3. Finn Balor is the crowd pleasing choice
The Prince is out of his match with Walter at either NXT Takeover: Tampa or NXT UK Takeover: Dublin (or both), or at the least that showdown is postponed. Balor, especially as The Demon, makes the perfect unannounced surprise replacement, which is unfathomable for any WrestleMania world championship match except this one. I don’t think it’s THAT far fetched to see Balor fill the role, and would definitely be a fan pleaser.
Would Goldberg be willing to put him over? Money talks, and there is some mythos to The Demon character, so it could work.
2. Shinsuke Nakamura gets another big chance
Thanks to Sami Zayn walking around as Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura seemingly doesn’t have anything to do for WrestleMania–at least not in an official capacity. Goldberg does have some affinity for the Japan style of wrestling, and this would be a unique pairing that we’d never see again. The match might not be that great, but with the magic of editing it would work out in the end. Despite where he is in the card, Shinsuke is a believable Universal Champion, and a potential SummerSlam program with Roman Reigns would be one I could get into.
1. Braun Strowman replaces Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 36
Let’s be honest, “Plan B” is likely “Plan Braun.”
It’s not a very well kept secret that Braun Strowman was the back-up plan for Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34, and he was also the back-up plan for Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 35. WWE always has an emergency plan for a last minute issue, and that seems like what WrestleMania 36 is going to need.
Braun is believable, he’s over, and he’s a legitimate monster. He can have a quick brawn with Goldberg, hit him with a couple of ultra-safe powerslams, and walk out as the new Universal Champion.
One thing we do know is that it won’t be Roman Reigns. Who will it be? Sound off in the comments below!