We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. — 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV
It’s said there’s honour among thieves, but I don’t think King Corbin cares about what Roman Reigns did to Robert Roode out of anything resembling that. Roode is one of only two lackeys that Corbin has managed to acquire for his “court”. With his powerbase further threatened, Corbin’s motive was simply revenge. Despite being “bigger and stronger” as Roman himself stated, Corbin has not been able to get the job done. With one man down, that’s even less likely to change. Rather than trusting to the opportunities that a true TLC match offers, Corbin decided to strike early, and from a direction few would expect.
For the entirety of Friday night, Corbin threatened to humiliate Roman. This, too, speaks to his need to undermine Roman’s natural authority in the locker room. Overpowering him and beating him down has not been enough, and he knows it. So how would Corbin, of all people, manage to humiliate the Big Dog?
After Roman’s match with Ziggler, the answer came by way of Ol’ Roy: six cans of it. Enlisting his palanquin-bearers to overpower and restrain Roman, Corbin and Ziggler covered him with the slop, mocking him all the while.
A moment, if you will. For anyone who has ever read Prince Caspian, recall what happened to Aslan at the Stone Table. Though they bound him and mocked him, Aslan bore it all silently. While Roman did not quite manage such stoicism, there came a moment at the very end where Ziggler grabbed him by the hair, forcing him to look at Corbin. Roman did so without fighting, without flinching. Whatever Corbin saw in his eyes enraged him, and he struck Roman down with his sceptre. Laughing, he walked away, clearly thinking he’d won.
But it wasn’t over. What Corbin seems to have missed, as he and Ziggler were making their way to the back, is Roman’s scream of absolute fury. They also missed the fact that, despite all that had been done to him, Roman still made time for the fans, when surely all he wanted was to get to the locker room. He would not allow Corbin to change him.
One man was humiliated on Friday Night SmackDown, but it was King Corbin, not Roman Reigns.