MONDAY NIGHT REIGNS-O-METER #88: Tracking Roman Reigns’s ability to beat the odds and come out on top

By Tom Colohue, PWTorch Specialist


Roman Reigns (photo credit Wade Keller © PWTorch)

Roman Reigns is one of the most dramatic, divisive, and discussed WWE performers in history. The company makes desperate play after desperate play to make him your favorite graps guy – 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.

Last week, the Roman Reigns-o-Meter was a day late because of an unfortunate issue that I had with the concept of sleep. This week, we are both a day late and precisely on time. You see, Roman Reigns is now Mr. Tuesday Night.

This also means that as of October, November, or – let’s be fair – whenever it actually gets around to happening, Roman Reigns is going to become Mr Friday Night. Basically, the Roman Reigns-o-Meter is going to be going through some drastic, monstrous, extreme changes in the near future.

I’m changing day; let’s not be dramatic. Calm down, dear reader, you’ll give yourself a heart attack.

Roman Reigns main evented both Monday night and Tuesday night this week. This is a position previously reserved only for Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in the build to the WrestleMania main event. After appearing only sporadically over the past few weeks, this was his glorious return to prominence. Back at the top. Back in the money. Back with the mixed reaction, unfortunately. But you can’t have everything, can you?

We starting in the deep, dark recesses of the final hour of Monday Night Raw. Six-man tag action. Hot crowd. A lot of people wearing black. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley – probably the least successful heel trio in wrestling history – lined up against most of The Shield. “Best in the World” Seth Rollins was joined in the surprise of the night by “Best in the World” A.J. Styles.

If you have those two men on the same show and they don’t have one match against each other, I am going to be furious.

This team, completed with the addition of “Best in the World” Roman Reigns, had everything they needed to claim victory. Never mind that “Chosen One” Roman Reigns was lining up, as at WrestleMania, against chosen one Drew McIntyre. I mean, it’s not like The Shield have repeatedly destroyed all three of these men week after week for most of the year.

Roman’s swan song spear, his spear song if you will, was landed on Bobby Lashley. Gracious as always, our hero chose not to cover his man. He wanted A.J. Styles to have something to do, after all. Let’s not bury the rookie just yet, am I right?

And that was officially it for Roman’s long-standing affiliation with Raw. No longer will the red brand be able to enjoy his lucious mane of dripping hair. No longer will there come a rousing chorus of “ooh-aah” when someone tries to take the last slice of pizza. No longer will Roman be there to lay down in an ambulance as it gets overturned by a passing Strowman. Don’t you just hate it when you’re in an ambulance and Strowman turns up to overturn it? Somebody needs to talk to that guy.

On to Smackdown, where Reigns was the latest old school legend to interupt Elias. Honestly, if you tell a crowd you’re “taking the reins” you’re asking for it really. Amateur mistake.

Eager to walk with Elias, Roman approached the ring wearing his most endearing smile. Oh wait, no, he just looks a bit sweaty and buff. I can understand why Elias was confused. Roman attacked Elias, for some reason. He attacked Vince McMahon, for some reason. Later in the night, after Smackdown Live was off the air, he got into a scuffle with Randy Orton for some reason. Roman Reigns, picking fights all across the world. This makes Roman Reigns the first wrestler to ever lay their hands on their boss.

Yep, definitely. Nobody else has ever done it before.

And so we enter the next generation. The Roman Reigns Generation. I know the last generation was also the Roman Reigns Generation, but there wasn’t enough Roman Reigns in the Roman Reigns Generation. This is Blue Roman. Subdued Roman. Chill Roman. Roman in a good mood.

Everything’s different now. The world has changed forever. It’s a Reigns-o-Meter on a Wednesday.

Odds Counter
– Baron Corbin
– Drew McIntyre
– Bobby Lashley
– Elias
– Mr McMahon

Did Roman Reigns beat the odds?
Yes

Poor Vince.


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