Roman Reigns reportedly unhappy about ‘unplanned spot’ during WarGames

In the chaos of a WarGames match, one imagines there’s always the chance for an “unplanned spot” or two.

Things don’t always go according to plan during pro wrestling matches, and that’s doubly true when they’re as chaotic as the WarGames matches WWE just held at Survivor Series. That can lead to the participants being upset about what goes down, which may have been the case Saturday night with Roman Reigns.

According to Fightful Select, Reigns was not happy after the main event of Survivor Series in Boston, and delivered an “expletive filled” expression of his discontent. He also may have been injured, referring to “possibly having a ruptured ear drum.”

What caused his unhappiness? Fightful Select’s sources point to “an unplanned spot between he and Kevin Owens” while adding that it isn’t expected to affect their ability to work together going forward — no small thing since there have been reports that Reigns and Owens could face off at Royal Rumble.

Considering the overall number of moves and spots in a WarGames match, it’s difficult to single out any particular sequence that could have been the culprit, though Reigns and Owens did get paired together late in the bout. Owens hit several of his signature moves on the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion only to have longtime friend (and current Bloodline member) Sami Zayn prevent the referee from making the three count.

Reigns and Owens both have reputations as utmost professionals who know how to be as safe as possible while working even some dangerous looking spots, so this certainly sounds like something that falls into the “things happen” category. A ruptured eardrum, while painful, also generally heals on its own over the course of a several weeks, so it shouldn’t cause Reigns to miss any time even if it ends up being a confirmed diagnosis.

If nothing else, this should serve as a reminder that even the very best pro wrestlers don’t always have everything play out exactly the way they envision ahead of time, so all they can do is control the things they can control and hope for the best.

WWE may have its Roman Reigns plans until WrestleMania figured out

The Head of the Table may get some popular challengers for the two premium live events ahead of WrestleMania next year.

Thanks in large part to Sami Zayn, Roman Reigns and the Bloodline left Survivor Series WarGames looking stronger than ever. But even though Reigns looks like he will sail into 2023 with his grip on both the WWE Championship and Universal Championship as tight as ever, he’s almost certainly going to have to defend those titles before WrestleMania 39 next spring, and WWE may have determined who will get the opportunity to challenge for them.

Specifically, cited its WWE sources in a report this past weekend that Reigns will have title matches at both Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber against wrestlers who figured into the Men’s WarGames match at Survivor Series.

(Last chance to turn back before potential spoilers … ) is told by WWE sources that the current plan for Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble is for him to defend the WWE Universal Championship against Kevin Owens.

A few weeks back we heard discussions about Sami Zayn facing Roman Reigns in a singles match at the Rumble but we’re told that the Zayn vs. Reigns match is not going to happen until the February Elimination Chamber pay-per-view happening in Zayn’s hometown of Montreal, Quebec.

A few other interesting tidbits include the sources saying Sheamus was originally going to get the title shot at Royal Rumble, which makes sense given his personal resurgence over the past few months, and that Owens and Zayn are still planned to unite as a tag team to challenge for the tag team titles at WrestleMania.

None of this is particularly surprising given the tremendous success of the Bloodline saga as a whole and the continually inspired storytelling of having Zayn become part of that group. While he proved his loyalty for the time being at Survivor Series, there remains a sense that over the long haul, his friendship with Owens will emerge as stronger than his need to be part of Reigns’ family. Add in the fact that Elimination Chamber is being held in Montreal, Zayn’s hometown, and these plans, if accurate, seem to be pitch perfect.

As for KO, he’s already revealed that his reason for siding with the Brawling Brutes was his unfinished business with Reigns, particularly his assertion that he nearly ended the champ’s historic title run before it started. If he is indeed the next man up to challenge for the undisputed championship, we could find out before 2022 comes to a close.

WWE Survivor Series 2022 results: WarGames times two

Get complete WWE Survivor Series WarGames results from TD Garden in Boston.

