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What advice did The Usos, Solo Sikoa, and Paul Heyman have for the guy who has ruled professional wrestling for the past three years ?

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By Niranjan Shivalkar | Jul 8, 2023 | 6 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Roman Reigns had a horrible night on WWE SmackDown. Due to his loss at the premium live event Money in the Bank last Saturday, the Tribal Chief was put on trial Friday night in New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden. What advice did The Usos, Solo Sikoa, and Paul Heyman have for the guy who has ruled professional wrestling for the past three years, frequently while controlling and forcing his will on those who are closest to him? Check out our recap of the programme to learn more, which also saw the comeback of Edge and a grudge battle between AJ Styles and Karrion Kross.

Match cards of Friday’s show were:

  • The Trial of The Tribal Chief
  • Edge joins The Grayson Waller Effect
  • United States Championship Match: Sheamus vs. Austin Theory (c)
  • AJ Styles vs. Karrion Kross

The Trial of the Tribal Chief

The Tribal Court segment, which included The Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman, and Undisputed WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns, took up a quarter of Friday’s programme and showcased a few of the finest performances of the latter’s career as well as the most recent developments in one of the most significant storylines in WWE history. At his most cunning and deceitful, Reigns was. He delivered a low blow that sparked a wild and chaotic brawl that teased Sikoa taking over the role of Tribal Chief before standing tall alongside his cousin after destroying Jimmy Uso, just as the world was beginning to believe he had turned a new leaf and was prepared to hand control of The Bloodline to Jey Uso.

Jimmy appeared to be out of the picture due to the injury angle that occurred following the interval, and it now appears that Jey will have to go it alone if he wants to challenge Reigns for the championship, possibly as soon as SummerSlam. This hit the figurative home run in the World’s Most Famous Arena, with all of wrestling’s attention focused on them and everyone wondering what the program’s next chapter would entail.

The Grayson Waller Effect with Edge

Grayson Waller believed Edge had picked his performance to make his professional wrestling comeback announcement. Instead, Edge stated that the night’s main event will be a one-on-one match between him and Waller. In order to gain credibility for himself and his talk show segment, Waller did an excellent job of pressuring Edge into making a retirement announcement. 

It backfired, and as a result, the show’s primary event is now an unexpected one. This was an excellent television segment that was brief and to the point. It was wonderful to see Edge recall his SummerSlam 1998 debut in MSG. Even Sable, who is not frequently acknowledged on WWE television, was mentioned by name.

United States Championship Match: Sheamus vs. Austin Theory

Austin Theory, the U.S. champion, and Sheamus continued their feud on Friday as they engaged in a pivotal title match. From what we saw, the contest appeared to be in good shape, but it was marred by too many commercial breaks. The two poorly timed interruptions greatly damaged the home viewers’ ability to invest in what they were watching, even though it was likely to make up for the length of the Bloodline part.

Given that The Brawling Brutes and Pretty Deadly participated, the outcome was somewhat expected, indicating that the programme will probably continue long enough to wrap up at SummerSlam. Even yet, the competitors have sufficient relationships to overcome the drawback and still provide high-quality in-ring content.

AJ Styles vs. Karrion Kross 

Is there a WWE feud that is more clumsily executed than AJ Styles vs. Karrion Kross? In case you missed it, they ended their feud with a brief bout in which The Phenomenal One used a Phenomenal Forearm to win over the former NXT champion. Nothing could have developed or a story given because there was no time for either. It was a sequence of maneuvers, a fight between Michin and Scarlett, and a conclusion that did not much benefit either man. Simply put, it was completely unneeded for a broadcast that was already speeding through segments owing to timing concerns.

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Women’s Division

Before Asuka, the WWE Women’s champion, could address the crowd at MSG, Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair, Iyo Sky, and Bayley intervened as a violent brawl broke out. When Belair broke up Sky’s effort to cash in her Money in the Bank briefcase, the programme closed with The Empress of Tomorrow avoiding further harm.

This was made worse by the timing problems the programme was having; it was little more than a hurried muddle that managed to insert Sky and Bayley into the title scene without exploiting the rising tension. Similar to the preceding segment, its sole purpose—even at the expense of effectiveness—was to bring the conflict to the attention of the viewer.

Edge vs. Grayson Waller

In the main match of Friday’s in-ring part of the show, Edge silenced Grayson Waller, but not before paying the young wrestler some measure of respect.The Australian loudmouth was given praise by the Rated R Superstar for swimming when he had a real chance to sink.

Waller never really appeared out of place against his Hall of Fame opponent during the match, which was also fantastic. He faced up against a wrestler who has accomplished everything in the sport and triumphed, winning the veteran’s respect. A performance like this and the small gesture of appreciation will go a long way in helping supporters accept Waller as a player on the main roster, even though he is still undeniably a heel.

Jey Uso Challenges the Tribal Chief

Before presenting the Tribal Chief with a challenge for one final fight between them, Jey Uso returned to MSG and vented his wrath on Roman Reigns and Solo Siko. Fans wondered if The Head of the Table would accept the offer or figure out a way to wiggle out of a fight with his cousin that has been three years in the making as the episode concluded on a cliffhanger, leaving Reigns looking angry yet unsure.

It was a strong, intense part that served as the show’s appropriate capstone after being mostly devoted to the Bloodline drama. Jey is the ideal foe, and there is no doubt that he ought to be the one to depose Reigns. Whether or not it actually occurs is still up in the air, but at the very least, the fans seem to support the notion.

Overall Show

The show’s pacing was appalling; numerous segments and matches felt hurried or unimportant because of the short amount of time given to them. Even though there wasn’t nearly enough time for them to do anything significant, the women’s division section and the Styles-Kross battle in particular were fascinating additions to the show. They took place since they featured prominent celebrities, yet neither of the segments offered much to say because there wasn’t enough time. 

When television time is such a valuable commodity in WWE, they should never have just happened. The huge moments ultimately give the programme a good grade, but Triple H and company need to pay closer attention to sequencing before cramming a card with hurried, insignificant pieces.

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