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January 29, 2021

By Jimmy Traina Jan 29, 2021

WWE universal champion Roman Reigns appeared this week on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina and responded to the Undertaker’s recent claim that today’s superstars are “a little soft.”

“I think the product is a little soft,” the Undertaker (aka Mark Callaway) said on the Joe Rogan Podcast. “There are obviously guys here and there that have an edge to them, but there’s too much pretty [and] not enough substance I think right now.”

“In that era of guys, too, those were men,” he continued. “You go into a dressing room nowadays, and it’s a lot different.

“I remember walking into my first real dressing room, and all I saw were some crusty f—— men. Half of them had guns and knives in their bags. S— got handled back then. Now you walk in, there’s guys playing video games and f—— making sure they look pretty. It’s evolution, guess. I don’t know what it is, but I just like those eras, man. I liked when men were men.”

Earlier this week on After The Bell With Corey Graves, Bill Goldberg backed up the Undertaker’s stance. When asked on the SI Media Podcast what he thought about the older wrestlers’ trash talk, Reigns didn’t hold back.

“We do the same job,” said Reigns. “It’s not like the bumps got any worse or any better.”

It’s strange. I really feel like he misspoke. Because Mark is a really good guy. He’s very knowledgable. Obviously, he has a ton of respect for the business. Goldberg is just Goldberg. Who cares? But he’s talking about guns and knives in the locker room. Come on. You guys travel just like we did. Did you really get that stuff through security? TSA was just letting everything happen back then? Read more

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January 25, 2021

By |1.25.2021

Reigns also expressed his desire to continue working with Paul Heyman even in an off-screen capacityRoman Reigns’ spot as WWE’s top superstar was met with strong fan resistance for years, but the “Tribal Chief” is currently enjoying the best run o his career. Since making a surprise return at SummerSlam, Reigns has found new life — and critical acceptance — in portraying a heel character.

On Sunday, Reigns will continue within the run by meeting Kevin Owens in one of the featured matches on the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view card. Owens and Reigns have battled for months, with Reigns consistently getting the better of Owens both in and out of the ring. Owens has recently managed to turn the table, forcing Reigns into a Last Man Standing match at the event. Speaking with CBS Sports, Reigns explained what it is that has made his storyline with Owens so compelling.

“I think if you just looked at it on paper, he’s the exact opposite of me,” Reigns said. “We look different, we carry ourselves differently, we have different backgrounds. It’s just completely different presentations, and there’s something very interesting about polar opposites going at it and competing against each other to see who is the best. But, from the intangible standpoint, what KO brings to the table is his own way and own package — his relentlessness to be great.

“He has a passion to try to capture the next level and that, as performers, is something you have to have. The audience is looking for those stars who are trying to do that and be mega-stars and achieve the unattainable while pushing each other to the next level. We’ve beat the crap out of KO for months, and he gets up with a smile on his face wanting more. He’s a guy who, no matter what he’s put through, enjoys the upper echelon of the wrestling business and being able to tell very detailed, intricate and sophisticated wrestling narratives. That’s something he’s been craving his entire career. And to be able to do it in WWE after going through so much and probably having to swallow that “no pill” a lot through his career with a lot of people trying to tell him no. That’s something that he really showcases — that relentlessness to keep getting up, keep going and keep fighting.”

One of the early twists in Reigns’ new character was the addition of Paul Heyman as his advisor. Heyman had spent years at the side of Brock Lesnar, continuing his lengthy career as a figure with tremendous swagger, having built ECW into a force on his own creative genius before taking on a managerial role on-screen as well as a creative force behind the scenes in WWE.

