Roman Reigns To Debut New Look Against Jey Uso on Sunday

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  • Roman Reigns defends the Universal Championship against Jey Us on Sunday’s Clash of Champions.
  • Since his return to wrestling last month, Reigns has embraced a heel turn that surprised many.
  • Aside from his new attitude, Reigns said he will bring a new look on Sunday.

Roman Reigns will bring a new look to pair with his new attitude.

The WWE superstar has been in and out of the ring in the last couple of years due to health issues. Since returning to the scene last month, he’s brought a new attitude that is different from his usual poster boy persona.

In his first TV appearance in six month, he donned a shirt that read “Wreck Everyone and Leave”. His alliance with Paul Heyman confirmed the change: Reigns was turning heel. Now, Reigns is set to complete his new look by announcing that he will ditch his upper wear in his next fight.

Said Reigns during a recent Zoom conference call with Mania Club:

“To fans that want me to change my gear, get over it. I’m not going to go out there in trunks. However, if you watch me this Sunday, you’ll probably see me with my shirt off. That’s the only change I’m making [to my attire]. I’m not perfect or a bodybuilder. But I feel confident to go out there and be a scary-looking athlete. Ever since I entered the wrestling business, I did not want my outfit to become a talking point. I’ve always felt like the superstar and not just ‘a costume guy.’”

Reigns also hinted of a new theme music but added that’s not going to happen this weekend. So while we’ll be seeing Roman with his usual SWAT-style cargo pants, expect the new Roman Reigns to be shirtless on Sunday.

Embracing a Heel Turn

At Summer Slam last month, Reigns resurfaced from a six-month absence. The Big Dog attacked both Braun Strowman and The Fiend shortly after the latter captured the WWE Universal title in their Falls Count Anywhere match. A trash-talking Reigns was overheard telling the Fiend “You can’t handle the responsibility” before raising the Universal belt as Summer Slam went off air.

Then in a stunning segment, Reigns appeared with Paul Heyman to embrace a heel turn that took many by surprise. One week later, Reigns reclaimed the Universal Championship by pinning Strowman in a No Holds Barred Triple Threat Match that also involved the Fiend.

Heavy Favorite Against Jey Uso

The Big Dog will defend the WWE Universal Championship against his cousin Jey Uso this Sunday at the Clash of Champions pay-per-view event. Uso won the Fatal Four Way match on WWE SmackDown earlier this month to earn a shot at the Universal championship. After Reigns picked him as his first challenger, the match is set this Sunday at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Reigns is a heavy betting favorite to beat Uso and continue his reign as champion and new role as a heel. The Big Dog is currently a -2500 odds on favorite against Uso who came back at +800. Reigns is universally expected to defend the title. However, Uso would still get the much-needed singles exposure and this helps add another layer to Roman Reigns’ current run as a heel.

Bringing the Viewers Back

Reigns stepped away from wrestling in October 2018 after his Leukemia had returned. After undergoing treatment, he went into remission in February 2019 and resumed his WWE career. But when the coronavirus pandemic broke out, the immuno-compromised star missed Wrestlemania 36 last March to protect his health and because his wife was pregnant. After she gave birth, Reigns still didn’t wrestle although he was already hinting a return in the last couple of months.

While spearing the Strowman and The Fiend wasn’t how fans expected him to return to the WWE, SmackDown couldn’t have been happier with the timing of Reigns’ return as it was registering some of its lowest TV numbers since moving to FOX. SmackDown’s debut attracted 3.869M views in October 2019. Since then, it has lost over a million viewers with its Summer Slam go-home show picking up only 2.168M viewers. The interesting return of Reigns, as a heel and not the poster boy, should bring the fans back.

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