WWE Prop Bet: Can Anyone Dethrone Roman Reigns in 2021?

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For the last calendar year, Roman Reigns has been the most compelling superstar for the WWE in the ring and on the mic.

His feuds not only featured entertaining storylines, but they also delivered on in-ring action, entertained with in-ring stories, and elevating all parties involved. These are the signs of a true champion and a top superstar.

With that in mind, WWE betting sites have released an interesting prop bet about whether or not Roman’s reign as the Universal Champion will come to an end this year or if he can remain champ for the rest of 2021.

Let’s walk that aisle, step through those ring ropes, and deliver a five star match as we predict whether or not anyone can dethrone Roman Reigns as the Universal Champion over the next five months.

WWE Betting Odds

The following WWE betting odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

  • Roman Reigns (-250)
  • Big E (+250)
  • John Cena (+500)
  • Seth Rollins (+500)
  • Edge (+750)
  • Kevin Owens (+1400)
  • Cesaro (+1600)
  • Daniel Bryan (+1600)
  • Jey Uso (+1600)
  • Karrion Kross (+1600)
  • Shinsuke Nakamura (+1600)
  • Apollo Crews (+2000)
  • The Rock (+2000)
  • Sami Zayn (+4000)

Roman Reigns (-250)

Roman Reigns is a two time Universal Champion and has held the title since August 30th, 2020, when he defeated Braun Strowman and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a triple threat No Holds Barred match.

Currently, Reigns has the second lost reign as Universal Champion with over 320 days and counting. The longest tenure came in 2017-2018 when Brock Lesnar held the belt for over 500 days.

Ironically, it was Reigns who ended that streak at the 2018 Summer Slam PPV when he beat Lesnar. Roman would hold the title for two months before having to vacate it after he announced that his leukemia had returned.

Reigns never lost the belt and is poised to challenge Lesnar’s 500+ day reign with this current run as the Universal Champion.

Since turning heel and aligning himself with Paul Heyman, Roman Reigns has become the superstar that the WWE has desperately needed, that the critics can’t truly complain about, and that the WWE fans have been clamoring for.

Big E (+250)

When the WWE finally split up The New Day, it was widely accepted by fans and pundits that this move was done in order to make Big E a singles star.

The powerhouse wrestler has the charisma and the in-ring skills to become a world champion. His chances of that happening have increased after winning the MITB contract in the ladder match that took place at Money In The Bank on July 18th.

Now, Big E can cash that contract in whenever he wants which will grant him an immediate world title match. Will he take advantage of a beaten down Roman Reigns to cash it in or will he do it straight up and challenge Reigns to a match?

With that said, I don’t see Big E cashing it in anytime soon. Furthermore, I don’t believe that Big E is ready for the main event push that will come from beating Roman Reigns.

I hold firm to the belief that Big E’s time will come in 2022 where he actually wins the world title. I would avoid Big E for this prop bet. He’s far too overvalued to even risk a small wager.

John Cena (+500)

John Cena made his big return to the WWE after more than a year away from the squared circle. He showed up at the end of the MITB PPV this past Sunday and immediately crashed Roman’s party after he had just beat Edge to retain the Universal Title.

On the July 19th episode of RAW, Cena made his intentions clear that he’s gunning for Roman Reigns and that “this pathetic Roman Reigns experience has gone on long enough.”

Like The Rock, Cena has left pro wrestling to go on and have success in Hollywood. His days of being a full-time WWE wrestler are over. Yet, part time appearances like this could still be good for the WWE and whoever steps into the ring with Cena.

It was rumored for the last few months that Cena was coming back to take on Reigns. But, those rumors were always about Cena putting over Roman, not beating him.

Cena is a 16-time world champ but has never won the Universal Championship. 13 of his reigns came with the WWE championship that Bobby Lashley currently holds. The other three titles were the now defunct World Heavyweight Championship.

As much of a star as Cena is, he’s only here to build up Reigns. Although we might not be able to see Cena, we can certainly see that he’s not worth wagering on for this WWE prop bet.

Seth Rollins (+500)

Seth Rollins is a four time world champion in the WWE having won the WWE Championship twice and the Universal Championship twice.

His first Universal Championship reign came in April 2019 when Rollins beat Brock Lesnar for the title. He would then lose the belt back to Lesnar at Extreme Rules three months after Lesnar cashed in the MITB contract that he won.

Rollins would get his revenge on Lesnar in August 2019 when he defeated Brock at SummerSlam to capture the Universal Championship for a second time. That reign would last until Halloween of 2019 when Seth lost the belt to The Fiend.

Currently, Rollins is embroiled in a feud with Edge that will culminate in a wrestling match at SummerSlam in August.

Rollins came out and interfered in the Universal title match at MITB when he caused Edge to lose. This will be the catalyst for the WWE to eventually announce a SummerSlam match between the two.

At some point in 2021, Rollins will square off against Reigns as there are no other top stars on SmackDown that Reigns could feud with. This could also make for a solid main event at Survivor Series which is one of “The Big 4” PPVs.

But, not even Roman’s fellow Shield brother Seth Rollins will be able to take Reigns’ spot at the head of the table. As competitive as this storyline would be, Roman will eventually vanquish Seth Rollins as well.

Edge (+750)

Edge is an 11-time world champion in the WWE having won the World Heavyweight Championship seven times and the WWE Championship four times.

He has been involved in an on-again, off-again feud with Roman Reigns since February when he speared Reigns at the conclusion of the Elimination Chamber PPV. Edge attacked Roman to announce that he was challenging him to a title match at WrestleMania 37.

Edge earned the right to challenge Reigns by winning the 2021 Royal Rumble. That same PPV marked the one year anniversary of Edge’s return when he was a surprise entrant into the 2020 Royal Rumble and blew the roof off the place.

It was his first match in nine years as Edge was forced to retire in 2011 due to a severe neck injury.

As mentioned, Edge just competed against Reigns for the Universal Championship at MITB and lost. He also lost in a triple threat title match at WM 37 that included Daniel Bryan.

Edge will move on to feud with Rollins for the foreseeable future. Even if he circles back to Reigns later this year, “The Rated-R Superstar” will go 0-for-3 against “The Tribal Chief” in Universal Championship matches.

Kevin Owens (+1400)

Kevin Owens was the 2nd ever Universal Champion when he won the title in August 2016. It was an unexpected title run after Finn Balor had to vacate the belt due to sustaining a shoulder injury in the title match where he beat Rollins for the championship.

Owens would win the Universal belt in a fatal four-way match where he beat Big Cass, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. He would go on to hold the title for a little more than six months before losing it to Goldberg at Fastlane in March 2017.

Owens spent the end of 2020 and early 2021 feuding with Roman Reigns and his cousin Jey Uso. Unfortunately, Owens came up short in his quest to win the Universal belt despite the numerous attempts.

Even though nobody thought he would win, KO and Reigns still delivered a very entertaining feud that was the catalyst for Roman’s run making any feud a must see event on SmackDown.

Currently, Owens is back down to mid-card status and is nowhere close to sniffing another Universal Championship title match. I’m actually surprised that he’s listed with odds this high.

Cesaro (+1600)

Cesaro is one of the most talented wrestlers on the entire roster. He finally got his first real world title feud recently when he challenged Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.

Unfortunately, that feud didn’t last long. Cesaro would end up losing to Reigns at the WrestleMania Backlash PPV in May.

He would then go back to feuding with Seth Rollins again, which was the storyline that really elevated Cesaro to become a contender for the Universal Championship in the first place.

However, Rollins would beat Cesaro at the Hell in a Cell PPV in the end of June and one more time on the July 9th episode of SmackDown which pretty much ended Cesaro’s time as a Universal Championship contender.

Once again, the talented Cesaro is back down to mid-card status where he will be forgotten about by the WWE creative team as usual.

Daniel Bryan (+1600)

BetOnline should update their WWE prop bet as the wrestling world is going crazy over the recent news that Daniel Bryan has reportedly signed with AEW.

Bryan has been absent from WWE television for nearly three months as his contract expired on May 4th. Prior to the end of his contract, Bryan was trying to get the WWE to allow him the chance at wrestling in Japan.

The WWE didn’t make it happen and so Bryan is taking his talents to AEW where they will gladly allow him opportunities to wrestle internationally.

Even if Bryan had returned to the WWE, he wasn’t going to beat Roman Reigns. Bryan already lost numerous times to Reigns in title matches which firmly cemented Roman as the top star on SmackDown.

Bryan would’ve probably returned to RAW if he had re-signed with the WWE. It would’ve given him fresh feuds, while adding another star to the show that desperately needs more title contenders. It also means that Bryan wouldn’t have faced Reigns again or compete for the Universal Championship.

Sooner than later, I expect BetOnline to remove Daniel Bryan from this prop bet.

Jey Uso (+1600)

When it finally happens, a Jey Uso versus Roman Reigns feud will be huge. It will be the culmination of a long, slow burning storyline that began in the fall of 2020 and could possibly end sometime next year.

Right now, I don’t see the WWE pulling the trigger on this feud. The Usos are too important to the advancement of Roman’s storyline to have them removed from the equation at this point in time.

Jey and his brother Jimmy just captured the tag team titles from The Mysterios at the Money in the Bank PPV. It’s their 5th reign as the SmackDown tag team champs.

This victory will certainly please Reigns. It also means that the family table will have plenty of gold.

I think a next step for Jey Uso would be to have him win the Intercontinental title. It would plant the seeds for a singles run in the future while also giving the family all of the gold on SmackDown.

It would also make Jey even more credible as a singles wrestler who could possibly get revenge against Reigns next year.

Karrion Kross (+1600)

Prior to the July 19th episode of RAW, the current NXT Champion Karrion Kross could’ve been a legitimate possibility to dethrone Reigns one day.

But, after Kross lost to Jeff Hardy in under two minutes on RAW, you can forget this now. In fact, you can almost forget Karrion Kross altogether.

This had to be one of the most disgusting booking decisions ever in regards to a roster call-up. Kross is an extremely talented star who has been unbeatable since joining NXT in 2020.

Instead of carrying over that aura and invincibility where he could become a huge star on the “main roster,” the WWE has him lose to Jeff Hardy in two minutes.

This isn’t the iconic Jeff Hardy we’re talking about either. This is a Jeff Hardy who has been buried beneath the mid-card wrestlers. This is a Jeff Hardy who is directionless and being used to job out to other jobbers.

Yet, the WWE decides to now have him win a match? But, not just any match. They have him beat the NXT champ in two minutes.

This booking decision is a big reason why the WWE is suffering from horrible ratings, increased criticism from fans, and stars like Daniel Bryan heading to AEW.

You can avoid Karion Kross ever beating Roman Reigns on the main roster.

Shinsuke Nakamura (+1600)

Nakamura is another example of how an extremely talented international star and former NXT champion is poorly booked on the main roster.

In 2018, Nakamura was on his way to the top as the WWE had a chance to really cement him as a superstar after he won the Royal Rumble that year. Instead, he loses in every world title match that he participates in and eventually slides back down to mid-card status.

It’s gotten so bad for Nakamura that his highlight of 2021 was feuding with Baron Corbin for a crown.

I truly don’t understand why Nakamura remains with the WWE when they will never allow him to be the star that he really is.

There’s absolutely zero chance that Nakamura beats Roman Reigns this year for the Universal Championship. In fact, there’s zero chance that Nakamura becomes a world champion in the WWE.

Apollo Crews (+2000)

After a prolonged feud with Big E, Apollo Crews became the Intercontinental Champion at WM 37. He defeated Big E for the title in a Nigerian Drum match.

However, despite beating Big E for the IC belt, it’s actually Big E who’s closer to a world title shot than Crews.

The talented Apollo Crews has been battling other stars featured in this prop bet like Owens and Zayn for the IC belt. He’s nowhere close to challenging for the Universal Championship and his odds should actually be larger than this.

I don’t see Crews becoming a world champion in the WWE. I think his ceiling is a secondary title like Zayn, Nakamura, Cesaro and a long list of other talented wrestlers.

The Rock (+2000)

Hollywood’s top action star will be back in a WWE ring sooner than later. However, I don’t see that happening until 2022. In fact, that’s a match destined for WrestleMania and not anytime before then.

And, the goal of a Rock return will be to put Roman Reigns over. The WWE is fully committed to making Reigns this era’s top star like Cena, The Rock, and Austin were before him. Having Reigns beat stars like Bryan, Edge, Cena and The Rock will certainly accomplish this.

As great as it would be to see “The Great One” back in the ring, don’t expect any other outcome other than Reigns standing tall in the end.

Sami Zayn (+4000)

Like Nakamura, I don’t ever see Sami Zayn becoming a world champion on WWE’s main roster. The former NXT champ has also won the Intercontinental title twice, but that’s it. He hasn’t even won a tag belt or the US title.

With that said, I give Zayn a ton of credit for continuing to remain relevant no matter how many times the WWE creative brass gives him terrible storylines and no matter how many times he loses.

Nevertheless, there’s no way that Zayn beats Roman Reigns in 2021, 2022 or even 2023. And that’s definitely a conspiracy!

Will Anyone Beat Reigns in 2021?

When the WWE decided to turn Roman Reigns heel, it was the best decision that the company has made in recent years outside of signing a TV deal with FOX.

Reigns has elevated his game to become the top star in the WWE and one of the best in the industry. I don’t see anyone defeating Reigns for this title until next year either on the “Road to WrestleMania” or at WrestleMania 38.

Whoever does beat Reigns will have a rocket strapped to their back as they will be cemented as one of the top stars in the company. So, the WWE will have to really consider who’s worthy of this opportunity.

They can have a legit star like Lesnar or Rollins win just to give others a chance at the Universal Championship. I wouldn’t rule out Finn Balor getting a title run in 2022.

They also have the option to use this opportunity as a chance to build up another wrestler into a main event star like Big E.

Could you imagine how insane the WWE Universe would go if Cesaro ends up dethroning Reigns? The fans were already going crazy over the fact he even had a title shot.

Reigns losing the title could’ve also been a great chance to build up an NXT star like Kross, but the WWE has already killed his potential.

As for this WWE prop bet, there is only one true option to wager on and that’s Roman Reigns.

At -250 odds at BetOnline, there’s still value for betting on Roman considering he’s the top star in the company and in no real danger of losing the title until next year.

WWE Bet: Roman Reigns to be the Universal Champion at the end of 2021 (-250)

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