At Night of Champions Roman Reigns celebrated 1,000 days as Universal Champion in WWE but that milestone was somewhat overshadowed by Jimmy Uso kicking his Tribal Chief in the face, twice.
The prophecy laid down by Cody Rhodes to Roman Reigns ahead of WrestleMania began to come true at Night of Champions when Jimmy Uso appeared to leave his Tribal Chief as he dropped Reigns with two super kicks.
On the following SmackDown a title celebration was held to celebrate Roman Reigns hitting the milestone last achieved almost four decades ago by Hulk Hogan and he was presented with a brand new WWE Universal Championship belt by Triple H.
The Usos soon made their presence felt and initially tried to put things right with Reigns and re-establish The Bloodline as a group that thrives on mutual respect. Solo Sikoa even broke his silence to apparently side with his brothers and all looked well when Jimmy Uso and Reigns embraced.
But Roman Reigns, always looking out for number one, refused to keep the group together and allowed Sikoa to floor Jimmy Uso with a vicious Samoan Spike.
The Bloodline storyline has kept fans entertained for months and now Showbuzz Daily has revealed just what that meant in the Friday night ratings for WWE. 2.563 million viewers are said to have tuned in for SmackDown, giving the blue brand a massive 18% increase from the previous week and giving the show its biggest rating since John Cena competed on the final SmackDown of 2022.
In the ever-important 18-49 key demo, SmackDown scored an impressive 0.73 rating, topping the charts for all TV for the night and providing a 40.4% increase on the previous week.
Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics also reported that the final quarter of the episode which featured Roman Reigns’ Championship Celebration averaged 2.9 million viewers.