WWE has a villainous professional wrestling stable called the Bloodline, which includes Roman Reigns, his cousins Jey and Jimmy Uso, and manager Paul Heyman. Sami Zayn is also associated with the group.
Reigns is an undisputed WWE Champion who has held both the WWE and Universal Championships at the same time, each of his four reigns having lasted two years. The Usos are also both undisputed SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions, each of their five reigns also lasting two years.
The stable, which is named after the Usos being a part of the Anoa’i family, was officially assigned to the SmackDown brand and also appear on the Raw brand.
Formation of The Bloodline (2020–2021)
On the September 4 episode of SmackDown, Jimmy got injured in the storyline and Big E replaced him for a fatal-four-way match against Matt Riddle, King Corbin, and Sheamus where the winner would earn a Universal Championship match at Clash of Champions against Roman Reigns who had recently turned heel and aligned himself with Paul Heyman. Jey won by pinning Riddle to earn his first singles championship opportunity on his career. At Clash of Champions, Jey lost to Roman Reigns by technical knockout when Jimmy came down and threw a white towel for him. Jey was given another title shot against Roman at the Steel Cage “I Quit” match at its namesake event where the added stipulation was if Jimmy lost he would have to follow Reign’s orders or be kicked out of their family. At said event, Jimmy lost again after Roman attacked the injured Jimmy forcing Jersey to say “I quit” to save his brother.
On the October 30 episode of SmackDown, Jey defeated Daniel Bryan to qualify for Team SmackDown at Survivor Series. After the match, Jey turned heel and aligned with Reigns in the process. On February 21, 2021, at Elimination Chamber, Jey competed in the event’s eponymous match, where The winner would receive a Universal Championship with Reigns that same night. He was eliminated last. On April 9 special WrestleMania edition of SmackDown, Jey won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal by last eliminating Shinsuke Nakamura. This marked Jey’s first major singles accolade in WWE.
Jimmy returned from injury on the May 7 episode of SmackDown, but did not approve of the alliance between Jey and Reigns, as he called Jey “Reigns’ bitch” and started wearing a t-shirt that said “Nobody’s Bitch”. On the June 4 episode of SmackDown, The Usos reunited and challenged The Mysterios Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, however, the match ended in a controversial finish in which the referee did not notice that Jimmy had his shoulder up during the pin. The Usos were granted a rematch later that same night, but during the rematch, Reigns interfered by attacking the Mysterios, not wanting The Usos to embarrass themselves again. Following the match, Reigns brutally attacked Rey’s son Dominik, which Jimmy felt Reigns took too far, also furthering tensions between Reigns and Jimmy. The ensuing dissension between the two over Jey’s allegiance eventually caused Jey to temporarily walk out on the June 11 episode of SmackDown, after which, Reigns manipulated Jimmy into feeling guilty for their recent dissension. As a result, the following week on the June 18 episode of SmackDown Jimmy offered his help to Reigns during his Hell in a Cell match with Rey Mysterio, and he rose Reigns’ hand after the match.
On the July 9 episode of SmackDown, Johnny returned to his family as a heel. John and Roman then reunited as “The Bloodline”.