After months of programming that was, to be completely honest, subpar, WWE is finally rebounding. The first big move was to finally shift weekly programming away from the Performance Center and into the Thunderdome. The tone of the product immediately changed and Raw and Smackdown felt important again. Now, the return of a single talent has seemingly resurrected one of the company’s two main roster shows, making it feel like can’t-miss television once again.
Roman Reigns is back. The Big Dog made his return at SummerSlam, attacking Braun Strowman and the newly-crowned WWE Universal Champion The Fiend, leaving them lying in the ring and showing the audience a new edge to his character. Then he added Paul Heyman as an on-screen advocate, and went on to take the WWE Universal Championship, picking his spot in a triple threat match after Strowman and The Fiend destroyed each other at Payback.
This is the Roman Reigns WWE fans need right now. What’s more, this is the shot in the arm that Reigns, who never fully rebounded as a top character in WWE after taking time off for health reasons, needed.