The rivalry between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman has, so far, included: tables, stairs, backstage attacks, stretcher attacks, and flipped ambulances. On September 16, 2018, it will get even more extreme when the Big Dog and The Monster Among Men face off in Hell in a Cell.
Last week’s RAW closed with Reigns calling on The Shield for backup to stop Strowman from cashing in his Money in the Bank contract right after Reigns’ title match with Finn Balor. This week’s show opened with the fallout
Reigns accused Strowman of being cowardly by trying to cash in while he was down, and Strowman was pissed off about the three-on-one attack that stopped what was technically going to be a fair match. Strowman declared he would use his MITB contract for a Universal Championship match at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, where The Shield definitely can’t get involved. Reigns agreed and it seemed like this rivalry was back to straight-up wrestling.
But in the Reigns and Strowman vs. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre main event tag team match, we saw that The Monster Among Men actually didn’t want to hold off on his revenge until HIAC: When Reigns tagged Strowman in, he stayed outside the ring and let his tag partner get double-teamed by Ziggler and McIntyre for so long that the match ended in a disqualification. Strowman then got in on the beating-up-Roman action, and he, Ziggler, and McIntyre were able to take down the uncoordinated Shield when Ambrose and Rollins tried to even the odds.
Braun Strowman has always been unpredictable—with his main constants being that he’s huge, not finished with Roman, and always ready to deliver those hands—but after tonight’s payback, does he consider himself and the Big Dog even? Does The Shield? We’ll have to wait until next week to find out.