Roman Reigns set to defend his title at Money in the Bank and SummerSlam

After taking some time off following his WrestleMania 39 win, The Tribal Chief will have to fend off multiple pursuers this summer.

Roman Reigns hasn't been around all the time to defend his now-unified title belts but it appears that this is all about to change.

As Seth Rollins prepares to defend his new title belt every chance he gets, his former stablemate, Roman Reigns, will do so at the next two PLEs.

In one of the reports from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Cageside Seats) a few weeks ago, Dave Meltzer noted that The Head of the Table is "expected to defend his Undisputed WWE Universal title" at both Money in the Bank (July 1) and SummerSlam (August 5).

Reigns has held the WWE Universal Championship for over 1,000 days, the longest title reign of modern WWE. During this time, he's successfully fended off 28 attempts at his spot atop the totem pole, the most recent victim being Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 39

The new design for Reigns' title belt marks his 1,000th day as the WWE Universal Champion.

Triple H, in his introduction of the World Heavyweight Championship belt, apparently took jabs at the "part-time" nature of Reigns' championship run. Rollins also took a swipe at Reigns for taking away so many opportunities from wrestlers by not being available to defend his championships all the time. Now, as if in response to those criticisms, Reigns is taking on challengers at successive PLEs this summer.

Of course, as plans change in the WWE all the time, Triple H could throw us a curveball and change things mid-way.

But, for now, it's safe to assume that someone within the Friday Night SmackDown roster will come out to challenge Roman Reigns. We're sure this isn't Cody Rhodes because his arm is still messed up after Brock Lesnar put him in successive Kimura Locks and made him pass out at Night of Champions. The two are still scheduled to duke it out at least once more at either of the upcoming events but the common theory is that it will happen at SummerSlam.

This leaves the door open for Cody Rhodes to book his second shot at Roman Reigns at a later event by winning Money in the Bank, but somehow that just doesn't feel right.

Roman Reigns wants the entire universe to acknowledge him as the best in the business.

If you ask WRKD wrestling, a civil war between Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa against The Usos is on the cards for July 1 in the O2 Arena. This would, in turn, give Roman a chance to defend his title at SummerSlam while "closing out" the ongoing strife within The Bloodline. Although it must be disappointing that Reigns isn't scheduled to defend the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship in London in the first PLE following its new debut, fans in London can at least play witness to the next act in The Bloodline storyline.

Who knows? Maybe this theoretical tag team match between The Usos and the team of Solo Sikoa and Roman Reigns will set up Jimmy's full defection from the group to challenge The Tribal Chief years after Jey failed to do so.

Of course, at the time of writing, it's still unclear if Roman Reigns will be defending his title belts at Money in the Bank and SummerSlam.

The only thing that's guaranteed is Reigns will be in London in some capacity.

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