War … what is it good for? Absolutely nothing when it’s the real thing, but when it’s WarGames we’re talking about, it should be fine entertainment. WWE Survivor Series 2022 is giving us a double dose of WarGames from the TD Garden in Boston, with one of the dual-ring, steel cage, team-based matches for the men and women.

The former will see the Bloodline take on a coalition of the Brawling Brutes, Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens. While Roman Reigns‘ faction would figure to have an edge in solidarity due to their familial bonds, all is not harmonious on the Island of Relevancy as KO has already managed to get inside the head of Honorary Uce Sami Zayn. Whether Sami’s loyalty might be found wanting at the worst possible time is just one of the subplots worth watching on Saturday night.

The Women’s WarGames match should be no less intriguing, as a team gathered by Bianca Belair attempts to prevail over Damage CTRL and their two enthusiastic allies, Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley. The late addition of Becky Lynch could be a blessing, a curse or both, but it’s sure to shake up an already combustible situation.

Three other matches will try their best to steal the card. Seth Rollins will defend his United States Championship against both Bobby Lashley and Austin Theory, Shotzi will attempt to write the next chapter of her underdog story by toppling Ronda Rousey, and AJ Styles will take a shot at putting The Judgment Day behind him once and for all if he can defeat former friend Finn Balor.

We’ll be updating this post with live WWE Survivor Series results all night, including for the two WarGames matches. Bookmark this page and check back throughout the evening for all the latest from what should be an eventful show from Boston.

WWE SmackDown results: ‘Twas the night before WarGames …

Get full WWE SmackDown results for the November 25, 2022 episode from Providence, the night before Survivor Series WarGames.

Hope everyone got all their Black Friday shopping in today, because tonight it’s time for WWE SmackDown. With Survivor Series only 24 hours away, there’s still some important business to take care of in Providence before the scene shifts a little up the road to Boston on Saturday.

For starters, there’s the not insignificant deal of who will get the advantage for the Men’s WarGames match. Sheamus and Drew McIntyre would figure to have a good shot at securing it against just about any two opponents, but their problem is that it’s not just any two opponents, it’s the undisputed tag team champions, The Usos. Will the Bloodline go into Survivor Series with the upper hand as usual?

Bianca Belair already knows her side will be at a disadvantage against Team Damage CTRL in the Women’s WarGames match, but she has an ace still to play: She hasn’t revealed the fifth member of her side. Get ready for the rook to be blown off the arena if it’s someone we haven’t seen in the while … like, say Becky Lynch or (dare we hope) Sasha Banks.

The SmackDown World Cup is rolling on this Friday as well, with the semifinal matches both on the card. One bout will be an all-USA affair as Ricochet tries to topple the much larger Braun Strowman, while the other match will have more international flavor as Santos Escobar collides with Butch.

There’s more that’s been announced as well, but we want to wrap up this preamble and get to the good stuff. If you’re done with your shopping and will be watching live on FOX tonight, awesome. If not, please bookmark this page and check back throughout the evening, as we’ll be updating it with the latest and greatest WWE SmackDown results from Providence as they happen.

WWE Survivor Series WarGames preview: When and where it’s going down, what to expect

Get ready for WWE Survivor Series WarGames with our full preview, including the start time, card and predictions for every match.

Let’s face it: For one of the traditional big WWE events, Survivor Series needed a refresh. Triple H and company have given it exactly that by folding in a fan favorite match from NXT — but whose roots go back much further to when it was originally invented by Dusty Rhodes during his Jim Crockett Promotions days — to create the first ever Survivor Series WarGames.

For those who have never seen the namesake match, it involves two teams doing battle within a steel cage large enough to contain two wrestling rings side by side. While one competitor from each team starts out the match, another enters every few minutes. That means the team that sends someone in first will always have an edge for a bit (two-on-one, three-on-two, etc.), which is why that advantage is valuable enough to compete for in matches leading up to the event.

