Roman Reigns Retains His Crown After a Tribal Combat with Jey Uso

One of the most anticipated matches of the year, the Tribal Combat, took place at SummerSlam 2023.

The match was a brutal and emotional showdown between two members of the Anoa’i family, who have a long and proud history in professional wrestling. However, the match also had a shocking twist, as Jimmy Uso, who was supposed to be in Jey’s corner, betrayed his brother and helped Roman Reigns retain his title.

Finally, Roman Reigns defended his WWE Universal Championship and his status as the Tribal Chief against his cousin Jey Uso in the Tribal Combat 2023.

1. A Recap of Roman Reigns VS Jey Uso in Tribal Combat 2023

The match was a brutal and emotional showdown between two members of the Anoa’i family, who have a long and proud history in professional wrestling.

The stakes were high, as the winner would not only retain or win the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, but also be officially recognized as the Tribal Chief of The Bloodline, a faction that includes Reigns, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, and Solo Sikoa.

The match began with the two being engaged in a fierce brawl, using kendo sticks, steel chairs, tables, and leather straps as weapons. The action spilled outside the ring and into the crowd, where both men inflicted more damage on each other.

Roman Reigns Defeats Jey Uso and Retains Tribal Combat Title
Tribal Combat 2023 | Source: WWE

At one point, Reigns got cut open on his left arm after a Samoan drop on a table and leather strap hit. He then tried to spear Jey Uso through another table, but Jey Uso moved out of the way and Reigns crashed into Solo Sikoa, who was at ringside to support Reigns. Jey Uso then took advantage of the situation and hit Reigns with a superkick and a splash for a near-fall.

Jey Uso then grabbed a microphone and told Reigns to acknowledge him as the Tribal Chief. He said that he loved Reigns, but he had to do this for himself and his family. He then prepared to hit Reigns with another splash, but he was stopped by a masked man, who turned out to be Jimmy Uso, who had been out of action for months due to an injury.

Jimmy Uso pulled Jey off Reigns and revealed his face. He then delivered a superkick to his own brother, shocking everyone in attendance. He then left the ring, leaving Jey Uso vulnerable to Reigns. Reigns then capitalized with a spear through the table to get the pinfall victory and retain his title and his status as the Tribal Chief.

After the match, Reigns celebrated with Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa, while Jey Uso lay motionless on the floor. The commentators speculated on why Jimmy Uso betrayed his brother and what this meant for the future of The Bloodline.

2. The History of the Bloodline

The Bloodline is a professional wrestling tag team that performs in WWE on the SmackDown brand. The team is led by Roman Reigns, who is the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion and the self-proclaimed Tribal Chief of the Anoa’i family, a renowned wrestling dynasty.

The team also features Reigns’ real-life cousin, Solo Sikoa, who is a rising star in WWE. They are managed by Paul Heyman, a veteran wrestling promoter and advocate.

The Bloodline was originally formed by Reigns and his cousins, The Usos (Jey and Jimmy), who were also the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions until they lost their titles at WrestleMania 39.

Roman Reigns Defeats Jey Uso and Retains Tribal Combat Title
The Bloodline

The group was born out of a family feud between Reigns and Jey, who challenged Reigns for his title and his leadership in late 2020. Reigns eventually forced Jey to acknowledge him as the Tribal Chief and join his side, while Jimmy got involved after returning from an injury. The group also briefly had Sami Zayn as an honorary member from May 2022 to January 2023, but he was kicked out after losing a match to Kevin Owens.

The Bloodline has been one of the most dominant forces in WWE, as they have defeated many top stars and teams, such as Daniel Bryan, Edge, Rey and Dominik Mysterio, John Cena, Finn Balor, Brock Lesnar, and AJ Styles and Omos.

They have also been involved in some controversial and dramatic moments, such as when Solo Sikoa debuted at Survivor Series 2022 and helped Reigns defeat Drew McIntyre.

However, Jimmy betraying Jey at SummerSlam 2023 and helping Reigns win the Tribal Combat match, could change the history of The Bloodline forever. We’ll have to wait and watch what they have in store for us.

