After the Match, the chairman of the board announced Reigns would be one of the 30 participants in the Royal Rumble 2016, and the title would be on the line.
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WWE tweeted out the news once Raw went off the air:
.@WWERomanReigns will defend his @WWE World Heavyweight Championship...in the #RoyalRumble MATCH! #RAW #WWETitle pic.twitter.com/p6TRvAhnWH— WWE (@WWE) January 5, 2016
Ric Flair went on to win the championship after eliminating Sid Justice.
This time Roman Reigns will be defending his championship in the prestigious match, there are a lot of things to like about this scenario. First of all, it will be adding unpredictability to who else will be entering the Rumble Match. There's much to wonder as to who else will enter. Someone like Brock Lesnar, for example, would surely have to be in the conversation.
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However, this also puts an interesting twist on the Road to WrestleMania picture. The winner of the Royal Rumble usually gets a title opportunity at WrestleMania. But since this is to determine the champion, the Road to Dallas may go through Fastlane.
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This is going to be an interesting next couple of months in the WWE.