Thursday, May 30, 2019

Roman Reigns, R-Truth, And The 24/7 Title

If you watched SmackDown LIVE this week, you should have a pretty good idea of where this piece is going. If not, you'll need to be caught up on a few things.

The main thing you need to know is that R-Truth interrupted the Shane McMahon appreciation celebration, and successfully defended his 24/7 Title from Drake Maverick. Shane's crew didn't take too kindly to this, and Elias became the champion.

Shane then suspended the 24/7 rule until "the end of the main event" so Elias could focus on that match. That match saw Drew McIntyre & Elias (w/ Shane McMahon in their corner) take on R-Truth & Roman Reigns.

Got it? Good.

With that scenario laid out in front of you, I'm guessing you can see where this is going. Roman Reigns wins the match for his team by Spearing Elias. Roman then Spears Elias again, and the crowd roars as R-Truth pins Elias to regain his 24/7 Title.

What's the point of all this?

Well, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful asked a question (which I thought was totally fair as it crossed my mind as well), but many didn't take kindly too...
Did this make Roman Reigns look nice, or just make it look like he didn't give a shit about the 24/7 Title?
As I just said, I think that is a perfectly fair question. Others took it to be unnecessarily snarky or nitpicking for the sake of nitpicking, but I think it is fair to ask.

Here's my take...I think in a wrestling world where we often complain about a lack of true good guys/babyfaces/heroes, what Roman Reigns did for his friend R-Truth was admirable.

Roman knows how much that title meant to his friend AND he knows that (while within the rules) the way he lost it was BS. He also had an opportunity to stick it to Shane McMahon and his crew, and honestly he doesn't need the headache of defending that title.

Some pointed out that The Shield was always talking about injustice, and Roman's action was all about righting an injustice. 

Others took it even further and tied some of Roman's comments about what his return to the ring would look like and pointed out that he has stated "it isn't about title" in that his focus has changed in light of his health concerns.

Of course, the biggest thing is if you put that title on Roman how do you get it away from him without making him look like a geek? That's the real issue.

All that said, I will maintain in a completely character-driven way what Roman Reigns did for his buddy made perfect sense and was a legitimate feel-good moment that the live crowd absolutely loved. I hope the viewers at home did as well, I certainly did.