Jey Uso has earned the right to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Title at WWE Clash of Champions 2020, but could he plan to allow his cousin to win?
Going into yesterday’s edition of SmackDown, one of the burning questions was surely who WWE would have next in line to challenge newly crowned Universal Champion Roman Reigns. While Wyatt or Strowman may have unfinished business with Reigns, a fresh opponent for WWE Clash of Champions 2020 is certainly not a bad idea.
The opening moments of SmackDown provided the revelation that Paul Heyman is serving as “special counsel” to Roman Reigns. The main event of SmackDown was also revealed to be a Fatal 4-Way Match featuring Big E, Baron Corbin, Matt Riddle, and Sheamus with the winner earning the opportunity to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at Clash of Champions.
After hearing from Paul Heyman, the Universal Champion spoke and left us with these final words about what to expect at WWE Clash of Champions 2020: “When you have this kind of power, all you gotta do is show up and win. Believe that.”
The initially revealed field of competitors didn’t last long, as Sheamus took it upon himself to viciously ambush Big E and drive him through a windshield. Big E was said to have suffered “multiple lacerations” and possible “internal injuries,” removing him from the upcoming Fatal 4-Way Match.
Jey Uso is foreshadowing something at WWE Clash of Champions 2020
Rather than simply move forward with a Triple Threat Match, Adam Pearce later revealed backstage that the match would still have four participants. Moments after he said this, Pearce was approached by Paul Heyman, who took it upon himself to get Jey Uso added to the match.
In the main event of SmackDown, it was six-time WWE Tag Team Champion Jey Uso who took the win and set himself up to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at Clash of Champions. It sounds like a great match, but could this all have gone according to plan for Roman Reigns and Jey Uso?
If we take a look at every interaction and word spoken by Jey Uso and Roman Reigns last night on SmackDown, the puzzle starts to fit together and feels as if it could be foreshadowing a shocking moment at Clash of Champions. Jey Uso is about to hand Roman Reigns the win on September 27, and they didn’t even have to hide it.
"“When you have this kind of power, all you gotta do is show up and win. Believe that.”"
These were the final words from Roman Reigns as he spoke at the beginning of SmackDown, simultaneously wearing a shirt that echoed the sentiment “show up and win.” This is in stark contrast to the “wreck everyone and leave” promise he made and delivered on for WWE Payback.
The telling interaction between Jey Uso and Roman Reigns
Before he was even added to the Fatal 4-Way, Jey Uso approached Roman Reigns backstage and congratulated him on becoming Universal Champion, saying Roman “made the whole family proud, ‘Kish’, Jimmy, Trin.” For clarity, that would be Rikishi (father of The Usos), Jimmy Uso (Jey’s brother), and Naomi (aka Trinity Fatu, who is married to Jimmy Uso).
Reigns waived Paul Heyman off after Jey’s first comments, making it clear he wasn’t needed at that time. Once he was gone, Jey Uso asked Reigns directly about Heyman’s presence and the champion simply said “everything is in line, just let me handle this.”
After he found out about being added to the night’s main event, Jey Uso once again went to speak to Roman Reigns backstage. Jey thanked his cousin for getting him added, but Reigns replied saying “you don’t owe me, Paul made that happen, and it’s about time they show you some respect.”
After the dust settled at the end of the night, Jey Uso had pinned Matt Riddle and earned himself a ticket to WWE Clash of Champions 2020 to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. In a post-match interview, Jey Uso said “hey Big Dog, I made the family proud too, but guess what Roman Reigns? It’s lockdown, welcome…you know the rest.”
Could Jey Uso and Roman Reigns form ‘The Bloodline’?
The implication might seem to be that Jey Uso was about to finish that with “to The Uso Penitentiary,” but the simple “you know the rest” could be much more sinister. Finally, after the replay of his victory, Jey Uso ended SmackDown by saying “this for you Jimmy, and for the family.”
Every single word points to family and the relationship between these members of the Anao’i dynasty. Roman Reigns, The Usos, and Naomi are all related. We’ve seen them stand by each other before, and it’s finally time to see them ruthlessly dominate SmackDown together.
Whether they go forward calling themselves The Dynasty, The Family, The Bloodline, or anything else, the seeds have been planted. Jey Uso is prepared to do what he believes is right and shock the world by letting himself be pinned without a fight on September 27. Roman Reigns doesn’t have to beat anyone at Clash of Champions: all he has to do is show up and win.