Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns Battle on Raw

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After a months-long feud with the malicious Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns fell right into another, perhaps even more vicious rivalry with Samoa Joe.

Samoa Joe is known for his brutality with, and utter disregard for opponents, but being that Roman Reigns is a fellow Samoan, Joe showed him slightly more respect than he typically would by agreeing to a “Samoan Summit,” scheduled to take place last night on Raw.

Joe gave the Summit an honest effort. And by that, we mean that he briefly considered it before resorting to his normal course of action – beating his opponent down ruthlessly when they’re not expecting it.

As Roman Reigns was watching anxiously as his friend Seth Rollins was being carted away after a savage assault at the hands of Brock Lesnar, The OC launched an attack on his cousins, The Usos, so he joined the fray in an effort to fight off Gallows and Anderson.

After he delivered a punch to each member of The OC, Samoa Joe sprinted up behind him, raining strikes down on The Big Dog. Leaving Roman Reigns laid out backstage, Samoa Joe took to the ring to inform the WWE Universe that the Samoan Summit had been canceled (surprise!).

He challenged Roman Reigns to come to the ring and fight him instead of making fruitless efforts to talk it out, and even though Reigns had suffered a beating just moments before, he appeared on the stage ready for battle.

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Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns exchanged merciless strikes outside of the ring until Roman took control by throwing a set of steel steps directly at Joe, incapacitating him. The brawl may have come to a close then, had Drew McIntyre not involved himself, joining forces with Samoa Joe to overpower Reigns.

Before long, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, Drew McIntyre, Cedric Alexander, Jimmy and Jey Uso, and The OC were all in a massive brawl on the stage which was only broken by Cedric flinging himself from the top of the LED board over the stage onto the other men.

The action then migrated back into the ring where The Usos and Cedric Alexander set Roman Reigns up for a Superman Punch to each member of The OC as well as a spear to Samoa Joe, leaving Reigns, The Usos, and Alexander standing tall to close the show.

The feud between Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns will likely only escalate from here, but this was an excellent, creative way to take things to the next level for the two Samoan Superstars, as well as progress storylines between Cedric Alexander/Drew McIntyre and The Usos/The OC.

What did you think of Samoa Joe attacking Roman Reigns on Raw? Let us know on Twitter, @TheRumbleRamble.

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Caitlin Cole
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