MONDAY NIGHT REIGNS-O-METER #98: Tracking Roman Reigns’s ability to beat the odds and come out on top

By Tom Colohue, PWTorch Specialist


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.

If you were a gambler, it’s safe to say that recently you’d make good money betting that Roman Reigns would be the main event of Monday Night Raw. Also Smackdown Live. He’s just ever-so-slightly everywhere, isn’t he?

The Samoan amongst Joes has been spearing his way through the last five minutes of shows for several weeks now with very little story and very little difficulty. The much-celebrated lack of Shane McMahon has meant a reduction in Roman Reigns while they work out a new opponent. Thankfully, this week, something new and interesting happened that might show that they’re moving in that direction.

Have we ever had a period, since his debut, that Roman Reigns has been lacking in direction? We certainly have that at the moment. With only the go-home shows left, The Big Dog has no match and no opponent for Summerslam. Would you ever have imagined that that would be a thing?

This time last year Roman was gearing up to take on Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship in the main event. This year he has to sit on the sidelines and watch his buddy, Becky Lynch’s Boyfriend, take on The Beast.

One good match, though, and The Guy will be back on top chasing after the biggest belt in the WWE. That’s right, it’s time for 24/7 Roman.

In the meantime, let’s talk about what happened this week.

We started off this week with the announcement of an upcoming Samoan Summit. We would have one Samoan Joe versus the other Samoan Joe. These two have always worked extremely well together.

Intensity, wrestling ability, and vicious promos coupled with Roman Reigns.

Deadly submissions, brutal slams, and a winning mentality standing opposite Roman Reigns.

An unfortunately consistent loser against Roman Reigns. Who could possibly win?

What we got instead, though, was a very welcome old school fight. After The Man’s Man picked up a Brock0-related entire body injury, we had a sighting of Roman in the back watching the ambulance roll out. A sudden distraction in the form of Joe and The Club would turn into an out-and-out brawl in and around the ring. Reigns, The Usos, and for some reason Cedric Alexander against Samoa Joe, Drew McIntyre, and for some reason Gallows and Anderson.

This very much looks like an “everybody not on the card” eight-man tag, doesn’t it? I guess they just couldn’t come up with any storylines or interesting feuds for any of these people.

Roman stood tall as you might expect. Thanks to some Alexander high flying, the opportunity arrived for Reigns to end the night having speared his enemy, standing tall and powerful as the night comes to its end.

Our hero, vanquishing the evil and demonic force of Samoa Joe. I’m just glad Joe hasn’t been drafted in as a Shane McMahon faction mate.

We come to Tuesday’s Smackdown Live, in which Roman makes only a brief appearance. He’s on the floor. He’s getting beaten up by inanimate objects again. Weird character trait, but very consistent. I still remember Roman getting beaten up by a shark cage. Good times.

So now we have a mystery. Who attacked Roman Reigns with furniture? Even more importantly, who set up all the cameras, ensured the high-production quality, and edited the scene so beautifully?

It’s almost as if this whole wrestling thing is scripted.

Almost. Let’s not make bold accusations now.

Odds Counter
– Samoa Joe
– Drew McIntyre
– Luke Gallows
– Karl Anderson
– Like, a wall, or something?

Did Roman Reigns beat the odds?
Yes, against people

Not so good against structures though. Don’t put Roman in a ladder match any time soon.

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