Possible spoiler: What was originally the plan for Roman Reigns vs. Sami Zayn at Elimination Chamber
In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com reported that the original plan for Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn at the 2023 WWE Elimination Chamber PLE was for Reigns to retain the unified WWE Universal title. According to Meltzer, the idea was for Jey Uso to turn against Zayn which would set up The Usos vs. Zayn and Kevin Owens for Wrestlemania 39. It was said that both Usos can now legally enter Canada despite the angle where they were told to stay home.
However, Meltzer noted that “a lot has changed since that time” with Zayn becoming “major TV ratings mover” in recent months. It’s believed that Zayn beating Reigns would be a “late deviation of the script” and Meltzer wrote the following about the situation…
“It’s tricky for a lot of reasons, because Zayn does not fit into the mentality of what a mainstream ratings mover looks like, nor has his booking been what traditionally leads to it. It just happened, and it not handled right, it could end. Maybe it would have ended with a win as well, because the chase is over and maybe it was the build to the angle and chase that were the draws. Either way, this is the first booking decision in a long time that can actually make a difference to full show ratings.”
Heading into the Chamber PLE, Reigns is a heavy betting odds favorite at -2000.