Illustration for article titled Monkeys Paw (Or, Be Careful What You Wish For)

Some people know the old story, more yet know the old adage: be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. It’s just something you say, right? But maybe in a world where The Fiend exists... maybe not.


I have to admit it, because I wrote it right here, myself. I wanted Roman Reigns to have a No Disqualification Match against Erick Rowan. I thought it would be a way to level the playing field for Roman, give him the ability to really fight back against the man who was willing to do anything to destroy him and his career. The trouble is, Roman’s still a good guy at heart. This isn’t to say that he didn’t take advantage of the stipulation, he did, but never to the extent that Rowan did. Worst of all, he didn’t realise that his opponent had someone in their corner.

Dean Ambrose has been gone for months. Seth Rollins is tied up with defending the Universal Title, most recently from his former tag-team partner, and that before The Fiend set his sights on him! Even if Roman had known, who would he have asked? It’s an irrelevant question. The fact remains that as soon as Roman began to get the upper hand, Luke Harper attacked, making a dramatic return at Roman’s expense. The match effectively became a 2-on-1 handicap, and as we’ve seen with Shane and his lackeys, Roman can no longer defeat those odds—he went down, with Rowan getting the pin. That might not be enough for the former Wyatt Family member, however. As he slowly backed up the ramp with Harper, Rowan was heard to say, “This isn’t over, Roman. This. Is not. Over.”


Hell in a Cell is next month, and Roman Reigns has fought inside that ominous steel structure before. Is that where this rivalry is headed? Be careful what you wish for.

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