The music hit and new WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns made his way out with Paul Heyman right behind him. The boos got louder as Reigns stood on the stage. He raised the title in the air and stared straight ahead. Reigns looked around some before the pyro explodes on the stage. Heyman was all business. They march to the ring while Greg Hamilton did the introductions.
Reigns hit the ring and stood in the middle. He raised the title again as more fireworks explode behind him. Heyman took the mic and said just when we thought Heyman was out, Reigns pulled him back in. He told fans not to make a fool out of themselves for corrupting Reigns because he can assure us that it’s Reigns corrupting him. Why would this happen? Because he was gone. Tossed aside, thrown into the shark-infested ocean of obscurity, only to be rescued, saved and pulled onto The Island of Relevancy, by this man. Because they did the same damn thing to Reigns that they did to Heyman.
Heyman asked what happened to the thank you and the appreciation, through all the executive decisions to life threatening illnesses, Reigns delivered, and over-delivered. He said nobody offered to say thank you or offer genuine appreciation. Heyman said Reigns’ “little bit of time off” was questioned, and what did they do with his title? He went on about how a “monster” or a “fiend” aren’t meant to be champions.
Heyman said Roman Reign as your champion has only been defined by what WWE purports itself to be built on – family, tradition, legacy, the responsibility of being a champion and the accountability of owning one’s action as your champion. He brought up how RAW had a Triple Threat to determine the Clash of Champions opponent for WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. Heyman pointed at Reigns and said this champion will be bigger, badder, more sensational and more spectacular, than everyone else that has come before him.
While they have the Triple Threat on RAW, we will have a Fatal 4 Way on SmackDown tonight. The winner will become the sacrificial lamb of The Big Dog at Clash of Champions. Heyman said the names of the 4 competitors don’t deserve to come out of his mouth of Reigns’ mouth, so he will leave it to Cole and Graves. Hey went on and said he serves a special counsel to the tribal chief – your reigning, defending, undisputed, Universal Heavyweight Champion of Reigns.
Reigns finally took the mic and said he’s a man of his word. He did exactly what he said he would do at Payback – sign the contract, wreck The Fiend, wreck The Monster, and then he left… as the Universal Champion. Reigns said at Clash of Champions he doesn’t care who he faces, line them up and feed them all to him, because this is his island and when you have this kind of power, all you got to do is show up and win. Believe that. He stared ahead and dropped the mic as his music started back up.