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As he flew into Vancouver on Friday, Roman Reigns remarked that SmackDown started in about an hour, and he still didn’t have a tag partner for his upcoming match. He wasn’t scheduled to face King Corbin or his lackeys, but on the other hand, he didn’t have The Usos. He’s proven in the past that he can stand without them, but it’s been clear that he is very happy within The Bloodline.

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Speculation ran rampant among the WWE Universe as to who Roman’s partner might be. There were hopes for Mustafa Ali, which suggests that their brief partnership hasn’t been forgotten by the fans. Though fans were disappointed of that hope, Roman did choose someone he’s partnered with in the past: Daniel Bryan. Impromptu team or not, their chemistry carried the match to victory, with Roman getting the pin on The Mix. Though an engaging match, it almost became secondary in light of what was to come.

It’s been said again and again: King Corbin is a coward, King Corbin is afraid to face Roman Reigns. He only attacks when he has a numeric advantage, or from behind. The latter was his choice on Friday night, smashing his sceptre into the back of the Big Dog’s head. The surprise was only in the moment, because that is typical behaviour for King Corbin. So was the fact that he ran for the safety of his palanquin, at the top of the ramp.

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Corbin’s cowardice may have cost him. Interested only in gloating from far, far away, he missed something—Roman seeming to smile through the pain, at the very end. Where have we seen this before? When he laughed in Brock Lesnar’s face at WrestleMania 31. Roman does not fear for himself, as Corbin does. He also tends to disregard pain. No stranger to cage matches, and with no need to rely on sneak attacks or lackeys, his chances at Super Showdown are looking very good indeed. King Corbin can gloat all he likes; it’s entirely possible that Roman Reigns will have the last laugh.

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