In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has noted that it’s rather likely that we’re going to see Roman Reigns feud with Daniel Bryan over the Universal Championship as the net top storyline on SmackDown.
This came after Meltzer reported that WWE currently has no plans to bring back either Bill Goldberg or John Cena for marquee feuds with the Universal Championship on SmackDown, despite speculation online.
When speaking about who will likely be next to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Champion, Dave Meltzer noted that it is expected to be Daniel Bryan, who recently returned to WWE TV:
But aside from that, Bryan is the best bit in the sense he’s someone Reigns can have a great match with, has the star tenure and can cut the promos to tell a story to build it. But with such a nothing return, Bryan was brought back seemingly as a midcard face in the crowd on the No. 2 babyface tag team on the brand.
Who else does Reigns have? Owens can work and talk and there’s Rey Mysterio, but Bryan if he was correctly pushed right now should be more effective as a title challenger than they are. Lars Sullivan is getting the monster push and you can do a heel vs. heel program at some point, but that shouldn’t be for months. The point being is they need to create two or three key babyfaces that are groomed for Reigns, and Bryan is the strongest potentially of all of them for right now, and his return was handled in a way to make him come across the least special.
This would certainly make sense, especially considering Jey Uso fully aligned himself with Roman Reigns last night on SmackDown after turning heel on Daniel Bryan following their main event match.