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What could Roman Reigns’ SummerSlam announcement be?

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Tuesday’s Rude Awakening looks at Roman Reigns announcement announcement, RAW’s brawl, and the return of the Top Guys.

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There was an announcement on Monday that Roman Reigns would make an announcement next Monday, and all we know for sure is that it’s regarding what Reigns will be up to at SummerSlam. He’s not in any feud at the moment, which leaves things a bit open, but at the same time, so much of the main event scene is already busy that it’s unclear how many options there actually are for Reigns in Brooklyn.

So, we might as well think big while things are fuzzy, and there are two very different definitions of “big” we can go with here. It could be Reigns challenging whoever the winner of Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe is for a SummerSlam Universal Championship match, but with someone interrupting. That someone could be Finn Balor — who has nothing going on — or it could be Braun Strowman making his triumphant return from elbow surgery.

With Balor, it would give us the third meeting of Reigns vs. Balor, and the first one-on-one match-up between the pair at a pay-per-view. And not any pay-per-view, either, but one of WWE’s Big Four. Finn won the first round, giving him a chance at the Universal Championship at last year’s SummerSlam, and Reigns took round two more recently on RAW. Balor vs. Reigns would be money, especially since it’s the rubber match and should determine the winner of this feud and setup the next non-Joe challenger for the Universal Championship.

As for Braun, interrupting to let Reigns know he’s not finished yet could mean we get the blowoff match between the two we would have seen at Extreme Rules, if not for Strowman’s injury. This would also likely mean that Brock vs. Joe is more than a one-off, in addition to the good news about Strowman’s health. It would leave Balor without something obvious to do, but you could say the same thing about Braun should he be ready to return and both Brock and Roman are occupied.

This still doesn’t clear up what Reigns would be up at Great Balls of Fire, of course, but maybe his SummerSlam plans will just have to start up a little early.