None of us can act like we didn’t see this coming. Roman Reigns climbs the mountain, retrieves his gold, and then summarily spears his boss, only to be Brogue Licked by Sheamus and Survivor Series has two WWE World Champions in one night.
And the crowd goes mild.
There are so many reasons to be angry at the turn of events from Survivor Series Sunday night, I am not sure where to begin.
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Three solid matches in the WWE World Title Tournament – not great but solid performances – with an essential squash match for Undertaker and Kane and two traditional Survivor Series matches that I could have done without.
Dare I say the Divas match between Paige and Charlotte might have been one of the better matches of the night? But it did nothing to tell a story of a champion exacting revenge, only a woman who upped her game a bit and looked like someone who may turn heel at times.
This is your WWE, my friends. Get used to it.
If you are looking for positives about Sheamus walking out of Atlanta with gold around his waist, it could be that Vince McMahon and Triple H finally agreed on something.
Vince wanted Reigns to capture the title, which he did, and for Sheamus to align himself with The Authority, which happened in a blink of an eye – to no one’s surprise.
Reigns winning was fine, except he should have beaten Sheamus after spearing Triple H, kept the title, looked over the crowd at Phillips Arena and headed to TLC for a rematch with Dean Ambrose, where Ambrose turned heel.
Being an arm chair general manager is great, especially when you can do it from 350 miles away.
Keeping things ticking over
Sheamus is the transition champion, the time saver, the man who will allow Vince and the boys to figure this out, to come up with a master plan to save the company from itself.
He also gives WWE time for John Cena and Daniel Bryan to make their way back to the roster and potentially bring Samoa Joe up from NXT. There is a word here I am afraid to use, but will use it with a big gulp and a shot of whiskey by my side.
There is 'potential' in this ending no one liked.
Obviously. there is a rematch with Reigns to be had at TLC. There is some confusion as to what happens with Ambrose and, somewhere, WWE has to figure out what to do with Kevin Owens, who will become another face in the crowd and never a top champion unless he adds Triple H to his side as an advisor.
Again, it’s pretty easy being an arm chair general manager when you can see everything through a television screen and Internet on a computer.
It’s my job to keep you informed.
How WWE takes this ending and turns it into a happy one is not yet determined. Sheamus won’t be on top of the mountain for long.
He has been toiling in jobber land for some time now. He now gets heat from the fans, which elevates him back to super villain status. Fans didn’t want Reigns to be their champion for a myriad of reasons. They don’t like the Sheamus move even more. Which one is the lesser of two evils?
Which one makes Vince more money and which one buys this company some time to realise the error of its ways? Sheamus wins by a landslide.
Now, on with the story of how Reigns picks himself off, dusts off the sad look on his face and climbs the mountain again.
And we are back where we started at this time last year, trying to build the perfect beast, err face of a new WWE.