WWE Smackdown Preview (1/15) – Universal Championship Match Contract Signing – Roman Reigns and Adam Pearce – Power Behind Reigns Steps Forward?

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In what has been widely criticized by fans, including WWE Smackdown Preview, as one of the worst storylines of the young year, Adam Pearce will face Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble for the Universal Championship.

But first, we have to get through the contract signing tonight, which will be a simple affair where Reigns will browbeat and intimidate Pearce into signing the contract.

WWE Smackdown Preview thinks something will be up here.

We don’t know what, exactly, but these things tend to go horribly wrong one way or another.

Typical signing?

Usually, there’s a scrum, some pushing back and forth, and blows exchanged. Occasionally, someone goes through a table or two.

But everything points to this being a simple, straight forward affair where Reigns continues to get what he wants.

Lost in all of this is the fact that Adam Pearce is the one that could, storyline wise, suspend or fire Reigns. But why hasn’t that been broached?

It’s been long assumed that because he’s the champion that Roman Reigns runs the show, but there has to be someone that’s letting him get away with this.

So how long until we get to see Mr. McMahon, Stephanie, or whomever come out as Reigns’ behind the curtain ally?

We’re expecting something along these lines as at some point Pearce is going to stand up for himself and refuse to sign.

Sure, he’ll probably be beaten and “sign” it while unconscious, but that’ll just give him a loophole.

Maybe someone comes out and orders him to sign?

This would be typical WWE behavior in the past, but it would undermine Reigns’ power and authority he’s created since turning heel.

Business as usual

As much fun as it’d be to see someone pulling Reigns strings, we think it’s better for him to remain the power as long as he’s champion so the conjecture above was more wistful thinking that not.

Still, we never know.

More likely, someone could come out to upset the applecart and that could be Shinsuke Nakamura.

Nakamura would be rightly upset over last week’s debacle and this would further the storyline with him and Jey Uso’s match possibly meaning more than it currently does.

There’s plenty of wiggle room and we don’t see the WWE making a big deal out of this contract signing without some big angle playing a part in it.

What do you think? Will this be Reigns’ business as usual or will there be more of a twist coming? Let us know in the comments below.

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