The match doesn’t even officially get underway until everyone on both teams has entered, so the goal is to simply do as much damage as possible before that. To that end, all weapons are legal, and the only way to win this WWE version of WarGames is by pinfall or submission.

It’s a logical fit for Survivor Series, which has long been the domain of team vs. team matches, though traditionally they have been elimination affairs. Still, if there was any gimmick match that contained some of the event’s historical DNA, this is it.

Along with both men’s and women’s WarGames matches, there have been a handful of other matches announced, including two title bouts. While more could still be added, the WarGames matches figure to both go pretty long, so don’t expect this to end up with a dozen matches on the card when it’s all said and done.

WWE Survivor Series WarGames

  • When: Saturday, November 26
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston
  • Start time: 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT
  • How to watch: On Peacock in the U.S., or on WWE Network internationally
  • Matches announced: 5

Keep scrolling for our complete WWE Survivor Series WarGames preview, including the stories behind every match and what to expect.

WWE doesn’t confirm WrestleMania 43 in Nashville, but doesn’t deny it either

Small by NFL standards is still just fine for WrestleMania.

Considering that WrestleMania has long past the point where it can be held in anything except large outdoor stadiums, it only makes sense that if a city builds, say, a fancy new NFL stadium, it would be in consideration for the Showcase of the Immortals sometime in the next few years.

That’s what the city of Nashville believes, as it will likely soon have a shiny new home for the Tennessee Titans. The $2.1 billion facility will have a roof and seat around 60,000 people for football games — which, interestingly, will make it the smallest stadium in the NFL.

It’s still plenty big for WrestleMania, however, which is why it made sense this week when The Tennessean reported that WWE would bring the event to Nashville in 2027 as long as the new stadium is complete, especially after successfully holding SummerSlam at the Titans’ current stadium this year. Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., made it sound like it was a done deal.

“The minute the mayor’s office and the Titans released the stadium term sheet, we started looking for opportunities,” Spyridon said to The Tennessean. “WWE had an incredible experience at Nissan Stadium this past summer, and we started talking. WrestleMania is considered the No. 6 top sports event brand in the world, and we are grateful for their confidence and belief in Nashville.”

Before you start making plans for WrestleMania 43, though, take note that WWE didn’t confirm or deny the report in its statement (h/t Fightful).

Nashville has exploded as a cultural center in the United States and as the land of opportunity. WWE looks forward to hosting many events in partnership with the great city of Nashville at the proposed enclosed stadium.

The lack of clarification isn’t unusual, as WWE generally only officially announces WrestleMania sites two years out at most. At the moment, only WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles in April and WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia in 2024 have been revealed.

The Nashville stadium also actually needs to be built, so even if WWE has a handshake agreement with the city, there’s no reason to announce anything just in case that doesn’t happen in time. In any case, to paraphrase a famous movie line, it does appear that for cities who want to host WrestleMania in the future to take advantage of the sweet, sweet economic benefits, if you build a new outdoor stadium, WWE may come.

WWE Raw results: Who gets the advantage at WarGames?

Get WWE Raw results for the November 21, 2022 episode from Albany, with advantage in the women’s WarGames match at Survivor Series at stake.

Like Scooby Doo and his pals, we at Wrestling Junkie love a good mystery. That’s relevant because so much of this week’s Raw from Albany, NY remained unknown even as of Monday afternoon.

Occasionally the official WWE previews simply won’t reveal much of the card, and this was one of those times. The match we do know about is huge: Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley, with the winner gaining their team the advantage in the Women’s WarGames match at Survivor Series.

Might the chance to send someone new into WarGames a few minutes before the other team not prove to be all that big a deal? Sure. But it’s one of those things where you’d rather have the advantage than allow your opponents to have it, so Asuka and Rhea will undoubtedly be going all out to sew it up. We wouldn’t be shocked if their teammates got involved either.