With Reigns, Heyman’s swagger is largely gone and he is usually seen desperately looking to please Reigns and fearing the potential wrath of the universal champion. Their off-screen relationship is wildly different, and Reigns said the relationship has quickly built to the point where he can’t see a place in the future where he does not have Heyman by his side — even if they’re no longer paired on television. Read more

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January 24, 2021

St Petersburg, Florida – Tropicana Field

In-Ring Segment: Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman

Reigns says he hears Kevin Owens is going to deliver a message to him tonight. No, he’s not. We aren’t going to see Owens tonight because Reigns says so. Owens and Adam Pearce think they got one over on him but they didn’t. Reigns says “card subject to change” is for losers. Pearce claims to be hurt, every part of Reigns’s hurts. Maybe Reigns should say the same. Maybe he’s too hurt from carrying this company for years.

Pearce walks to the ring and says this is too much. Reigns calls Pearce Owens’ bitch. If Pearce is Owens; bitch, he most certainly is Reigns’ as well. Heyman snickers in the background. Pearce says he has to take the disrespect from Reigns but he damn sure doesn’t have to take it from Heyman. Reigns tells Heyman not to take that. Heyman tells Pearce that he’s from New York and he’ll beat Pearce’s ass. Heyman challenges Pearce to a match. Pearce says it’s official.

Backstage, Heyman says he knew what Reigns was thinking. That’s why he challenged Pearce. Reigns says that’s not what he wanted Heyman to do. Heyman was just supposed to eviscerate Pearce verbally. Reigns tells Heyman that he represents him so Heyman needs to be a man and face Pearce. Heyman is stunned. Reigns walks away.

Adam Pearce vs. Paul Heyman

As Pearce waits in the ring, Heyman power walks to the ring. Heyman is taping his fists. Heyman falls while entering the ring. Heyman claims a knee injury. Heyman says you know what they say, card subject to change. Roman Reigns music hits. Reigns stomps his way down the ramp. Reigns gets in the ring and Superman punches Pearce.

Adam Pearce vs. Roman Reigns

Reigns tosses Pearce out of the ring. Reigns grabs Pearce and launches him over the barricade. Reigns sends Pearce into the Thunderdome screens. Reigns takes Pearce over to the staging area. Reigns throws Pearce onto the staging. Someone attacks Reigns from behind wearing a hoodie. It’s Kevin Owens. Owens and Reigns fight down to the ring. Reigns tries a Superman punch but Owens reverses it into a Stunner. Reigns rolls out of the ring. Owens beats Reigns into the barricade. Referees and officials pull Owens off of Reigns. Owens runs back and kicks Reigns in the head. Owens drops Reigns with the Stunner. Owens lifts Reigns in the air and hits a popup powerbomb through the announce table.

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January 21, 2021

Graham GSM Matthews | January 21, 2021

There can be little doubt that WWE’s Roman Reigns is among the most compelling characters in all of wrestling right now.

His heel turn over the summer has resulted in arguably some of the best work of his career. In bringing to life his vision of what he wanted The Tribal Chief to be, he has rejuvenated Friday Night SmackDown and taken on all comers to his Universal Championship.

Reigns lives in Tampa, Florida, and he is expected to have a major role in the two-night extravaganza that will be WrestleMania 37 at the city’s Raymond James Stadium in April. Before then, though, he’ll have his hands full with Kevin Owens at the Royal Rumble on January 31 when they wage war in a Last Man Standing match.

In addition to confirming the site for this year’s installment, WWE also announced over the weekend that WrestleMania 38 will emanate from AT&T Stadium in Dallas in April 2022 as well as WrestleMania 39 taking place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles in April 2023.

Reigns is no stranger to The Show of Shows, having competed at almost every installment in the last decade since making his main roster debut. However, with the roll he’s on right now, it’s possible that we have yet to see the best of The Big Dog in WWE, specifically on a stage as grand as WrestleMania.

In an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report, Reigns took the time to talk about WrestleMania in Tampa, his heel run, how he’s reinvented himself, if he has any acting aspirations and more. Check out the complete audio of the interview on the next slide and stick around for the highlights.

