On this week’s SmackDown, Adam Pearce announced a big WWE Elimination Chamber match for next weekend between Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, King Corbin, Sami Zayn, Daniel Bryan and Cesaro.
The winner of the match will receive an immediate Universal Championship match at Elimination Chamber against Roman Reigns, but it seems like this wasn’t the original plan for the show.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer has revealed that the original plans for the pay-per-view were for Roman Reigns to defend his Universal Championship inside the Elimination Chamber next weekend.
While it wasn’t clear, it’s likely that plans changed as WWE is also having Drew McIntyre defend his WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, and the company didn’t want to replicate the same match.
“It’s a way to get heat on Reigns. Originally, Reigns was going to be in the chamber match. That was the original idea and then I guess they didn’t want to do it on both shows or something. Whatever…they wanted to tweak it, so they tweaked it.”
At this stage, it’s also unclear which of the six names booked for the Elimination Chamber would have dropped out if Roman Reigns was going to defend his Universal Championship on the show. For more on that, stay tuned to WrestleTalk.com.
We will also keep you posted on if additional details emerged on other original plans that WWE had for the Elimination Chamber this month.
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