SmackDown commenced with the highly anticipated “Trial of Roman Reigns,” which culminated in Jey Uso taking matters into his own hands, assuming the roles of judge, jury, and executioner. Following a brutal attack by The Bloodline, Jey Uso is determined to seek vengeance for his brother, Jimmy Uso, who was carried out on a stretcher.
In a significant upset, The Usos emerged victorious over Reigns and Solo Sikoa at Money in the Bank, marking the first time Reigns has been pinned in over three years. Rather than witnessing the downfall of Reigns’ empire, this defeat only seemed to fuel his vindictiveness, bringing forth an even more ruthless persona.
Friday’s event also showcased the return of Hall of Famer Edge, who competed in his first match in nearly two months. Additionally, there was a United States championship title defense and exciting in-ring action featuring the likes of former world champion AJ Styles.
Throughout the evening, CBS Sports provided comprehensive coverage, delivering recaps and highlights of all the thrilling moments from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Jey Uso calls for a trial by combat following The Bloodline’s brutal attack
Reigns faced taunts from the crowd, with chants of “you got pinned” echoing in MSG. The Usos presented a video package showcasing Reigns’ darkest moments, which stirred his emotions. Reigns expressed his frustration, feeling the weight of the family’s responsibility on his shoulders. He handed his necklace and championship to Jey Uso, signaling his detachment from The Bloodline. Jey Uso was then attacked by Reigns and Sikoa, while Jimmy Uso also faced a brutal assault. After a break, Jey Uso returned, seeking revenge on Reigns and Sikoa. The segment ended with Jey Uso challenging Reigns to a one-on-one match, claiming to be his “judge, jury, and executioner.”
The intense opening angle showcased the ongoing tension within The Bloodline, with Reigns’ conflicting emotions adding depth to the story. The beatdown on Jimmy Uso was more severe than usual, fueling Jey Uso’s determination. The possibility of Sikoa’s leadership aspirations and Reigns distancing himself from him added intriguing layers to the narrative. The segment set the stage for a potential Reigns vs. Jey Uso clash at SummerSlam, promising a captivating storyline. Overall, it was a standout opening and closing segment, showcasing depth and nuance.