No one in WWE’s talent hierarchy is higher than Roman Reigns these days; Head of the Table isn’t just a clever nickname. For several years, Reigns has been the focal point of WWE creative, and that hasn’t changed under Paul Levesque’s creative leadership. Being in such a position carries some clout, and according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Reigns used some of his creative clout in choosing two of his peers to collaborate with on his long-term Bloodline storyline Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens.
Nevertheless, a spot among Owens and Reigns during last weekend’s WarGames fight at Survivor Series caused some backstage tension between the two. Whereas Reigns was upset about an unexpected moment and the injury that resulted from it, everything appears to be on track for all parties moving forward. At this point, it appears likely that Owens would then confront Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship possibly at the Royal Rumble and Zayn will be just as engaged, with his emotional ties to both Reigns and Owens playing a role in how things play out.
The Head of the Table
Roman Reigns is the Head of the Table as well as the WWE’s Undisputed Universal Champion, but that does not make him immune to nervousness. His nerves were frayed at Clash of Champions in 2020. There was no live audience, just a ring, umpire Charles Robinson, Reigns, & his opponent, Jey Uso, during the height of the pandemic.
The Tribal Chief recently reflected fondly on that night and what it meant to his cousin in particular. I’ve never been so nervous for anyone I’ve ever fought. Reigns expressed his desire to see one half of the Uso brothers prosper. I want everyone to succeed, but I’m not going to lower my standards. That night, Reigns pushed the match as far as he can before Jimmy Uso threw in the towel on his brother’s behest. It was a match with little prep time. It all came down to the connection between Reigns and his cousin.