WWE superstar Roman Reigns revealed the potentially lifechanging stipulation on SmackDown for his Hell In A Cell I Quit Match with Jey Uso this Sunday.
The Tribal Chief had warned of high stakes for the cousin versus cousin clash this weekend, and he certainly delivered on that promise.
In the main event of segment of the evening, Roman and Paul Heyman came to the ring to address the fans.
Before they could talk though, Jey Uso appeared on camera in the Universal Champion’s special suite, before revealing that he was actually Jimmy, taking a page from the Bella’s Twin Magic playbook.
The real Jey attack Reigns from behind, grabbing a chair but being met with a boot to the face, before firing back with a superkick and top rope splash.
Jimmy joined his brother on the ramp to celebrate but the champ recovered and asked for a mic.
He revealed that if Jey loses on Sunday, he will be forced to acknowledge his position as the Tribal Chief and fall in line, or both the brothers, Naomi and their children (and children’s children) will be out of the legendary Anoa’i family.
Sometimes WWE – and any wrestling company – can overhype announcements like this, but they delivered on a genuinely big stipulation to add a massive wrinkle to Sunday’s bout.
It will be the next stage in a beautifully told story, and it seems almost certain Reigns will still retain the gold.
The stipulation could allow the Usos to accept him as the Tribal Chief and finally create the Bloodline faction fans have been clamouring for, before a face turn way down the line to revisit this feud when the time is right.
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SmackDown opened with Daniel Bryan as a guest on the KO Show, as they discussed the idea of facing each other again, while Bryan insisted he wanted the blue brand to showcase the best young talent.
Kevin Owens revealed he actually wants them to come together and challenge for the tag team titles – although his guest pointed out that he’s betrayed a lot of friends in the past.
Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode joined the trash talking, with The Street Profits and Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura also making their voices heard.
It all led to a solid eight-man tag match, which ended with Montez Ford’s Frog Splash picking up the win for his side.
Up next, Bianca Belair defeated Zelina Vega in a short but sweet match to get herself rolling on SmackDown, while Shorty G was destroyed by Lars Sullivan after calling out the Freak.
However, the best was yet to come here as Shorty has finally ditched the name and vowed to go back to being Olympian Chad Gable – it’s about damn time.
Elsewhere, Bayley ranted about her Hell In A Cell match with Sasha Banks this weekend, as the SmackDown Women’s Champion was annoyed at having to explain why she didn’t sign the contract.
The Boss came to the ring with the contract, taking out her former BFF and locking in the Bank Statement with a steel chair before forcing her to sign on the dotted line.
This was a fantastic bit of business from two stars at the top of their game, and they look poised to steal the show this weekend.
Throughout the night, were also had some Law and Otis, with the Money In The Bank contract holder being held to account over what The Miz claims is negligence of the briefcase.
With Ron Simmons as bailiff as JBL as the judge, this got off to a solid start, particularly with testimonies from Tucker, Asuka and Rey Mysterio, and Teddy Long appearing as the court reporter.
The final segment of the skit saw JBL saying Otis has done nothing wrong, but before he ruled in his favour, Miz brought out one bit of evidence – which looked to be a case of money.
JBL immediately ruled in Miz’s favour, and he’ll face Otis at Hell In A Cell on Sunday with the MITB contract on the line.
Finally, Seth Rollins revealed he’d enjoy battering Murphy before the two clashed in a fantastic match, akin to the former Disciple’s stellar 205 Live run.
In the end, the SmackDown Saviour hit the Stomp for the win, before grabbing a kendo stick as Aalyah Mysterio begged Rey and Dominik to help their foe.
They wanted to stay out of it, so she went to the ring to beg the Messiah to stop, leading to Dominik storming the ring and being taken out by Seth.
Rey came down to make the save with a chair, but the interesting note with Murphy’s expression after the save – all is not as it seems.
- The Street Profits, Kevin Owens and Daniel Bryan defeated Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura (B)
- Bianca Belair pinned Zelina Vega (B)
- Lars Sullivan destroyed Shorty G (C)
- Seth Rollins beat Murphy (A)
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