Dear WWE Creative: Anoa’i Family Drama Continues To Captivate

Roman Reigns, WWE SmackDown (photo courtesy of WWE)
Roman Reigns, WWE SmackDown (photo courtesy of WWE) /

Roman Reigns’ new character in WWE is the gift that keeps on giving.

Dear WWE Creative Team,

As fascinating as the story is between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens, an even more riveting arc has been unfolding since this past September.

Sure, Jey Uso has turned heel and seems determined to win the respect of his cousin Roman Reigns, at any cost – at all costs; however, watching the evolution of this family’s onscreen dynamics has been captivating.

Now, I must admit, I was skeptical at first. Back in September, it was obvious that Reigns was going to turn on Uso, but I thought after Hell in a Cell, the storyline would die down. It hasn’t, and it’s been wonderful. Fully invested, and even during the dullest episodes of Friday Night SmackDown, if Roman or Uso are in a promo and match, my attention has been captured.

Let’s rewind a bit. When one member of a tag team is injured, as a fan, my heart goes out to both superstars. You have one that needs to undergo recovery, which can be a winding road of pain and frustration; while you also have an active member who can work, but can’t really work or be placed in storylines without their other half (and that can be equally as frustrating). Such was the case when Jimmy Uso was injured earlier this year. I naturally assumed the WWE Universe wouldn’t be seeing as much of Jey Uso, because of Jimmy’s injury, which saddened me. I love the Usos; heel or face, they are an incredible tag team.

Which makes Jey’s entry into the main event scene such a surprising, yet welcomed move. Leading up to his match at the Clash of Champions, I think the WWE Universe was fully aware that Jey wasn’t going to beat his tribal chief cousin; however, getting caught up in the story of the match, most of us were holding onto that glimmer of hope. Jey’s done a fantastic job these past few months and has elevated and transformed into a true main event talent. His heel turn was a swerve, but with that said, he continues to flawlessly play the “family member that will never stack up”, so well.

Jumping in two weeks ago to accept KO and Otis’ challenge, only to realize he’d be on his own for much of the match was a great angle. The look on Uso’s face while at the bottom of the ramp when he finally came to the conclusion of what Roman meant around “consequences” was priceless. Jey has taken the ball and ran with this storyline, and has proven that he’s not only a treasure in the world of tag team action, but can hang strong as a single; both in the ring and on the mic.

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Can’t finish this letter off without praising Roman Reigns. He’s has done an incredible job as the number heel on SmackDown, so much so, I can’t even remember a time when I thought of him as a babyface.

As we wind down 2020 and enter Royal Rumble season, only to eventually hit the most wonderful time of the year for WWE fans, Road To Wrestlemania, I hope to continue to enjoy the evolution between Roman, Paul Heyman, and Jey Uso, and they continue to navigate through their family’s business. Will Uso ever live up to Reigns’ expectations and standards?

Perhaps the bigger question is, will, or when will, Jey Uso finally snap?