How Did Roman Reigns' Rivals Rock SmackDown?

Champions Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso disrupt Roman Reigns' homecoming.

by Atia Mukhtar
How Did Roman Reigns' Rivals Rock SmackDown?
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In an electrifying development for WWE aficionados, anticipation for Roman Reigns' comeback to SmackDown reaches fever pitch with the unexpected revelation that Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso will also grace the blue brand this Friday.

Having been iconic adversaries of The Tribal Chief, the presence of Cody and Jey throws an intriguing wrench into what already promised to be an explosive night. Jey Uso, a former member of Reigns' faction The Bloodline, and Cody Rhodes, widely known as 'The American Nightmare,' joined forces on RAW after Jey's estrangement from his cousin Roman.

This partnership was solidified when they clinched the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships at Fastlane by besting Damian Priest and Finn Balor. Since that victory, they've been on a roll, even defending their titles on RAW against the formidable duo of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

SmackDown Shakeup

With the season premiere of SmackDown imminent, Cody and Jey have signaled their intent to extend their championship reign to the blue brand. Cody expressed his desire to "defend the gold" on SmackDown, an open challenge eagerly seconded by Jey Uso.

The audacity of their announcement is likely to unsettle Roman Reigns, who was expecting a triumphant return to his stomping grounds. But for WWE fans, the notion of former foes Reigns, Cody, and Jey sharing the same ring once again is a dream scenario.

Social media is ablaze with speculation and excitement over what could be a seminal moment in WWE history. Yet, another specter looms in the shadows for Reigns—Randy Orton, sidelined by The Tribal Chief and The Bloodline over 500 days ago.

While details of Orton's return are scant, Rev Theory, the creators of his iconic theme song "Voices," recently ignited the rumor mill by hinting at the 14-time world champion's return to SmackDown. Given Reigns' dominance over the WWE universe for the last three years, the sudden convergence of past rivals and the whisperings of Orton's return signal turbulent waters ahead for The Tribal Chief.

As we approach this pivotal episode of SmackDown, the tension is palpable, and the WWE Universe is bracing for what promises to be an unforgettable showdown.

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