3. Why Roman Reigns Won Tribal Combat 2023

WWE clearly does not see Jey Uso as the right person to end Reigns’ reign, despite his popularity and performance. Instead, Jey is better suited as a tag team wrestler with his brother Jimmy Uso, rather than a singles star.

Moreover, rumors suggest that WWE is planning to have Cody Rhodes defeat Reigns for the title at WrestleMania 40, after Rhodes lost to Reigns at WrestleMania 39. Jey Uso was just a placeholder opponent for Reigns until Rhodes returns to challenge him again.

Roman Reigns Defeats Jey Uso and Retains Tribal Combat Title
Roman Reigns

It is also possible that WWE is still interested in booking a match between Reigns and his cousin The Rock, who is a Hollywood megastar and a wrestling legend. Adding the title to this match would make it more appealing and prestigious, and therefore Reigns had to keep the title until then.

Lastly, Reigns’ dominant and impressive title run, which has lasted for over 1000 days can be one of the major reasons behind his win. WWE wants Reigns to break records and cement his legacy as one of the greatest champions of all time, and therefore he cannot lose the title anytime soon.

4. Why did Jimmy Uso betray Jey Uso?

Jimmy Uso’s betrayal of Jey Uso in Tribal Combat 2023 was one of the most shocking and heartbreaking moments in WWE history. Jimmy Uso, who had been out of action for months due to an injury, returned at SummerSlam 2023 and attacked his brother, who was on the verge of winning the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship and becoming the Tribal Chief of The Bloodline.

Roman Reigns Defeats Jey Uso and Retains Tribal Combat Title
Jimmy and Jey Uso | Source: WWE

The reason for Jimmy Uso’s betrayal is not clear yet, but there are some possible explanations. One possible reason is that Jimmy Uso was jealous of his brother’s success and opportunity, and he wanted to face Roman Reigns for the title himself.

He might have felt that he deserved a chance to challenge Reigns, since he was the one who first confronted him at Night of Champions 2023, but he was sidelined by an injury. He might have also resented Jey Uso for accepting Reigns’ offer to join The Bloodline, instead of standing by his side.

Another possible reason is that Jimmy Uso was working with Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman all along, and he betrayed his brother as part of their scheme.

He might have been persuaded by Reigns and Heyman to join their side, either by promises of rewards, threats of consequences, or manipulation of his emotions. He might have also had a hidden agenda, such as turning on Reigns in the future or freeing Jey Uso from his influence.

A third possible reason is that Jimmy Uso was brainwashed by Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman, and he betrayed his brother without his own will or awareness. He might have been subjected to some form of psychological or chemical conditioning, such as hypnosis, drugs, or subliminal messages. He might have also been influenced by some supernatural or mystical force, such as a curse, a spell, or a prophecy.

Whatever the case may be, it seems that Jey Uso has lost his chance to become the Tribal Chief and the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. He might need some time to recover from his physical and emotional wounds, and to figure out his relationship with his brother and his cousin. He might also need to find new allies or opponents in WWE.

Roman Reigns, on the other hand, has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest champions of all time, as he has held the title for over 1000 days.

He has also strengthened his grip on The Bloodline as well. He might face new challengers for his title in the future, such as LA Knight, Edge, Cody Rhodes, or even The Rock.

5. About WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., doing business as WWE, is an American professional wrestling promotion. A global integrated media and entertainment company, WWE has also branched out into other fields, including film, American football, and various other business ventures.

WWE shows are sports entertainment, featuring story line-driven, scripted, and partially choreographed matches; though including moves that can put performers at risk of injury, even death, if not performed correctly. It was founded in 1953 as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation and is the largest wrestling promotion in the world. It is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

Pratyasha Sarkar

Pratyasha Sarkar

Officially a student of literature, but unofficially a defence lawyer of fictional characters. I am mostly either feasting on chocolate chip cookies or binge watching sitcoms. Also, I firmly believe mint ice cream tastes like toothpaste.


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