Thoughts on WrestleMania Returning to Tampa This April

WrestleMania 36 was originally slated to happen in front of a sold-out crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa last April, a show that was supposed to see Reigns challenge Goldberg for the Universal Championship and likely walk out with the title once again.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic caused WWE to shift gears and hold it at an empty Performance Center instead. The Big Dog pulled out of the pay-per-view days beforehand as a safety precaution and stayed on the sidelines until making his much-anticipated return at SummerSlam in August.

It means the world to Reigns to have another opportunity to headline at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ stadium on April 10-11 this year after the unfortunate circumstances robbed him of that WrestleMania moment last year.

“One of the biggest things about WrestleMania and WWE is the relationship we have with the individual communities that we locate in,” he said. “It was really tough for us to miss it this past year in Tampa. Obviously I didn’t perform, but it takes a pretty big effect on the talent and the company when there isn’t a stadium involved packed full of fans. A week full of events and interaction with the fans, that’s what makes it so special.”

Stephanie McMahon confirmed to TMZ Sports on Tuesday that WWE plans to have fans in attendance at the event. And WrestleVotes later indicated it could be up to 25,000 people in the stadium each night.

Although this year’s WrestleMania won’t be as packed as it normally is, it will be a significantly more exciting experience for viewers than if it went down in the WWE ThunderDome. Reigns hopes that even in following all the proper protocols, The Show of Shows will still be a special occasion.

“This year, during a pandemic, it’s going to be what it is,” he said. “We definitely have to stay safe, but to be back in Tampa and to be able to get it done this year and to be able to have that opportunity to be hosted by Tampa Bay and use the Buccaneers’ stadium is really neat.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get some kind of attendance, whether it’s following the same type of protocols as the NFL or any other sports league,” he continued. “Hopefully we can get some fans in there and keep everybody very safe. That’s always the most important thing.”

What Is His Favorite WrestleMania Match to Date?

Reigns is no stranger to headlining WrestleMania, having been in the main event of The Show of Shows four straight years from 2015 to 2018. All of those marquee matches were against high-profile opponents in Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker and Triple H.

Also at the event, Reigns has dominated as one-third of The Shield and defeated Drew McIntyre after a long layoff. Of the many ‘Mania matches he’s had since in 2013, he still regards that first face-off with Lesnar from WrestleMania 31 as his favorite.

“I’d probably not want to do it again because it was brutal,” he said. “I was a much younger man back then. But that match, to me, was an instant classic unlike, really, any other sports-entertainment match.

“I think if you’re a grown man and you’re on the fence about wrestling and you’re like, ‘I don’t know, this is choreographed. This is like soap-opera stuff, right?’ I would suggest you watch that match. It just depends who’s doing it. There’s a little bit of something for everybody. I think the physicality Brock and myself brought to the stadium that night, it’s hard to match that, especially from the full-time perspective.”

Many fans would agree the match was a masterpiece and excellently executed from start to finish. The atmosphere, the electricity and the circumstances surrounding it made for the perfect storm, along with Seth Rollins’ surprise Money in the Bank cash-in at the end.

Despite Reigns’ loss, he went on to win the WWE Championship from Triple H the next year. He also became one of only two men to defeat The Undertaker on The Grandest Stage of Them All at WrestleMania 33.

There’s no telling what will be in store for the San Francisco 49ers fan when WrestleMania 37 comes around.

“That’s why they call it WrestleMania, because the biggest matches and moments happen in the biggest stadiums in front of the biggest crowds,” Reigns said. “They’re all special. Triple H, Undertaker, they’re all great. Read more

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January 21, 2021

 

Roman Reigns Always Wanted To Be Heel 1/21/2021
By Ryan Satin |FOX Sports WWE analyst

WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns has been on the run of his life since returning over the Summer as a heel (aka a bad guy, for you non-wrestling fans).

The character overhaul reinvigorated Roman’s WWE persona and validated his position at the top of the card in a new way.

