Randy Orton just might get his wish.
According to the latest Wrestling Observer Radio (subscription required but recommended), WWE isn’t planning on closing out WrestleMania 33 with what many believe will be a short match between Goldberg & Brock Lesnar. That honor is currently set to go to Undertaker & Roman Reigns.
Here’s what Dave Meltzer had to say:
Undertaker and Roman Reigns is the probable main event, so that's the deal there. ... It's the probable main event. I did the thing, it was funny because I did the thing trying to find out like what would have the most interest and it was Undertaker and Roman Reigns, and then I found out that they did something similar and that was their conclusion too. So it's Undertaker and Roman Reigns. The number two match is definitely Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar but I don't know if it's going to be second from the top. How they're going to order it, I have no idea how it's going to be ordered other than Undertaker and Roman Reigns is the very probable if not for sure main event. I don't want to say for sure because it's WWE and they change shit so often.
It’s a report that will likely inspire a couple of reactions. One, it reinforces the notion this actually could be Taker’s last match. Win or lose, the Dead Man deserves to be the last thing we see if this is going to be his final match at a show he’s been synonymous with for the last quarter century.
Two, even while it will rile up his detractors, it confirms that nobody moves the needle like Roman.
Of course, as we saw yesterday when WWE moved the previously announced for the pre-show SmackDown Women’s title match back onto the main card, plans change, and even at this late date, Vince McMahon’s script for Sunday, April 2 is not set in stone. It’s interesting that both the change in Alexa Bliss’ title defense and the reason Meltzer gives for Reigns/Taker getting the main event slot show that, for all our cynical jokes, WWE is trying to listen to the fans.
What do you make of this report, Cagesiders? Will the Battle of the Yard close The Ultimate Thrill Ride? And what does that mean for the futures of the Phenom and the Big Dog?