It was interesting to see WWE post a graphic and have announcer Michael Cole simply say Goldberg would now face Braun Strowman as if that was always supposed to be the match at WrestleMania 36. There was no storyline and no explanation given.
It’s even stranger to see they’ve ignored Roman Reigns in their official announcement on the website too.
After the match was made official Friday night, WWE.com wrote:
Braun Strowman will challenge Goldberg for the Universal Championship at the unprecedented, two-night edition of The Showcase of the Immortals, putting The Monster Among Men within distance of the World Title victory that has eluded him for years. The highly anticipated title bout also gives Goldberg the opportunity to score his most titanic conquest since trouncing Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016.
Instead of acknowledging that Reigns was first designated to be Goldberg’s opponent, WWE went the route of completely ignoring that it was ever in the cards. The report continued and focused solely on Strowman’s accomplishments in WWE. It reads:
Strowman has come close to the Universal Championship on several occasions, most notably a series of singles and multi-man matches back when Lesnar held the championship, a narrowly thwarted Money in the Bank cash-in and a tight loss to Seth Rollins. Since then, Strowman has rebounded to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and record a short stint with the Intercontinental Championship, but the World Title has remained beyond his reach until now.
Then, the report shifted focus to Goldberg, suggesting that he’s dominant no matter who he faces, but, again, never referencing that he was supposed to face Reigns at one point.
The dominance of Goldberg, however, has remained absolute. Ever since he was announced as the surprise challenger to then-champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, the WWE Hall of Famer has shown little signs of slowing down, plowing through the monstrous titleholder to become Universal Champion for the second time. As imposing as Strowman is, there’s no small chance he’ll simply be a bigger notch than most on Goldberg’s belt, but a notch all the same.
This is beyond strange. It’s as if WWE is trying to wipe Reigns from the WrestleMania card as if he was never there. There was no storyline, no angle explanation and no reason given for Reigns not being there.
For fans who are going to tune in and may not have gotten the word less than 24 hours before the PPV, they’ll probably hop online to see what’s what and find no trace of Reigns being involved.
This is just odd, even for WWE.