5 singles opponents that Roman Reigns has never faced in WWE
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is arguably the most prominent superstar competing today. The Tribal Chief dominated Friday Night SmackDown since his return in August 2020.
The Head of The Table has remained undefeated in singles competition since 2019 and has held the Universal Championship for over 365 consecutive days. During this time, Reigns defeated the likes of John Cena, Edge, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Finn Balor, and Kevin Owens.
Reigns are currently scheduled to defend the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar at WWE Crown Jewel later this month. However, the Universal Champion is rapidly running out of potential opponents to face on Friday nights.
With the WWE Draft on the horizon, perhaps the annual roster shake-up could provide The Big Dog with several opponents that he has never faced off against before in singles competition.
Let’s take a closer look at five singles opponents that Roman Reigns has never faced in WWE.
#5 WWE United States Champion Damian Priest
Damian Priest has achieved significant success since his main roster debut. Since making his debut at the Royal Rumble in January, The Archer of Infamy has featured on RAW.
Priest teamed up with rapper Bad Bunny for an impressive tag team victory over The Miz and John Morrison at WrestleMania 37. After defeating Sheamus for the United States Championship at SummerSlam, he won his first title on the main roster.
However, The Archer of Infamy has never faced off against Roman Reigns in a singles competition before.
Perhaps the upcoming WWE Draft could open the possibility for the Universal Champion and the United States Champion to square off for the first time in WWE.
#4 Former WWE NXT Champion Keith Lee
Former WWE NXT Champion Keith Lee has had an interesting 2021 so far. Lee began the year by feuding with then-WWE Champion Drew McIntyre on RAW. McIntyre defeated Lee to retain the WWE Championship on “Legends Night” in January.
However, after scans revealed a potentially severe heart inflammation, Lee spent close to six months on the sidelines. The Limitless One was finally cleared for action and returned to the ring on RAW in July.
The former NXT North American Champion primarily competed in dark matches ahead of RAW and SmackDown. But he returned to RAW this past Monday under the name Keith “Bearcat” Lee.
Keith Lee and Roman Reigns have never faced off before in a one-on-one match. However, they did have an incredible ending to a Survivor Series tag team elimination match in 2019. The Big Dog and Bearcat were the final two competitors representing SmackDown and NXT, respectively.
Since then, fans have been desperate to see Keith Lee and Roman Reigns face each other one-on-one.
#3 WWE RAW Tag Team Champion Riddle
— matthew riddle (@SuperKingofBros) September 30, 2021
RAW Tag Team Champion Riddle has quickly become one of the most popular characters on the red brand.
Since WrestleMania 37, Riddle has formed an unlikely alliance with former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. Known as RK-Bro, Orton and Riddle have shown tremendous chemistry, despite their polar opposite personalities.
The duo quickly found success as a tag team, defeating AJ Styles and Omos at SummerSlam to become RAW Tag Team Champions. However, Riddle is known primarily as a singles competitor. The Original Bro has never shared the ring with The Tribal Chief in a one-on-one match.
Perhaps the upcoming WWE Draft could see Riddle or Reigns switch brands, making The Big Dog and The Bodacious Bro squaring come to reality.
#2 Former WWE NXT Champion Karrion Kross
Another former WWE NXT Champion, Karrion Kross, has experienced a varied experience on the WWE main roster. He debuted with a different look, including a new ring attire and mask.
After remaining undefeated for over twelve months on WWE’s developmental brand, Karrion Kross lost his debut match on RAW against Jeff Hardy in under two minutes.
Since then, Kross has started to pick up victories on the red brand. In recent weeks he has defeated Jeff Hardy, Keith Lee, and Jaxson Ryker.
There is no doubt about Kross’ potential to be a major star in WWE. However, members of the WWE Universe are skeptical about his current direction on RAW.
Nevertheless, many WWE fans have long spoken of a desire to see Kross against Roman Reigns as the duo has never met each other. Perhaps the WWE Draft will see the much-awaited match for the first time in WWE.
#1 Former World Champion Jeff Hardy
— Pro Wrestling Finesse (@ProWFinesse) September 27, 2021
WWE Universe adores Jeff Hardy. A multi-time World Champion, there isn’t much that The Charismatic Enigma hasn’t achieved during his legendary career.
The future Hall of Famer hinted that his current WWE contract could be his final deal before retiring from professional wrestling. Therefore, there are several opponents that Hardy would like to face before he hangs up his boots.
Meanwhile, Roman Reigns has defeated an impressive array of legends during his current Universal Championship reign. But he never faced Hardy in one-on-one competition.
Perhaps the upcoming WWE Draft could see Jeff Hardy drafted into SmackDown, leading him to one final run at the Universal Championship of Roman Reigns.