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Roman Reigns is one of the most divisive and talked about WWE performers in history. The company makes desperate play after desperate play to make him their number one star – with limited success. How do they do it? What do they do?
I’m Tom Colohue and this is the Monday Night Reigns-o-Meter.
Monday Night Reigns-o-Meter
Not long ago I came on to this soap box that I call a Reigns-o-Meter – great name by the way – to both celebrate and lament the fact that Roman Reigns was no longer the most important part of Monday Night Raw. Instead, he had only one segment. Where were the people talking about him? Where were the segments where people cut promos saying how tough he was? Where was The Shield to make him seem more important because of his cool mates?
Instead, particularly last week, Roman Reigns took up only one segment, one match against Samoa Joe, one of many big victories to add to his resume. Does that seem fair to someone with a body of work like Roman? A body of experience? A body of, well he’s got a nice body, hasn’t he?
Not so this week. This week it’s all Roman, with our future champion of our hearts being the most important piece of no less than four different segments.
The much-celebrated Shield reunion? All for Roman.
The return of the Balor Club? That was because of Roman Reigns.
Samoa Joe’s return to action in what ended up a total squash of Rhyno? Is it about Samoa Joe? Nope. It’s all about Roman.
And The Miz? Remember The Miz? His heralded return to Monday Night Raw was not in a wrestling capacity. That’s okay though; it’s The Miz, he doesn’t need to fight when he can talk. Only joking – he came back just for Roman.
But Roman wasn’t himself idle. He opened the show instead of the usual Kurt Angle drop in by walking out to self-celebrate. To be fair, he’s earned it. He won a match recently; that’s more than Curt Hawkins has managed for years. Jason Jordan managed to nerd the place up long before The Club emerged to call him a nerd. Naturally, Roman and Seth are forced to defend Jason Jordan because of how close they all are as friends.
Seriously, dump the kid. Seth can defend the titles on his own. It’s not difficult.
The Club would later main event Monday Night Raw. Yup; Jason Jordan has been more important than Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, or Finn Balor for months. But now they are equal. They are on par with Roman. They’re all heroes.
Jordan accentuates the fact that he’s the odd one out by being the only guy in a six man tag wearing any sort of color; meanwhile, the new Shield continue their slow morph into a Bon Jovi tribute band by replacing the blond guy with a bald guy.
Teamwork happens, then some less teamwork happens before everything eventually implodes into a Seth Rollins sandwich.
The Club run away, as you would expect all winners to do, while the camera focusses heavily on Roman, the hero of the story. And then there was Miz, renewing his rivalry with Roman Reigns and looking damned fine while doing it.
Also Bo Dallas was there, wearing that shirt. If you’ve seen it, you know. That shirt, man. Wow.
– Jason Jordan’s lack of style
– Some Samoe Joe Angry Words
– The Miz’ Intercontinental Vendetta
– The Balor Club
– The Miztourage
Did Roman Reigns beat the odds?
Nope, horrible day for Roman
NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S COLUMN: MONDAY NIGHT REIGNS-O-METER #46: Tracking Roman Reigns’s ability to beat the odds and come out on top