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After Roman Reigns‘ legendary reign of more than 1300 days came to an end at WrestleMania XL, the Tribal Chief decided to take a hiatus from pro wrestling and is yet to make an appearance in the WWE. Although Reigns’ title run failed to be the longest run in WWE history, it still garnered the honor of being the longest in the modern era. And the most memorable one for the fans.

So it is no wonder that they are awaiting the return of the Tribal Chief. Especially when his Bloodline has been stolen away from him by Solo Sikoa, Tama Tonga, and Tonga Loa. So when can we expect the return of the most dominant superstar in the modern era? Well, we finally have an update on that front.

Roman Reigns’ return timeline hinted at

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In the latest edition of the Fightful Wrestling Podcast, renowned insider Sean Ross Sapp talked about the return of the Tribal Chief. When a fan asked the journalist if he knew when the fan favorite might return, Sapp revealed that Reigns could appear after Money in the Bank and be a part of SummerSlam. He said, “When do I expect Roman Reigns to make his appearance? Probably after Money in the Bank. Probably heading to SummerSlam or something like that. But I don’t have info on that.”

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It is likely that the debuts of Jacob Fatu and Hikuleo might precede his much-awaited return, as the two are expected to be a part of The Bloodline arc. And it is possible that between the two, one might join the new Bloodline run by Sikoa, while the other joins hands with Roman Reigns and helps the original Tribal Chief take back what was once his. But while Jacob Fatu has already signed with the WWE, Hikuleo has yet to sign since he just wrapped up his stint at NJPW.

Hikuleo’s possible future in WWE

Yesterday, Bodyslam exclusively reported about Hikuleo’s departure from NJPW after Sunday’s fight in Dominion. The NJPW star lost the NJPW STRONG Open Weight Tag Team Championship to El Phantasmo. So now, he could enter the fold in WWE to presumably be a part of The Bloodline storyline. As reported by Sean Ross Sapp on Fightful Select, a source from New Japan Pro-Wrestling has confirmed that WWE has an interest in Hikuleo.

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And, indeed, they expect him to land with the company once he becomes a free agent. In theory, Hikuleo’s contract expires this June, although the exact date is not 100% confirmed. What does seem clear is that he has already had his last match as a member of the NJPW roster.

Hikuleo confirmed Fightful Select’s report that both he and Tama Tonga held talks with WWE in January 2023. However, an informal hiring freeze ensued that prevented them and many others from being hired by WWE. When it was all over, Hikuleo had reached an agreement that kept him in NJPW until the summer of 2024. So now he can finally be a part of the WWE roster. What do you think? Will Hikuleo be a part of the WWE soon? Let us know in the comments.