The main event of SummerSlam between Roman Reigns & Jey Uso ended in controversial fashion and one Hall of Famer felt says he “did not enjoy this match at all.”
Roman Reigns defended the Undisputed WWE Universal Title against his cousin Jey Uso at SummerSlam in a Tribal Combat Match that meant “anything goes” in the match. Just like Roman’s title defenses this year at the Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania 39, there was interference in this match too.
Jey Uso managed to fight off his brother Solo Sikoa by putting him through a table, but Jey wasn’t ready for his twin brother Jimmy Uso pulling Jey off a pin cover. Jimmy superkicked Jey and Roman Reigns gave Jey a Spear through a table to escape as the champion yet again.
That finish and the match didn’t sit well with WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff, who expressed his frustrations on his 83 Weeks podcast covering the show.
“I was disappointed. The expectations have been so high for anything Bloodline-related because it’s been so awesome for so long. This wasn’t, this was maintenance, [and] this didn’t advance anything in my opinion. Technically, it did, but for me, just in terms of emotion and interest and reaction, my visceral response was I was bored. I did not enjoy this match at all.”
Bischoff would go on to say that while he has liked The Bloodline story so far, he didn’t like what he saw at SummerSlam.
“In a month, I could look back and say, ‘That was a dumb thing to say because look what they’re doing now,'” Bischoff continued. “As it stands now, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I’ve been talking up this Bloodline story for months. I told everybody — and I mean it — that the Bloodline storyline is, by far and away, the best story that’s been crafted for professional wrestling in any of our lifetimes.”
There was also a message for Roman Reigns.
“If your goal is to end your career in the next 12 to 18 months and move on to Hollywood, commit now more than ever. If that means working more often, to keep the audience engaged, do whatever you have to do. But I really hope Saturday night [SummerSlam] was just a blip on the radar.”
As for Jey Uso, Bischoff thinks that Sami Zayn could be involved to help Jey.
“I’m tired of Jey being a little puppy. I’m tired of him being a whipping boy. Jey’s gotta get some balls. I don’t want him to be the scolded puppy anymore.”
“Maybe Sami is the catalyst that can help Jey find his spirit, his spine. Because if you can get a fired-up and confident Jey … give me someone that says, ‘F–k it, I can’t take it anymore. I’ll do whatever I have to do to beat you.’ Let’s watch that story and maybe that’s just me.”
Roman Reigns Likely Getting Time Off While The Usos Rivalry Heats Up
During that SummerSlam match, there was a report that Roman Reigns had some sort of hip or back injury. The good news for WWE and Roman himself is that he’s not expected to be on the Payback card on September 2nd and at this point he’s not listed for Fastlane on October 7th either. We may not see Reigns in a match until Crown Jewel on November 4th or Survivor Series three weeks later on November 25th.
The story involving The Bloodline will likely shift to Jey Uso looking forward to revenge against his brother Jimmy Uso, who cost Jey the WWE Title. We should find out more about that feud tonight on Smackdown and in the weeks ahead.