Roman Reigns continued his run of dominance in WWE at Clash at the Castle, and a new report has shed light on why Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre in Cardiff.
Clash at the Castle was WWE’s first stadium show in the UK in over thirty years and much of the hype surrounding the event centred on the last time WWE put on such a show when The British Bulldog defeated Bret Hart to win the Intercontinental Title in Wembley Stadium at SummerSlam 1992.
Scottish star Drew McIntyre was front and centre for the promotion of Clash at the Castle and it was he who took to the main event to challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship.
McIntyre had over 62,000 fans firmly behind him believing that he was the man to end the two-year reign of dominance by Roman Reigns. But thanks to Solo Sikoa, that was not to be.
Sikoa pulled the referee away from the ring to stop a certain three-count, allowing Reigns to recover and pick up the win. As a result, The Tribal Chief has now amassed 1,000 days since he was last pinned in the company.
Dave Meltzer writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has explained the thinking behind having such a deflating end to the show for the UK audience by keeping the title on Reigns. Meltzer writes that the company has a “long-term commitment to Reigns” as the champion and top guy in the company. He added that WWE wants to make him “the legend for this generation” and that’s why his reign continued at the expense of Drew McIntyre.