For years, fans, wrestling legends, critics, even the wrestler himself felt like he’d be more compelling on-screen in a villainous role, and over the past six months we’ve learned that we were all even more right than we realized.

“The Head of the Table” character is perfect for Roman.

How did the long-awaited turn come about, though?

Reigns spoke openly with us about it this week in an interview covering how long he’s wanted to be a bad guy, why the pandemic era was the best time to take a gamble on it and how he’s changed the dynamic to his matches/in-ring storytelling in order to connect more with the viewers at home, instead of fans in an arena.

He also revealed his thoughts on when a potential WrestleMania match against his cousin The Rock makes the most sense.

RS: First I want to discuss the main thing we’re here to talk about and that is this weekend’s announcement regarding WrestleMania. 

How do you feel about WrestleMania 37 being relocated to Tampa, where last year’s show was originally scheduled to take place?

REIGNS: I just think it’s awesome. 

I think the commitment the WWE has to the communities that we pinpoint, those locations, means a lot to the economy and what we do for a city. Obviously, it was terrible being in a pandemic, going through these COVID times, but to not be able to put on a WrestleMania for Tampa was tough and to have to do it in the PC was – I wasn’t there – but it was quite different for everybody else, I know.

So, to be able to go back and bring that experience to the Tampa Bay area … I’m not exactly sure how it’s all going to go down as far as the attendance and all that. I know they’re still working that out, safety and keeping all the protocols up to par. Beyond that, obviously, is gonna be number one. It just feels good being able to go back to Tampa Bay and say we’re going to be able to do it.

RS: Totally. You mentioned the ticket availability thing and safety protocols and how they said all that will be announced in the coming weeks, but what will it mean to you and all the other performers if fans are able to come back to this show in some capacity. What will it mean to you to have all that energy back from the fans?

REIGNS: It would mean everything, to be honest.

It’s been tough. My whole career has been based off of reactions. Everything is due to interactions. That’s kinda always been my measuring stick.

Even when the fans hated me, it was still louder than everybody else. Everybody else can complain. They can bitch and complain about, “Oh, I don’t get this opportunity,” or “I should be like this,” or “I should be here,” “I should be the main event.” But, when it came down to it, my reaction was always way louder than everybody else’s.

There’s only one guy. Cena. That’s it, for obvious reasons … and he’s no longer here any more.

That’s the difference is we don’t have that. So, you have to be able to pull out different tools. You can’t be a one trick pony, and I feel like people called me that quite a bit during the first part of my career. Limited move set, what have you.

Being in this time, in these pandemic times, you gotta be able to pull out different layers to your performance, different attributes and show different tools. And that’s what I’ve done over the past six months is show a different side of me as a performer. Completely change the dynamics to my matches and the way people perceive my storytelling in-ring.

Added so much more dialogue; to now everybody cuts a promo while they’re wrestling … and they can’t! Because I’m the one that’s doing it at the top level.

So, when it gets compared to what I’m doing … I cried in the ring, for Christ’s sake! To be able to tap into these emotions and to be able to put on these type of performances, I just feel like I’m doing it at a different level and I’ve had to do that because I don’t have that security blanket of the reactions being really loud.

Hell, if I ever got to a point where it’s like, “Man, I don’t know what I want to do,” all I gotta do is sit still and look at the crowd and they’ll make some kind of noise, you know what I mean?

But, I don’t have that vehicle there any more. So, you have to really be smart about how you put on your performance nowadays.

RS: Without fans there, I feel like you guys have all had to really rethink the craft as a whole in general for all those reasons. You’re not making a person in the crowd pop anymore, instead you’re doing stuff that’s more focused on the TV viewer.

When you were away for a little while, did you kind of reconstruct how you were going to think when you returned to the ring and how you’d do things differently? Because, like you said, everything about you has been just a totally different character. 

