It's all but official now that "The Monster Among Men" and the WWE Universal Champion will do battle at WrestleMania 36 next weekend, as an angle was reportedly shot at the WrestleMania taping at the WWE Performance Center on Thursday night to add to tonight's already taped episode of Friday Night SmackDown.
Following the news that Roman Reigns has pulled out of his advertised match against Goldberg for the WWE Universal Title at WrestleMania 36, rumors began making the rounds -- including here at eWrestling -- that claimed Braun Strowman would be replacing Roman Reigns in the Goldberg match on short-notice, stepping in to challenge the WWE Hall Of Fame legend for the WWE Universal Title on "The Grandest Stage of Them All."
Now, it's all but confirmed that Strowman will indeed fill-in for Reigns against Goldberg at this year's two-night PPV event scheduled for April 4th and April 5th.
According to both Wrestling Observer Radio at F4WOnline.com, as well as a second report from PWInsider.com, Goldberg’s new opponent for WrestleMania 36 is indeed Braun Strowman.
Reigns, as reported, is out of the event after he made the call himself to not wrestle due to being immuno-compromised. On the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio it was noted that "The Big Dog" was actually in Florida at the Performance Center and his decision to pull himself out of the match had to do with The Miz reportedly being sick.
Additionally, it was mentioned that there should be an angle shot tonight on Friday Night SmackDown to explain why "The Monster Among Men" is now in the WWE Universal Title match against Goldberg, and why Reigns is now out.
Despite the fact that tonight's episode of Friday Night SmackDown was already taped before this change took place on Thursday night, once Reigns' absence was confirmed, something was no doubt shot at the second night of WrestleMania 36 tapings last night.
For those who missed the initial report regarding Roman Reigns shockingly informing WWE that he is refusing to work WrestleMania 36 after working recent empty arena Friday Night SmackDown shows, click here to read the original article here at eWrestling.com!
We will keep you posted as updates continue to surface regarding WWE Superstars pulling out of WrestleMania 36, how WWE plans to handle the changes to matches advertised for the show and more right here at eWrestling.com! Another great way to keep up with late-breaking news, rumors and spoiler updates is to follow us on Twitter @MattBoone1984!
- WRESTLEMANIA 36 SPOILERS: EVERY MATCH For 2-Night WWE PPV Has Been Taped Following Filming On Thursday ...
UPDATE: Segment filmed at #WrestleMania shoot on Thursday evening at the #WWE PC to add to already taped episode of #SmackDownOnFox for tonight~!
ALSO -- Confirmed #SPOILER on MAJOR change to MAIN EVENT MATCH at #WrestleMania36 ... (#SpoilerAlert)
LINK: https://t.co/0PJE2bhjXS pic.twitter.com/noEvjhqHKR
— Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984) March 27, 2020
WWE & AEW NEWS HEADLINES* Paul Heyman Makes Big Claim In Statement Responding To ESPN Reporter About WrestleMania
* Vince McMahon "Freaks Out Badly" Over "Top Secret Meeting" With Big Name Leaking Online
* Triple H Takes Shot At Boxing Star Deontay Wilder In WrestleMania Comment During ESPN Special
* Plans For Bad-Ass Becky Lynch "The Man" Ring Entrance At WrestleMania 36 Scrapped
* Backstage News On Working Relationship Between WWE & IMPACT Wrestling
* Very, VERY Interesting News Regarding WWE's Plans For WrestleMania 36 Fallout On RAW
* WrestleMania 36 Spoilers: Actual Script For 2-Night WWE PPV Leaks Online (PHOTOS)
* WWE Changes Plans For Paige's Return Segment On SmackDown At Last Minute
* WATCH: WWE Stars Stop Wrestling, Talk Casually When Empty Arena TV Goes To Break (VIDEO)
* Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, Becky Lynch Sing On Carpool Karaoke (Full Episode Video)
* Braun Strowman Finds Himself Subject Of Controversy After Insensitive Twitter Comments Go Viral
* WWE Sends Internal Memo Banning Specific Words & Phrases During WrestleMania 36 Build-Up On TV
* LOOK: Ricochet Debuts Completely New Clean-Shaven Look, Gets Rid Of All Facial Hair (Photos)
* WATCH: Dark Side Of The Ring: Chris Benoit -- Full Episode (VIDEO)
* Backstage Update On Conflicting Reports On Alberto Del Rio Negotiating Return To WWE
* Daniel Bryan Leaving WWE After WrestleMania 36, Only Returning As Part-Time Wrestler
* Backstage Update On Rumors Of WWE Attempting To Put Together CM Punk vs. Seth Rollins For WrestleMania 36
* WWE Pushes Back Plans For Special D-Generation X Return
eWRESTLING SOCIAL MEDIA* For late-breaking WWE & AEW news & rumors, follow our social media reporter on Twitter @MattBoone1984
* Follow the official eWrestling account on Twitter @eWrestlingCOM
* Follow the official eWrestling Facebook page at Facebook.com/eWrestlingCOM
* Chat with other fans about this article in the official eWrestling Disqus feed below, or at Disqus.com/home/forums/http-ewrestling-com