Roman Reigns Retains WWE Universal Title vs. Strowman with Goldberg Watching

Roman Reigns Retains WWE Universal Title vs. Strowman with Goldberg Watching

Roman Reigns presents the best coach award at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Roman Reigns retained his WWE Universal championship against Braun Strowman on SmackDown after catching him with a guillotine, leading to a submission victory: 

WWE @WWE

Is @BraunStrowman going to tap?!?!?

#SmackDown #UniversalTitle @WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle https://t.co/tcQQ9PlTLt

Reigns won the title with Goldberg watching as a member of the virtual crowd in the ThunderDome.

The champion got off to a hot start with a Superman punch as his cousin and Hell in a Cell opponent Jey Uso watched from the back:

WWE on FOX @WWEonFOX

Superman Punch to start this one. This one won’t be pretty. #SmackDown https://t.co/sO5ftKlZRA

WWE @WWE

Jey @WWEUsos is keeping a close eye on this #UniversalTitle showdown…

#SmackDown #HIAC https://t.co/XW8Zg3P3eg

Strowman eventually went on the offensive, however, tossing Reigns over the announcer table and knocking him over the fan barricade:

WWE @WWE

Look out!! 😮

#SmackDown #UniversalTitle @BraunStrowman @WWERomanReigns https://t.co/oNb4CvJYak

WWE on FOX @WWEonFOX

We haven’t seen @WWERomanReigns manhandled like this in a long time! #SmackDown https://t.co/NmOFwSj5pV

The match looked all but over when Strowman chokeslammed Reigns:

WWE on FOX @WWEonFOX

“I’M NOT FINISHED WITH YOU!” – @BraunStrowman #SmackDown https://t.co/8g4Ox4l1Qz

However, Reigns later countered a Strowman maneuver into a guillotine choke. Despite the big man’s best efforts, he slowly faded before losing by submission.

After the match, Uso came to the ring, and Reigns pleaded with his cousin to side with him, end their feud and call off the Hell in a Cell fight. He then implored Uso to attack Strowman as Reigns had just brutally done with a spear and a chair post-match.

WWE on FOX @WWEonFOX

#TheTribalChief @WWERomanReigns sends a message to Jey @WWEUsos. #SmmackDown https://t.co/gxhs7O3TSN

WWE @WWE

MESSAGE. SENT.

#SmackDown #HAIC @WWERomanReigns @WWEUsos @HeymanHustle https://t.co/etduJUBAo7

Instead, Uso attacked Reigns, who got him back quickly before the show faded to black:

WWE @WWE

Get these two inside Hell in a Cell ASAP!

#SmackDown @WWERomanReigns @WWEUsos @HeymanHustle https://t.co/oX5eAy5H11

The two cousins’ Hell in a Cell match on Sunday, Oct. 25 will feature an “I Quit” stipulation, marking the first time a HIAC match has featured it.

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