Speaking of which, Team Bianca Belair is still one woman short, with rumors suggesting their fifth spot was supposed to go to Candice LeRae until injury forced a change of plans. We don’t know if that’s true or not (it would have made sense, however), but we expect that some clarity on the final participant in the WarGames bout may come tonight. We’re running out of days, if nothing else.

It’s likely we’ll see something involving Seth Rollins, since his United States Championship is now the top prize on Raw, as well as Austin Theory, who appears to have turned a page in his career and is done playing around.

In any case, there are three hours of Raw to fill, so logic dictates that there’s a whole lot we don’t know about yet, and we’re fine with that. If you will be watching everything unfold on USA, enjoy. If not, please consider bookmarking this page and checking back as we update it with the latest WWE Raw results as they take place in Albany.

Roman Reigns says his time at the top of WWE has ‘only begun, it’s going to get bigger’

When you’re the Head of the Table, you’re allowed to mix metaphors to describe your success.

Sometimes wrestling fans spend to much energy on what’s next, they don’t take time to appreciate what’s now. That seems to be the mind set of Roman Reigns as he ponders his time as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion and unquestioned top dog in the company.

Reigns has held the Universal Championship for more than two years, and added the WWE Championship at WrestleMania earlier this year. With no title defenses currently scheduled, there’s every chance he rolls into 2023 in possession of both belts.

Of course, all good things eventually come to an end, and even though Reigns has the Bloodline backing him in addition to a lengthy run without being pinned in a WWE ring, that’s led many to ponder both who and when he might be toppled.

But as Reigns recently told The Ringer (h/t Fightful), he’s not nearing the end of his time atop the business at all, but rather right in the heart of it.

“I’m right in the middle of it,” Reigns said. “People want these interviews, they want to do these documentaries. But this is the bottom of the third inning to me. We’re in the second quarter of the Super Bowl right now. Just wait, man. We’ve done this in turbulent times, through a pandemic, through the biggest change of all time in this business. And we’ve done it seamlessly. We’ve done it without falter.

“Down the road, 20 years from now when we start giving out all these crazy details of the inside, inside, there’s just going to be even deeper respect for the performances that we’ve been putting on. Man, it’s been a hell of a journey. But it’s only begun. It’s going to get bigger.”

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One thing we know for sure is that Reigns isn’t going to lose his titles at the next WWE premium live event, though he will be a big part of it. The Bloodline will face a team consisting of the Brawling Brutes, Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens in a WarGames match this Saturday in Boston at Survivor Series.

Opening Bell: Survivor Series WarGames beckons, AEW finds a contender for MJF

Get set for the week in WWE and AEW with Opening Bell: quick previews of Raw, SmackDown, Dynamite and Rampage.

Welcome to the Opening Bell, where we round up what’s been announced for WWE (Raw and SmackDown) and AEW (Dynamite and Rampage) programming for the week we’ve just begun.

WWE Raw preview – Monday, November 21, MVP Arena, Albany, NY

Before you dig into your turkey and stuffing or other foods of choice this week, there’s business to take care of on Raw. The women’s WarGames teams are set for Survivor Series, but which side will have the advantage is up for grabs on Monday in Albany.

To settle that important question, Asuka will take on Rhea Ripley. The winner will get a numerical advantage every few minutes during WarGames, so both Team Bianca Belair and Team Damage CTRL will be watching anxiously (and perhaps even intervening) to see who comes out on top.

And that’s all WWE has officially revealed for this week’s show so far. Considering Survivor Series WarGames only has four matches announced and the women’s match still has one participant yet to be revealed, smart money suggests we’ll get some answers on Monday night.

AEW Dynamite preview – Wednesday, November 23, Wintrust Arena, Chicago

AEW is headed back to one of its homes away from home, the Windy City, for the pre-Thanksgiving episode of Dynamite. The biggest thing on the card is determining a No. 1 contender for MJF, who you may have heard is now the AEW World Champion following Full Gear. Ethan Page and Ricky Starks will wrestle for that honor in the final of a tournament that’s been going for a few weeks.

