Roman Reigns' WWE Backstage Heat Uncertainty Continues

Another big update on Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, and their WWE Survivor Series 2022 blow-up.

Roman Reigns

The terms "Roman Reigns" and "backstage heat" don't often appear in the same sentence - but they did this week.

It was reported after this past weekend's WWE Survivor Series 2022 show that Reigns had taken issue with a spot in that show's men's WarGames match. The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion was visibly upset backstage, with a Kevin Owens slap that didn't quite go as planned reportedly sparking it. Immediately, Roman feared he had suffered a ruptured eardrum, though it was later reported that the duo talked it out - and the situation was a non-issue 20 minutes later.

But conflicting information continues to trickle through. On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that some sources have indicated the Reigns/Owens heat was "blown out of proportion." Others, however, have indicated the opposite, stating that Roman isn't over it yet.


Reigns pulled out of a planned appearance at the post-Survivor Series 2022 press conference. There is currently no word on why. Whether or not he suffered a ruptured eardrum, as he suspected, isn't clear either.

Roman wasn't present when the rest of The Bloodline appeared on Raw this week. The Usos, Solo Sikoa, and Sami Zayn were involved in a segment with Owens, leading to Jey Uso wrestling KO later that night.

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