Orlando, Florida – Amway Center
– We go right to the ring and the music hits as new WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way out with Paul Heyman right behind him. The boos get louder as Reigns stands on the stage. He raises the title in the air and stares straight ahead. Reigns looks around some before the pyro explodes on the stage. Heyman is all business as they march to the ring while Greg Hamilton does the introductions.
Reigns hits the ring and stands in the middle. He raises the title again as more fireworks explode behind him. Heyman takes the mic and says just when we thought Heyman was out, Reigns pulled him back in. Heyman tells fans not to make a fool out of themselves for corrupting Reigns because he can assure us that it’s Reigns corrupting him. Why would this happen? Because Heyman was gone. Tossed aside, thrown into the shark-infested ocean of obscurity, only to be rescued, saved and pulled onto The Island of Relevancy, by this man. Because they did the same damn thing to Reigns that they did to Heyman.
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Heyman asks what happened to the thank yous and the appreciation, through all the executive decisions to life threatening illnesses, Reigns delivered, and over-delivered. Nobody offered to say thank you or offer genuine appreciation, Heyman says. He says Reigns’ “little bit of time off” was questioned, and what did they do with his title? Heyman goes on about how a “monster” or a “fiend” aren’t meant to be champions. He says Roman’s reign as your champion has only been defined by what WWE purports itself to be built on – family, tradition, legacy, the responsibility of being a champion and the accountability of owning one’s action as your champion. And that is who Heyman says this champion is. He brings up how RAW had a Triple Threat to determine the Clash of Champions opponent for WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. Heyman points at Reigns and says this champion will be bigger, badder, more sensational and more spectacular, than everyone else that has come before him. While they have the Triple Threat on RAW, we will have a Fatal 4 Way on SmackDown tonight. The winner will become the sacrificial lamb of The Big Dog at Clash of Champions. Heyman says the names of the 4 competitors don’t deserve to come out of his mouth of Reigns’ mouth, so he will leave it to Anderson Cooper (Cole) and Carmella’s latest boyfriend (Graves). Heyman goes on and says he serves a special counsel to the tribal chief – your reigning, defending, undisputed, Universal Heavyweight Champion of Reigns.
Reigns takes the mic and says he’s a man of his word. He did exactly what he said he would do at Payback – sign the contract, wreck The Fiend, wreck The Monster, and then he left… as the Universal Champion. Reigns says at Clash of Champions he doesn’t care who he faces, line them up and feed them all to him, because this is his island and when you have this kind of power, all you gotta do is show up and win. Believe that. Reigns stares ahead and drops the mic as his music starts back up.
Back from the break and we get videos on WWE’s 2020 campaign for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Roman Reigns is walking backstage with Paul Heyman. They walk up on Jey Uso and Reigns greets him. Jey mentions trying to get in touch with Reigns all week. Heyman looks at Jey like he doesn’t want Reigns talking to him. Heyman walks off. Jey asks what’s up with Heyman and Reigns, especially with what’s happened in the past with Brock Lesnar. Reigns tries to calm him down, saying everything is straight up, let him handle it. Jey tells Reigns that if he needs someone to watch his back, he is here. Reigns says he’s got it but if Jey needs him, just holler. Reigns walks off and Jey jokes about grabbing a steak together after the show.
Jey Uso walks in on Roman Reigns, thanking him for getting him in the main event. He owes him big time. Reigns says it’s time they showed Jey some respect. Jey says he’s about to go get it and then he and Reigns can turn up at Clash of Champions. Reigns says he knows Jimmy Uso would win it, so let’s see if Jey can go win one by himself. Jey laughs a bit and Reigns wishes him good luck. He walks off.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Jey Uso
– After the match, Cole confirms the cousin vs. cousin match for WWE Clash of Champions, Jey Uso vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. We go to replays as Uso’s music hits. Kayla is in the ring now, asking Jey how important this victory is for him. Jey looks into the camera and tells The Big Dog that he, Jey, has made the family happy too. Jey tells Roman that it’s lockdown, welcome… (to the Uso Penitentiary) but he doesn’t say the line, he just says, ‘You know the rest.’ Jey continues his celebration as we go to replays from the match. Jey celebrates and talks to the camera, saying this win is for his brother Jimmy Uso, who is at home injured. SmackDown on FOX goes off the air with Jey celebrating