MONDAY NIGHT REIGNS-O-METER #92: 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 favourite 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.


This week we got twice the Roman Reignsy goodness. Twice the spears. Twice the Superman Punches. Just what we all wanted. Did you know that since Roman started appearing on Raw, Raw ratings have gone up? Nobody could have possibly seen that coming, right? Another genius move by Vince McMahon, to make sure everybody recognises the genius that is Roman Reigns and his Superman Punching, ooh-aah noise-making ways.

And some people honestly thought that the Wildcard Rule was a bad move. Why would you need fresh new Superstars? Who needs wrestling on their wrestling show? It’s all about the Ro Rei.

So, let’s talk about the new and inventive, unique ways in which we saw Roman compete this week.

Well, it all started with The Miz. The Miz inviting Roman Reigns to come out and talk on a show that he wasn’t supposed to be on.

This would be followed the next night by Roman Reigns inviting The Miz to come out and talk on a show that he wasn’t supposed to be on. But that’s just a coincidence.

After a brief discussion, The Miz and Roman would be interrupted by the arrival of Shane McMahon, Elias, and his Shane’s favorite heel of the moment, Bobby Lashley.

Of course the next night was not only special, but they clearly made it even better when Roman and The Miz would be interrupted by the arrival of Shane McMahon, Elias, and Shane’s favorite heel of the moment, Daniel Bryan (and Rowan but shhh)

I mean, look how creative that booking is. Is there anything better than seeing masterful writing at its best. Mother of Dragons ain’t got nothing on WWE.

How did it end, I hear you ask in my head? Well, I think we all know how it ended, but just in case you didn’t, WWE did something incredible. They threw together a tag team match, where two hot faces took on two ice cold heels with the good guys coming away victorious, standing tall, and showing they could compete with the best.

Smackdown was, once again, even better! Look how hyped I am! This time, they threw together a tag team handicap match, where three white-hot faces took on three ice cold heels (and Rowan, who has some decent t-shirts) with the good guys standing tall at the end and showing they could compete with the best.

Honestly, I don’t know how anyone can compete with the originality, the ingenuity, and the creativity on display from both Raw and Smackdown writers. They clearly know what’s going on and can plan ahead at all times.

This isn’t all being made up as they go along, nooooo.

Odds Counter
– Bobby Lashley
– Elias
– Shane McMahon
– Elias
– Shane McMahon
– Daniel Bryan
– Rowan

Did Roman Reigns beat the odds?
No

But he absolutely stood tall at the end.


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