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But the show is pretty loaded beyond that. The Elite and Death Triangle tore it down at Full Gear, where it was revealed they’re going to do it again … and again and again, in a best-of-7 series for the AEW World Trios Championship. Match two takes place Wednesday on Dynamite.

Chris Jericho is still The Ocho, but he’ll get a formidable challenge for his ROH World Championship from Tomohiro Ishii of NJPW. And Orange Cassidy, who’s been putting his All-Atlantic Championship on the line regularly, will face perhaps his physically biggest test as champ in the form of Jake Hager (and his purple bucket hat).

A good night of wrestling before turkey? It sounds like it.

AEW Rampage preview – Friday, November 25, Wintrust Arena, Chicago (recorded on November 23)

We still don’t know much about what AEW has planned for Rampage this holiday week, but we do know one thing: It’s not going to be on at 10 p.m. ET like usual.

Nope, Rampage is moving earlier, much earlier, for this pre-taped show from the Chi. It will air at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on TNT. So … just be thankful for some afternoon wrestling, we suppose.

WWE SmackDown preview – Friday, November 25, Amica Mutual Pavilion, Providence, RI

We’re bummed this venue is no longer the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, even though we’re sure the folks at Amica Mutual are lovely. It’s unusual to know much more about the SmackDown card than the Raw card on a Monday, but that’s exactly the case here for this big show on the night before Survivor Series.

The men’s WarGames advantage will be up for grabs in a tag team match between the undisputed champs, The Usos, and the brothers from another mother, Sheamus and Drew McIntyre. It would certainly help the Brawling Brutes and company if they can gain an edge over the Bloodline.

Speaking of the Brutes, another one of their own, Butch, is still alive in the SmackDown World Cup, and will take on Santos Escobar Friday in one semifinal. The other semifinal will also take place in Providence, when Ricochet goes up against Braun Strowman.

Last but certainly not least, Shotzi and Ronda Rousey continue to circle each other ahead of their title match at Survivor Series WarGames. They’ll meet in a tag team match Friday, with Shotzi teaming with Raquel Rodriguez while Rousey calls upon her BFF, Shayna Baszler.

You’ll be all shopped out by Black Friday night anyway, so this is the best possible way to end Thanksgiving week.

WWE SmackDown results: World Cup time! No, not that World Cup …

Get WWE SmackDown results for the Nov. 18, 2022 episode from Hartford, featuring two more SmackDown World Cup first-round matches.

While the football World Cup may not be allowing beer near the proceedings, we’re all in favor of cracking open a cold one for WWE SmackDown in Hartford this week, whether you are at the arena or watching at home.

(Neither if you have to drive anywhere, though, please be responsible.)

It’s not just a random cheap shot we’re taking at soccer, however, because the SmackDown World Cup is very much a part of the action on this week’s show. One first-round match will see Butch take on Sami Zayn in what should be an excellent contest. As well, you may recall that their respective groups, the Brawling Brutes and the Bloodline, have been at each other’s throats quite a bit. Could that lead to a WarGames match at Survivor Series? All signs point to yes.

The other first-round World Cup match doesn’t have the same faction-related intrigue, but should still be a barnburner nonetheless. We’re talking Ricochet vs. Mustafa Ali, which means you should hold onto your butts. High-flying moves? You’re about to see some.

And in the women’s division, Shotzi won the right to call herself the next contender for Ronda Rousey‘s SmackDown Women’s Championship. But before she gets that opportunity, she’ll do battle with Rousey’s right-hand woman, Shayna Baszler. Can Shotzi prove something to herself … and Rousey?

With Survivor Series WarGames just eight days away, there’s bound to be a bit more in terms of solidifying that card. There’s also every chance we’ll see Bray Wyatt, since SmackDown is supposed to be his show. All good reasons to tune in to FOX, or to simply bookmark this page for the latest WWE SmackDown results as they happen from Hartford.