A heated Roman Reigns launched into an "expletive-filled" rant at WWE Survivor Series 2022, fearing he had suffered a ruptured eardrum after wrestling in the premium live event's main event.
Reigns and The Bloodline were triumphant over The Brawling Brutes, Drew McIntyre, and Kevin Owens in the men's WarGames match. Per Fightful Select, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion was "visibly upset" about a spot that did not pan out as originally intended, perceiving the moment, which involved Kevin Owens, as unplanned. Roman was not pleased that the spot didn't reflect what had been prepared.
Sources indicated that Reigns' unhappiness at the situation was clear. But although he used expletives, those close to the situation didn't think the anger would last, describing it as a "heat of the moment" reaction. There was no talk of any physical altercation between Reigns and Owens, who were both described as "passionate about what they do" by one source, who believed they'd talk it out with each other.
The Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer has since added that Reigns had become upset "after being popped", leaving him with a bruise under his left eye. This was caused by a slap from Owens. Fortunately, even though Roman was legitimately upset, the situation had blown over 20 minutes later. There are no lingering issues.
Whether or not Reigns has suffered a legitimate ruptured eardrum hasn't been confirmed. Roman did, however, miss the post-Survivor Series press conference, having originally been scheduled to appear.
Reigns did not accompany the rest of The Bloodline on last night's Raw, which saw Sami Zayn, Solo Sikoa, and The Usos accosted by Owens. This set up a singles match pitting KO against Jey Uso, which Owens won.