A rumble is on the horizon in the world of wrestling! The spotlight is trained on the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, who is all geared up for an explosive Tribal Combat at SummerSlam 2023, one of the biggest WWE events of the year. As we approach the colossal clash, wrestling luminary Dutch Mantell has stirred the pot, boldly declaring that an eight-time Champion might not be the rightful contender to conclude the unstoppable reign of the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.
Let’s meet the wrestler at the centre of this controversy – Jey Uso. He is a seasoned player in the WWE universe, an eight-time Tag Team Champion to be precise. In addition to this, Jey shares the honour of being one-half of the longest-reigning tag team champions in WWE history alongside Jimmy Uso. They shattered The New Day’s record in 2022, etching their names permanently in the history of WWE.
Nevertheless, on the latest episode of Smack Talk, Mantell laid out his perspective, expressing doubt about Jey Uso’s ability to topple Reigns. He voiced his concerns saying, “You can’t split a tag team, because you have more negatives than you do positives. Roman Reigns is the wheel that runs them.” He drove his point home by likening the situation to a car losing a crucial tire, suggesting that if Roman were to falter, WWE would find itself in a precarious position.
Mantell’s comments not only highlighted the wrestling veteran’s strategic perspective but also recognized WWE’s calculated manoeuvres. He observed how the organisation had built up numerous potential challengers for Reigns, unlike the past when there were fewer contenders. This transformation, according to Mantell, has provided WWE with an exciting array of possible paths to take.
While this debate continues to simmer, Roman Reigns stirred up a tempest in a teacup during an engrossing segment on SmackDown. Reigns, masterfully gaslighting his opponent, attempted to lay the blame for The Bloodline’s fragmentation on Jimmy Uso. The Tribal Chief even claimed that Jey Uso’s younger brother, Solo Sikoa, had a greater degree of respect and admiration for Reigns than Jey himself. Jey Uso, however, remained calm and composed during the verbal onslaught, although he was eventually overwhelmed by the superior physical force of Reigns and Sikoa.
As the WWE universe turns its eyes towards SummerSlam, we see an intriguing scenario unfold. The Tribal Combat set to take place features a tantalising encounter between Jey Uso and Roman Reigns. This high-stakes clash, where anything goes, and no family interference is allowed, holds the fate of the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the balance. However, according to WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry, Jey Uso is entering the contest as the clear underdog.
In an episode of The Busted Open podcast, Henry opined that Jey needed to project more confidence and assertiveness when confronting Roman Reigns and his entourage. He believes that a lack of confidence and self-belief could be Jey’s downfall at SummerSlam.
This already dramatic narrative took a harsh turn when Jey Uso found himself on the receiving end of a brutal ambush by The Enforcer on SmackDown, shortly after scoring a victory against Grayson Waller. Just as Jey seemed to be turning the tide, Roman Reigns entered the fray, culminating in Jey succumbing to a devastating Samoan Spike-Spear combo.
As the dust settles on this whirlwind of events, one thing is certain – SummerSlam 2023 is set to be a rollercoaster ride that will hold fans spellbound. It will be a titanic clash of wills, a test of resilience, and a battle for supremacy. In this thrilling saga, we will witness who among Roman Reigns and Jey Uso emerges as the true king of the wrestling ring.