In a groundbreaking showdown, WWE’s reigning Undisputed Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, is poised to defend his title in a monumental “Tribal Combat” match against his cousin, Jey Uso, at SummerSlam 2023. Throughout his impressive title reign, Roman has consistently emerged victorious in his defenses, and he remains resolute in continuing this streak come August 5.
As the much-anticipated event approaches, Roman Reigns recently delved into his upcoming match against Jey Uso in a candid interview. The Tribal Chief took center stage on ESPN’s First Take, where he appeared as a special guest, accompanied by his loyal advisor, Paul Heyman.
Addressing the significance of his title bout at WWE SummerSlam, Roman expressed,
“This Saturday, it’s much like any other championship defense. The title will be on the line, but what makes this Tribal Combat so exceptional is that the esteemed title of The Tribal Chief is also at stake. The leadership of our family. It may not be the conventional type of table, but the Head of the Table will be up for grabs. This match will determine the future of our family, our legacy, and our bloodline.”
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Roman’s profound words shed light on the immense importance he places on successfully safeguarding his Undisputed title. Conversely, his cousin, Jey Uso, is bound to put forth his best effort, as this match is arguably the most significant of his entire professional wrestling career.
Looking back at their history, many fans may assume that the ongoing feud between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso marks the first time the cousins have faced off. However, this isn’t entirely accurate, as they engaged in a memorable rivalry during the COVID era, culminating in an unforgettable Universal Championship clash.
The epic encounter transpired at the Hell in a Cell event in 2020, where Roman Reigns triumphed over Jey Uso in a match that will forever be etched in fans’ memories. Afterward, both superstars formed The Bloodline, alongside Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa. Nevertheless, the stable’s unity eventually crumbled on SmackDown’s June 15 episode, as The Usos turned on Roman and Solo Sikoa.
The Usos’ betrayal set the stage for a captivating showdown at WWE Money in the Bank, where Jey Uso emerged victorious, accomplishing a historic feat by pinning Roman for the first time in three and a half years. However, the feud didn’t end there, as Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa later launched a brutal assault on The Usos during the July 7 episode of SmackDown, leaving Jimmy Uso severely injured and sidelined from in-ring action.
Following Jimmy Uso’s injury, WWE masterfully developed this captivating storyline, leading us to the impending Tribal Combat match between Roman and Jey Uso at SummerSlam. It promises to be a match like no other, as alongside Roman’s Undisputed title, the prestigious title of Tribal Chief will also be up for grabs. The outcome of this extraordinary encounter will determine who will ascend as the true “Tribal Chief” and reign supreme at WWE SummerSlam 2023.