His match with Rusev changed everything for Roman Reigns

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This past Friday on Smackdown, we were treated to a main event that I was really looking forward to.

Roman Reigns, the powerhouse of the Shield and arguably the most popular superstar in the WWE right now took on the big Russian, Rusev.

It was a main event that was advertised on RAW the previous Monday and lets face it, everyone was looking forward to it.

Even though, the ending was pretty obvious before the match, with so much heat around Reigns, he was never going to be pinned just before Battleground and Rusev is still yet to lose so it was unlikely he would be pinned either.

Everyone was left to question would it be Jack Swagger interfering and targeting Rusev or would it be the Authority targeting Reigns.

Turned out it was Randy Orton who would get involved and as Smackdown ended, Reigns was left laying in the ring following the attack by both Orton and Rusev.

For me, the match turned out to be more an eye opener than anything else, Rusev's ability in matches that last longer than 90 seconds has still to be really tested.

He had a few matches with Big E that went on for a few minutes but never more than a few encounters really, his match at Battleground against Jack Swagger may bring something new but right now, who knows.

But what about Reigns?

Well since the Shield broke up, Reigns has been used as a very effective superstar, he comes out at certain times, kicks a** and stands tall in the end.

It is why he has risen to the top and been accepted so well by the WWE Universe - that and a little bit of help from the neck injury to Daniel Bryan.

But the impression I was left with after the main event on Smackdown, was contrary to what I had previously argued.

When John Cena emerged victorious at Money in the Bank and newer superstars had seemingly been overlooked for a title run, I questioned the decision.

Then the match on Friday showed me that while Reigns is incredible in a match where he can duck out and then come in to clear house (tag team matches/ MITB).

Many people had told me that Reigns wasn't ready for the title, it was too soon etc. and I disagreed right up until Friday.

Now Reigns is in the fatal-4-way at Battleground for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and everyone has their own opinions on who will win it (I personally think it will be Cena).

Whatever happens at Battleground, I can imagine Reigns not emerging victorious and having a few more big feuds before finally getting his hands on the titles.

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