When Roman Reigns comes down the ramp already talking smack, you know something’s about to go down. He’d ignored King Corbin’s earlier attempts at mocking and ridiculing him, easily rising above such petty baiting. He even held back as Corbin threatened the position of both Mustafa Ali and Shorty G, who Roman had already chosen for his team at Survivor Series. Now, they would have to fight against Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode to keep those spots.
It’s critical to understand that Roman’s decision not to immediately come out doesn’t suggest a lack of support. Despite what Corey Graves said about Roman Reigns having doubts, things couldn’t be further from the truth. As Michael Cole rightly observed, Roman was there to even the odds. Something telling: while Corbin raged and made demands from the ringside, Roman had nothing but encouragement for his boys.
For a time, Roman’s presence alone was a deterrent, but when Corbin offered up his sceptre to Roode as a weapon, then it was time for action. A drive-by out of nowhere served to take Corbin out. Roode took advantage and attacked Roman from behind, sending him into the announce table—only to have Ali dive on Roode from behind. Corbin again tried to interfere with Ali, only to have Roman meet him with a spear. Inside the ring Shorty G downed Dolph Ziggler with a German suplex, just in time for Ali to climb up the turnstile and get the cover with a 450 Splash. When he got the pin, Roman was the one to raise both men’s hands in victory, clearly proud of his team. The chemistry of these three is off the charts! Will this be the year that SmackDown finally prevails in the 5-on-5 at Survivor Series?