WWE superstar Roman Reigns has been battling the mumps virus and has been out of action for nearly a month. He was forced to sit out the TLC main event and was replaced with Kurt Angle, but the hope was that he’d be set to return for Survivor Series and fill a spot on Team Raw.
However, it appears as though Reigns is no longer part of the Survivor Series plans. During this week’s episode of Raw in Manchester, Angle announced that Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and Jason Jordan would be the final members of his team. Those three – along with Angle and Braun Strowman – will face Team SmackDown.
Andrew Ravens of eWrestlingNews.com noted that officials had been planning for and anticipating Reigns’ return to Survivor Series, but it appears as though the plug is being pulled on that dream.
Reigns’ return to the ring remains unclear, and The Shield’s reunion will be on hold once again. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were originally set to face The Usos at Survivor Series, but they lost the Raw Tag Team titles to Sheamus and Cesaro, who will now face the SmackDown champions instead.
The mumps virus came at a bad time for Reigns who was slowly developing more momentum as a fan favorite after reforming The Shield with Rollins and Ambrose. Vince McMahon and the creative team have pushed hard for Reigns to be the babyface of the company, but the fans have rejected and booed him heavily over the past two years.
It’s also impossible to know what the storyline/feud will be for Reigns when he returns. He’s already feuded with Braun Strowman who is now a babyface. Perhaps a rivalry with Kane, Finn Balor or The Miz could be in the cards. We’ll have to wait and see as Reigns’ return has no clear timetable.
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