You changed everything. The nickname, you’ve added more moves, you talk in the ring loudly now. Like you said, you cried once. Was this something that subconsciously you thought about while you were away to figure out how you were going to apply it to wrestling once you came back?

REIGNS: Yeah, I watched a couple of the shows. I did not follow it thoroughly. I tried to use as much of the time to be with my family and just really focus in and be present here at home, but on a few of the shows that I saw, I was just like, “Man, this is trash.” Like, you know what I mean?

And that’s me, from the very top, thinking this because I always want to be way better than everybody else. This is no disrespect to what they were doing. They were busting their ass working really hard.

But, for me, I was like, “Man, I just know when it’s time to pull my trigger, I know exactly what I want to do. I know exactly the kind of stories I want to tell and the different tools I want to utilize in order to connect with our crowd, our audience that’s watching at home.”

But, I knew it was all based off of emotion. I knew I had to be emotionally connected to what I was doing to be able to wear the skin of the character that I’m trying to convey to our audience. So, that was the most important thing is that I could completely focus in and concentrate 100% on what I was trying to do and the emotions that I was trying to convey throughout my narratives.

RS: This weekend WWE also confirmed WrestleMania 38 will take place in Dallas, Texas and WrestleMania 39 will happen at SoFi Stadium in L.A., instead of 37 as planned. 

One match that people want to see at one of those three WrestleManias is you versus the Rock. What do you think about all the chatter over that possible match and fans talking about how badly they want to see it happen?

REIGNS: I think it’s great. I think any time our fans are buzzing on a matchup, or buzzing on an event, I think that’s important. That’s what it’s all about is that water cooler talk, that fantasy warfare. Creating that escapism for our audience to discuss and debate and criticize and bring positive energy towards.

So, I would definitely think this one would be the one to wait for – and they might have to wait for it. Especially due to the lineup that you just spoke about.

This year, obviously we’re in Tampa. Next year, we’ll be in Dallas, and then we’ll go to Hollywood for [WrestleMania] 39, and I think it just makes sense. He’s the biggest movie star in the world. He’s the biggest box office attraction for the big screen out there.

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January 16, 2021

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced upcoming host cities for its annual pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania, from 2021-23.

  • Tampa Bay: WrestleMania 37 presented by SNICKERS, Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium.
  • Arlington/Dallas: WrestleMania 38, Sunday, April 3, 2022 at AT&T Stadium.
  • Inglewood/Los Angeles: WrestleMania 39, Sunday, April 2, 2023 at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park.

Click here to watch the official announcement made by John Cena®, Roman Reigns® with Paul Heyman®, Sasha Banks®, Stephanie McMahon® and Paul “Triple H®” Levesque.

“Florida is excited to welcome back WrestleMania to Tampa in April at Raymond James Stadium. Florida has continued to work with professional sports and entertainment to safely operate while generating revenue and protecting jobs. WrestleMania will bring tens of millions of dollars to the Tampa area and we look forward to hosting more sporting and entertainment events in Florida this year,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

“The opportunity for Tampa Bay to host WrestleMania in April is, in true WWE fashion, the perfect comeback story and marks a clear indication that our beautiful city is poised to bounce back stronger than ever. We can’t wait to once again showcase all that team Tampa Bay has to offer,” added Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.

“We are elated for WrestleMania’s return to Arlington’s AT&T Stadium and look forward to building upon the success from 2016 when more than 101,000 fans were in attendance for WrestleMania 32,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams.

“The City of Inglewood looks forward to the opportunity to host WrestleMania in 2023 and celebrates the deferral of this year’s event to Tampa Bay so they can have their rightful WrestleMania moment. Our time will come,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr.

“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we thank Governor DeSantis, Mayor Castor, Mayor Williams and Mayor Butts for their graciousness and flexibility in what was a collaborative effort to bring the next three WrestleManias to these iconic stadiums in their world-class cities,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO.

