Tribal Chief Roman Reigns defeated Big E at Survivor Series, but he was made to work incredibly hard for his victory by a more than spirited challenge from Big E.
The slow building rivalry between WWE Champion Big E and Universal Champion Roman Reigns finally came to a head at Survivor Series with the Head of the Table emerging victorious.
Much of the bout was fought at a hard-hitting yet slow and methodical pace with both men firing off huge strikes while bidding to out-power the other.
The match really kicked up a gear as Big E survived two Superman Punches to stand tall and challenge Reigns to keep brining the pain. The Tribal Chief even broke out a Rock Bottom before being hit with a devastating diving Spear through the ropes. But by the time that Big E got back in the ring, Reigns countered with a Spear of his own.
As the action spilled to the outside again, Reigns threw Big E over the ring steps, before launching himself off the steps to deliver another Superman Punch. He quickly got Big E back in the ring, who attempted a Big Ending but was felled by Reigns who targeted his knee which had been injured early on.
Reigns followed up with another Spear to finally claim the win.
— WWE (@WWE) November 22, 2021
Roman Reigns and Big E first crossed paths on SmackDown as singles stars after Big E won the Money In The Bank briefcase in July. Over a number of weeks, the New Day star popped up during Paul Heyman’s interviews teasing a cash-in on Reigns before eventually winning the WWE Title by pinning Bobby Lashley.
With the WWE Title firmly around his waist, Big E confronted Reigns on SmackDown on September 17th. This led to a match between Big E, Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley on Raw which the Head of the Table won. Tensions continued to simmer, with Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston being drafted to SmackDown in October, leaving them firmly in the crosshairs of The Bloodline.
In the weeks that followed, The New Day picked up a win over The Usos, while Xavier Woods also claimed a win over Jey Uso. However, neither result went down well with Reigns, with Kingston being taken out by the Universal Champion.
On the most recent episode of SmackDown, Big E arrived to earn some retribution for his friend, going toe-to-toe with Reigns as the show went off the air.