Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman
Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman

Roman Reigns worked his first match in several months in the biggest contest featured on the Payback card. 

“The Big Dog” took part in a Triple Threat No Holds Barred Match against Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt, who was portraying The Fiend character, for the Universal Title. 

WWE saved this match for the main event spot at the WWE Payback pay-per-view event in Orlando, Florida at the Amway Center. The contest saw Strowman and Wyatt work the majority of the match.

It was a brawl up until a superplex spot that sent the two big men breaking the ring. Reigns walked down to the ring as he signed the contract on his way. They did a spot where Reigns covered both men, but they kicked out. Moments later, Reigns hit a spear to Strowman for the win and to become the champion. 

Although this match only had a one week build, WWE did a big angle at the SummerSlam pay-per-view event. Wyatt had beaten Strowman in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. After the match, Reigns made a surprise appearance by not only spearing The Fiend but also Strowman in addition to whacking Strowman several times with a chair.

It’s speculated, but not confirmed, that Reigns will defend his title against The Fiend at WWE Clash of Champions on September 27. Stay tuned for updates. It was recently reported that WWE has plans to push Reigns as the top heel on SmackDown, while The Fiend will be used as the top babyface. Strowman is also scheduled to be pushed as a top heel on the blue brand.

Below is Reigns’ full post-match tweet: