Last night on Raw was a whirlwind of emotions. First off, thank you, Roman Reigns. He announced that he has been battling Leukemia since he was 22 years old. Currently 33, Reigns announced that it has resurfaced, which caused him to give up the Universal Championship. Reigns had grown to be one of my favorite wrestlers. His dedication and strength are unmatched. In his speech, he became human again. His big push to get the Title was based on his ability to defend it, his ability to be on weekly and wear it proud. In his speech, he said “but that was a lie. My real name is Joe, and I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years, and unfortunately, it’s back. And because the leukemia is back, I cannot fulfill my that role. I can’t be that fighting champion. And I’m going to have to relinquish the Universal Championship.” Roman continued to thank the WWE for giving him a chance after his last stint with Leukemia. He called the WWE his home and claimed that he will return to kick ass after he kicks Leukemia’s ass, once again. WWE released a video backstage of all the talent coming up to him and hugging him, including Braun Strowman, Paul Heyman, Jason Jordan, and many more. Braun included an Instagram post saying how much he admires and respects Roman. “One of my biggest competitors inside the ring, but behind the scenes he’s one of my best friends. “I’m heartbroken and obviously all of our staff at Soft 7 Sports are praying for you, Roman.
So, what happens with the Universal Title? We got a glimpse last night. WWE announced at Crown Jewel that Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman will face off for the vacant title. Presumably, Braun will win. I say that because it makes the most sense and Braun turned face last night. During the Tag Team Match between Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler vs Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, Braun came out and chased McIntyre leading to a Shield victory. We got the glimpse that Braun and Drew will feud for the Title, which I don’t hate, just wish it was Roman and Drew.
Another thing we saw last night was Dean finally turning on Seth. This is something that has been teased for a while, but last night, nobody saw it coming. After Roman’s heartfelt speech, Dean and Seth came out, Seth crying, to comfort Roman and they did their typical Shield fist bump, then after Dean and Seth won the Tag Team Titles, Dean hit Seth and then just abused him. This shocked everyone, because no one thought it’d happen on the night Roman had to step away, but Vince said fuck everyone, let’s do it. 2 things come from that: 1) We’ll presumably get a Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Title, which sucks because this feud should get the main title. 2) They still are the Tag Team Champions. What happens with that? Do they relinquish it or does Corbin make them fight?
And finally, from Barstool Sports, there is a report that Daniel Bryan and John Cena have both pulled out of the WWE Crown Jewel due to the situation that occurred last week. If that is true, I expect WWE to pull out completely due to Bryan being in a Title Match and Cena presumably winning the World Cup. This is an interesting situation developing and could put WWE’s multi-hundred-million-dollar deal with Saudi on hold.