In coordination with local partners and government officials, WWE will announce ticket availability and safety protocols for WrestleMania 37 in the coming weeks. Information on additional WrestleMania Week events is forthcoming. Read more

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January 16, 2021

St Petersburg, Florida – Tropicana Field

Paul Heyman is backstage with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, who is going over the contract for the Royal Rumble match with Adam Pearce. Heyman didn’t like the contract when he saw it, but thinks the match needs a stipulation, one where Reigns can be Reigns and teach Pearce about fear and respect. Heyman offers to take the contract to Pearce for some adjustment. Reigns hands it over to Heyman and Heyman says Reigns can consider this handled. Heyman walks off and thanks Reigns.

We see Sonya Deville backstage talking to Adam Pearce. Deville wants to talk strategy for Pearce again but Paul Heyman walks in. He shakes hands with Deville. Heyman hands Pearce the contract for the Universal Title match at the Royal Rumble. Heyman says Pearce has the opportunity of a lifetime in his hands. He goes on with his sales pitch and reveals that the new contract will make Pearce vs. Roman Reigns a No DQ match. Heyman interrupts his own promo to tell Deville how good her perfume is working, creeping Deville and Pearce out. Pearce is annoyed by Heyman and his pitch. He ends up signing the contract and saying this will mean that he gets injured, which is what Heyman and Reigns want to see. He hands the contract back to Heyman after signing it

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January 08, 2021

St Petersburg, Florida – Tropicana Field

WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Jey Uso and Paul Heyman come out. Reigns stops on the ramp and raises the title as the pyro goes off. Greg Hamilton does the introductions as they march to the ring while fans boo.

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Cole and Graves hype tonight’s Gauntlet Match to determine Reigns’ Royal Rumble opponent with Sami Zayn, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, King Baron Corbin, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Reigns takes his time entering the ring and stops in the middle as more pyro goes off. A big “you suck!” chant breaks out before Heyman can speak. He hands the mic to Reigns and the boos continue. Reigns says there’s been a lot of talk about what they did to Kevin Owens last week. Reigns says Owens is a pain in his ass but he likes Owens. He respects someone as ambitious as Owens, one who keeps getting up no matter how often he gets knocked down. He says Owens is like a cockroach. Reigns never wanted anything bad to happen to Owens.

Reigns goes on and says he cares about everyone in the back, cares about their families, and this is why he does what he does. He’s putting food on everyone’s tables. But now Owens doesn’t have that opportunity, he can’t come to work anymore. Reigns says people are trying to blame him but it’s not his fault. Reigns says if you want to blame someone, point the finger in the direction of WWE official Adam Pearce. Fans boo again. Reigns tells Pearce to bring his ass out here. Heyman yells at the ring announcer to get Pearce out here. Pearce finally comes marching down the ramp and into the ring.

Pearce asks Reigns what can he do for him. Reigns tells Pearce to watch this nice clip they had done. A video package plays and shows highlights from two weeks ago, when Reigns retained over Owens in the Steel Cage. We also see how Owens talked Pearce into the match with Uso last week, how Owens defeated Uso, then the post-match attack on Uso that led to Reigns and Uso destroying Owens, ending the show by tossing him off the platform through the table. We come back and Uso is staring Pearce down. Pearce asks Reigns what he wants him to say. Reigns wants Pearce to be a man. Reigns goes on about the feud being done, and them moving on, but Owens went to his friend for another match. Reigns accuses Pearce of not making the right decision for the well-being of his friend. Reigns goes on and he’s not happy about tonight’s Gauntlet to determine his Royal Rumble challenger. Pearce says he’s just trying to put the best challengers in front of Reigns. Read more

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January 02, 2021

St Petersburg, Florida – Tropicana Field

Out first comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. They stop on the stage and the pyro goes off as Reigns raises the title. Greg Hamilton does the introductions and they march to the ring. Reigns takes the mic and as the face of WWE, he wishes everyone a Happy New Year. Reigns says 2020 has been rough but when you’re the head of the table, the Tribal Chief, you make it work. Fans boo him some more. Reigns says everything he touches turns to greatness, just look at who he surrounds himself with.

