's only one more episode of SmackDown until SummerSlam, so there's little time for Reigns-Bryan buildup. It'll be interesting to see how they reveal Reigns' planned attacker from this week's episode, and it'll set the stage beautifully for their match next Sunday.

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