The Royal Rumble is next month and suddenly Triple H has himself one hell of a speed bump on the Road to WrestleMania. Some it he inherited, some of it is his own doing but he's going to have some big decisions to make where the main event of the biggest show of the year is concerned.
The problem is in the form of one Sami Zayn. Sami Zayn wasn't supposed to be within 1000 feet of the main event of WrestleMania. Under the previous regime of the disgraced former CEO Sami was a heel conspiracy theorist who dressed like Fidel Castro and was used as comedy fodder. His match at this past Mania was trainwreck with Johnny Knoxville that in no way resembled a wrestling match for crying out loud. Meanwhile Roman Reigns and the Bloodline were cruising along in their repetitive and predictable stories. Roman losing the world championship was never on the table as the long-rumored plans were for him to defend against his cousin The Rock in Los Angeles. Everything was going smoothly until Sami was incorporated into the Bloodline as an Honorary Uce. Since then, he’s been doing the best work of his career, become a national treasure, and been the lone bright spot in an otherwise uneven tenure thus far for Hunter.
With the Rumble and thus the build to the Granddaddy of them all around the corner, Hunter is now faced with a conundrum. Does he ignore Sami who’s undoubtedly become the hottest act in the company to go ahead with the preordained Rock plans or the potential plan B of a returning Cody Rhodes? Rhodes, who made his controversial return to WWE at this year’s Mania following his even more controversial exit from the company he helped found, seemed like a good backup but now any feud with Roman would have to be microwaved in about eight weeks. Complicating matters is the fact that the previous regime opted to put both titles on Roman to try and make his umpteenth Mania match with Brock Lesnar feel special. With one champion comes one title match which means Hunter can’t split the difference.
At one point it seemed like this Sami story was destined to end with Sami and Kevin Owens beating the Usos for the tag team championship. Now that doesn’t seem like enough. It feels like Sami is undeniable and he should be the one to dethrone Roman. Nobody has been this hot opposite Roman or felt this credible. WrestleMania used to be a stage where the Shawn Michaels, Steve Austins, and John Cenas of the world were made. Of late it’s become a bit of a three-ring circus, a spectacle designed to put over the WWE brand more than any one star. This is Hunter’s chance to return WrestleMania to what it was designed to be, the place where babyface stars are made. It’s more than just that though. It’s his opportunity to show that unlike his predecessor he’s willing to listen to the fans and put their wants over the company’s. If he doesn’t it’ll negate the best story his regime has told and prove that nothing has actually changed in WWE. We don’t know what he’s going to do but we’ll have better idea in just over a month when the 29th person is tossed out of the ring.