At Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, Roman Reigns defeated Logan Paul to keep the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
The internet sensation may have only been in his third WWE match, but he nearly put a stop to Reigns’ title reign more than once.
Even having his brother Jake Paul present to fend off any meddling from The Bloodline, however, was insufficient to secure him a stunning victory.
Paul gave it everything he had, but Reigns kept the belts around his waist with a Superman punch and a spear from the champion.
The Tribal Chief needed a new opponent when Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle in September, and a surprising one materialised in Paul.
Although the two had never met in a WWE ring before, Reigns’ appearance on Paul’s Impaulsive podcast served as the catalyst for their feud. The Head of the Table took issue with the host’s post-interview trash talking, despite the fact that everything appeared to go well.
Paul then issued a challenge as a result, and the match was formally announced at a press conference in Las Vegas.
The chance for Paul to compete for the world championship despite having only competed in two matches, just one of which was a singles contest, surprised the wrestling community.
The YouTube sensation’s accomplishments cannot be disputed, though, as he appeared completely at ease at WrestleMania 38 when he teamed up with The Miz to defeat Rey and Dominik Mysterio. When he defeated The A-Lister at SummerSlam, he then put on a strong performance once more.
Given that the 27-year-old appears to be a natural in the wrestling industry and that he has crossover appeal, WWE did not think twice about putting him in a significant match against perhaps the best wrestler in the business.
Despite the fact that Paul entered Crown Jewel as a significant underdog, he made it apparent prior to the pay-per-view that he had faith in his potential to pull off a historic upset.