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He mentions saving Heyman after he was just tossed out. He goes on praising Heyman as the most genuine, honest man he’s ever done business with. Heyman bows and fans boo some more. Reigns says his cousin Jey is a prime example of what he can do. He said just listen to him and what’s happened? It’s been the best yer of Jey’s career. Reigns goes on praising Jey and the success he’s had, all because he acknowledged Reigns as his Tribal Chief. Reigns turns to Jey and says he did this because he knows who Jey is, he’s understood since day one. Everyone else was wondering which Uso he was, but Reigns says he’s always known Jey as Main Event Uso. Reigns says he would never have put all this on Jey but he knew he would knock it out of the park each time, and that’s why Reigns loves Jey.

Reigns goes on talking to Jey but the music interrupts and out comes Kevin Owens. Reigns yells for the music to be cut and says no one wants to hear it. He yells at Owens about how no one wants to see him, he’s irrelevant now and it’s embarrassing to see him. Owens was a social media sweetheart for a few weeks but that’s done now. Reigns continues with the insults and says he gave Owens’ family a good payday, so he hopes Owens gave them a good Christmas. Reigns says tonight is all about he and his family. Now is Jey’s time so Owens should quit being selfish. Owens says it is embarrassing to Reigns to see him out here because this all means Reigns and his family failed. They tried to take Owens out but here he is. He goes on about what it took for Reigns and Uso to guarantee Reigns kept the title. Owens keeps talking trash and says The Big Dog is gone and he’s been replaced by a giant b—h. Fans pop. Owens says Reigns is right, it’s not about a fight between them tonight, and it is about cousin Jey tonight, that’s fine, because he’s here to fight, not Reigns, but Jey. Owens says Uso will pay tonight for what his cousin has done. Owens says he’s going to the back and he doesn’t care who he has to talk to, he’s telling them, not asking, that he will fight Jey tonight. Owens says when he’s done with Jey, Reigns’ family will have nothing to celebrate. Owens drops the mic and heads to the back as his music starts up. Reigns, Uso and Heyman look on. Read more

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December 25, 2020

St Petersburg, Florida – Tropicana Field

Steel Cage Match for the WWE Universal Title: Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns

We go right to the cage for tonight’s opener. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is out first with Paul Heyman. They stop on the stage and the pyro explodes as Reigns raises the title. The arena is decorated for Christmas. Greg Hamilton does the introductions as The Tribal Chief marches to the cage. Reigns stops at ringside and checks the cage out before entering. Reigns raises the title in the cage and more pyro goes off. Out next comes Kevin Owens, who is all business and ready to fight. This is a rematch from Owens’ loss at TLC last Sunday.

Owens walks right in and the referee locks the door. The bell hits and they immediately go at it. Reigns gets the upperhand early on, beating Reigns around and into the corner. Reigns levels Owens with a big boot for a quick 1 count. Reigns launches Owens face-first into the steel wall of the cage, and again. Reigns with a Samoan Drop for a close 2 count.

Owens dodges a Superman Punch and drops Reigns with a DDT. Reigns unloads with right hands and then sends him face-first into the steel. Owens kicks Reigns in the head. Reigns with a big right hand of his own. Owens drops Reigns with a punch and then hits the senton. Owens unloads and beats Reigns down in the corner with kicks and punches. Owens charges in with the corner cannonball for a close 2 count as Heyman looks a bit worried at ringside.

Owens goes for a Pop-Up Powerbomb but Reigns turns it into a big leg drop for 2. Reigns unloads with headbutts and more strikes in the corner. Reigns takes Owens to the top and climbs up. Owens elbows Reigns to the mat. Owens hits the big Frogsplash but Reigns kicks out at 2. We go to commercial with both competitors down on the mat trying to recover. Read more

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