In recent weeks there is nothing but talk of Forbidden Door for the WWE, with the Stamford company that after announcing the arrival in the women's Royal Rumble of IMPACT Wrestling champion, Mickie James, has opened a parallel universe of hypotheses and guesswork by fans and insiders.
After hearing the most disparate names to be able to take part in both the Royal Rumble of the Stamford company, with this new opening towards rival companies, never seen in WWE in recent decades, which could now allow it all, the most famous names have been made unthinkable for a possible appearance in that of the Rumble on January 29th.
After the official name of Mickie James, Lita, the Bella Twins and several other athletes without a contract with McMahon, names of men who could arrive in WWE have also been made, such as Daniel Bryan, Moose, Cody Rhodes and in the last few hours also the former Shield member: Dean Ambrose aka Jon Moxley.
As we have seen in the latest episodes of Friday Night Smackdown, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins have begun their feud in view of the Rumble, with the two immediately starting to tease each other in the ring of the blue show, also talking about their past in the Shield, at the whose appeal is missing precisely the only Jon Moxley.
Furthermore, during the weekly episodes of the Friday night show, the WWE also sent on stage several archive videos in which it also made Dean Ambrose appear, being part of the Shield trio, with the fans and professionals who would now be assuming a possible return to the scene.
Apparently, Moxley's alcohol rehab would have been paid for in full by WWE, as was the case for so many of the company's other former wrestlers, who asked the federation for a hand, with WWE always offering to pay for any help.
of this kind without distinction, to each of his former employees. All this has brought Ambrose / Moxley and the WWE very close, with several insiders who do not exclude the hypothesis, which for now remains so, of seeing Moxley in the WWE rings, even if only for a one night only match, which does drop down the whole arena in which the ppv is broadcast.
Had more than 1 source this weekend, w/o me directly asking, state they believe WWE will try for an “unexpected” forbidden door entrant for the Men’s Royal Rumble. Personally I’m skeptical it happens, but I can confirm WWE is at least open to the idea.
Which is exciting enough. — WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) January 10, 2022
Amazing RUMORS for Wrestlemania 2022!
The year 2022 began with a colossal problem for WWE, forced to overturn its plans in the short, medium and long term a couple of hours after the dispute of the first ppv of the year.
The company had to deal with the fact that Roman Reigns would not be able to fight on Day 1, with the consequence that the Tribal Chief remained Universal Champion by not facing Brock Lesnar, while the latter was the WWE Champion.
joining the contest for the other overall title on the main roster. Still, it looks like things will be back on their feet by the end of the month. While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer indicated that the plan for WrestleMania was for Brock Lesnar to defend his Universal Championship (won on Day 1) against Roman Reigns.
The expert reporter, however, stated that the path to WrestleMania has changed, but eventually WWE will find a way to fulfill its previous plans. Meltzer has in fact reported that, according to what a source told him, WWE will return to the original project over the course of the weeks, with Lesnar actually facing Roman Reigns as champion.
This could mean, as explained by the head of the 'Wrestling Observer', that Lesnar will keep the title of WWE champion after beating Bobby Lashley at the Royal Rumble, and Reigns will hand the Universal Champion belt to Seth Rollins.
All of this would also fix another problem that arose after Day 1. As stated by several American sources, Rollins was initially supposed to win the WWE Championship on the first night of the year, and then defend it at WrestleMania.
If Reigns now loses to Rollins, then WWE will go back in the direction he wanted, but with the titles traded between Raw and SmackDown. And precisely this was discussed on the 'Wrestling Observer Radio' Meltzer said: "The plan for Day 1 was that Seth would be the WWE Champion at the end of the show, and Lesnar would be the Universal Champion at the end of the show.
So Lesnar is now the WWE Champion, so I wonder if they will go ahead as originally planned. Seth would defend the title on one of the WrestleMania nights, then Lesnar and Roman would be opponents for the other title on the other WrestleMania night." And here comes the crux of the story: "I was told that things will turn out as they were supposed to.
So I wonder if this means that they will change the belts, and therefore the title of Universal Champion will end on Raw with Seth and the WWE champion belt, which Roman will most likely win, will be defended at SmackDown.
And that also means Brock would then return primarily to SmackDown." A complicated situation, the result of the problems of Day 1: "I think this was not the original plan, but perhaps the best way to recalibrate everything.
This is because Roman lost the pay-per-view and they decided to go with Brock, to get him to win the other title. In this way Brock won the only title defended on the show. I can't say 100% that Brock would have won the other title, beating Reigns.
But, by the way, I mean that I'm pretty sure. Seth on the other hand know 100% that he was expected to be the winner of the WWE Championship." But the whole thing, if Meltzer was right, wouldn't matter now. If Raw and SmackDown were to swap titles, then Seth Rollins will defend the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania, likely against Lashley and / or Big E, while Brock Lesnar will defend the WWE Championship against Reigns.
This would explain why (aside from Drew McIntyre's injury) Rollins was chosen to take on Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble.