WWE top star Roman Reigns is also not to be on the card at Money in the Bank next month – in connection with a relocation of the show.

Wrestling league WWE is planning its second major event in a row without its double champion and top star.

According to Sports Illustrated and the Wrestling Observer, WWE Universal Champion will not be on the card at Money in the Bank 2022 – the second notable omission after the injured Cody Rhodes.

WWE said to be planning Money in the Bank without Roman Reigns

WWE was originally said to have planned a title defence for the “Tribal Chief” on July 2 in Las Vegas against ex-UFC fighter Riddle, but now circumstances have changed: WWE had moved the show from Allegiant Stadium to the MGM Grand Garden a few weeks ago, from a large stadium to a small venue – apparently due to insufficient ticket demand.

For Reigns, who signed a new contract in spring with a much smaller schedule focused on top events, Money in the Bank is thus probably no longer big enough: He had already disappeared from the application for the show after the hall rochade, now WWE is said to have finally decided not to use Reigns in Vegas.

Both media report that Reigns’ match against Riddle will take place elsewhere, apparently on a TV show – so WWE will be able to generate ratings. Matches against Riddle’s partner Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre are planned for SummerSlam at the end of July and the European event Clash at the Castle in September.

A mega duel with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is being discussed for WrestleMania 39 next spring.