Roman Reigns retains WWE Universal title following Elimination Chamber 2023 win

Despite being backed by the hometown crowd, Sami Zayn just didn't have it in him to dethrone the Tribal Chief.

A ferociously antagonistic crowd at the Bell Centre wasn't enough for Roman Reigns to lose to the former "Honorary Uso", Sami Zayn, at this year's Elimination Chamber. But, boy, did the two of them put on a show.

Roman Reigns' acting as the Head of the Table has been nothing short of spectacular.

The still-Undisputed WWE Universal champ taunted the 17,000-plus crowd, which included Zayn's real family in the stands, throughout the match. However, despite Reigns' overall dominance, the challenger had a couple of good moments, even scoring several near-falls.

As expected, the rest of The Bloodline got involved in the match. Jey Uso, in particular, first entered the ring while Zayn was out. Reigns challenged his oft-abused cousin to hit Zayn with a chair. His hesitation gave Zayn enough time to get up and hit a spear. Unfortunately, the devastating move didn't land on the intended target as it hit Jey instead. This allowed Reigns to repeatedly hit Zayn with a chair and a spear to retain the unified belt.

The post-match storytelling was just as brutal with Jummy Uso attacking Zayn and Kevin Owens coming in to help Zayn. To cap things off, Zayn dropped a Helluva Kick on Reigns.

For a moment, you could swear that it looked like Jey was about to hit Reigns with the steel chair.

Now that Reigns is all but certain to walk into WrestleMania 39 with both titles in tow, the question now is, who will Zayn be fighting in April? The popular fan theory before the match was that Jey would go back to doing whatever Reigns wants him to do, in order to set up a tag team match between the Usos and Kevin Owens as well as Zayn. But, after what just happened at this year's Elimination Chamber, something tells us that there's still more to The Bloodline storyline the WWE could still explore until the year ends.

Most likely, Jimmy and Jey will still team up against both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at 'Mania in Los Angeles but it's likely the last time they'll be together as a unit.

Zayn played his role to a tee as the one who will ultimately give Jey an out from The Bloodline and possibly pursue his career as a solo act, with Zayn and Owens moving forward as the new unified tag team champs. If nothing else, the WWE can hang its hats on making everyone tune in to a storyline that was built cautiously over the better part of the past year that led to two matches that will main event a WrestleMania, one of which will be a tag team match.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a time when the WWE would even consider main-eventing a WrestleMania with a tag team match, and yet, here we are.

It wouldn't surprise us if the WWE pit Roman Reigns against Jey Uso again after WrestleMania 39.

After all the work the WWE has put into The Bloodline storyline, all that's left to do now is to stick the ending. We'll find out more about what else the WWE has in store for WrestleMania 39 on April 1 and 2 over the next couple of weeks.

Of course, if you can't wait until then, you can play WWE 2K23 starting on March 17 (the 14th if you pre-order it today) and start booking your own dream matches.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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