More On Roman Reigns Returning To WWE As SmackDown’s Top Heel

Roman Reigns will challenge for the WWE Universal Championship in the main event of tonight’s WWE Payback pay-per-view in a triple-threat match also involving “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman.

Reigns returned to the company in a surprise appearance at SummerSlam last week, taking out both Wyatt and Strowman. On SmackDown, he was aligned with Paul Heyman. As we reported here on WrestlingNews.com, the plan is for Reigns to work as the top heel on SmackDown with Heyman as his manager.

The latest on Reigns is he goes into Payback as the -250 favorite to win the title, compared to underdogs Wyatt +150 and Strowman +550.

While WrestlingNews.com cannot confirm WWE plans to change the title again tonight, the original plan was for Reigns to win the WWE Universal Championship from Goldberg at WrestleMania 36 earlier this year. After Reigns opted out due to COVID-19, Strowman ended up getting the rub. He held the title until last Sunday when he dropped it to Wyatt.

Reigns was criticized following his return to WWE, going straight into the title picture when Kevin Owens, who also opted out, has been off the past couple of pay-per-views aside from a Kickoff match.

WWE may opt to hot shot Reigns back as the champion, as they look to book The Fiend as the blue brand’s top babyface.  Stay tuned to WrestlingNews.com for the latest.