MONDAY NIGHT REIGNS-O-METER #103: Tracking Roman Reigns’s ability to beat the odds and come out on top

By Tom Colohue, PWTorch Specialist



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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 there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last seven years of watching wrestling in the post and present Shield era, it’s that Roman Reigns is the most unstoppable force in wrestling history. He does not lose. He does not stay down for long. If you tie him down and break both his legs, he will still no-sell the attack and throw a Superman Punch before he goes down. Roman Reigns is an unstoppable force.

You know what else we can say with reliable optimism? Erick Rowan is not the same as Roman Reigns. Erick Rowan holds the record for the fastest-ever loss when he took a Rock Bottom from The Rock, ate the pin, and then that was officially that. Winning wrestling matches is not something that Rowan is known for.

Now following someone more powerful? That’s the Erick Rowan way. He’s followed Bray Wyatt. He’s followed John Cena. He’s followed Luke Harper. He’s followed Daniel Bryan. He follows. That’s his thing.

Until now. Didn’t Clash Of Champions just go ahead and change everything?

I predicted that Rowan would defeat Roman and even I don’t entirely believe this actually happened but, after a big guy brawl the likes of which we haven’t had since Roman and Braun Strowman fought over an ambulance, it was Roman who was flat on his back. There were no forklifts needed. No cars necessary. No unsettled Samoa Joes shaking and uneasy in the background. It wasn’t without controversy, though.

Luke Harper, long thought to be an abstract concept rather than an actual person, would interfere with a big boot and a big beard to help Rowan take the win. Finally, after all this time, Rowan is the leader.

Possibly. I really don’t feel particularly safe in saying so for definite. When’s the last time Erick Rowan won a match on a pay-per-view. These truly are dark times.

This curious state of affairs would be followed up on Smackdown where, in a curious turn of events, Roman Reigns would attempt to rescue the planet’s champion, Daniel Bryan. I swear, this whole thing has turned so many villains into heroes and heroes into still just Roman.

Rowan would interrupt Daniel Bryan’s emotional return – he has a lot of experience with those – and walk down to the ring. His new music is much better than the ditty little piano and bell thing he used to have. Rowan stood tall in the ring as Daniel Bryan repeatedly fingered his chest and then came the Luke Harper. The second Bludgeon Brother. The most loyal followers of the one who must not be mentioned.

Roman would stride down, dodge Harper, and go after Rowan. As it’s Roman, you would expect him to stand tall at the end of it, but this ended up not being the case. Harper and Rowan, in classic Bludgeon Brothers fashion, tore up ringside and threw some people on to concrete. Also on to each other. And also into tables.

Can I just say? I really, really missed how destructive The Bludgeon Brothers always were? It adds so much to their personalities and so much to the show. When they first truly announced themselves by walking down during a match between The Usos and The New Day, destroying everything in their path and laying waste to all five man, they immediately grabbed everybody’s attention. If this is them back, then I can’t wait to see what they do.

At the moment, it sure looks like what they do is maul Roman Reigns repeatedly. It’s certainly different.

Odds Counter
– Erick Rowan
– Luke Harper
– Erick Rowan
– Luke Harper

Did Roman Reigns beat the odds?
No

Not a good day at the office for Roman, was it?


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