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WWE News: Two more challengers for Roman Reigns' Intercontinental Championship

Simon Cotton
ANALYST
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10.21K   //    27 Nov 2017, 09:04 IST

The Big Dog might defend the title on this week's Raw
The Big Dog might defend the title on this week's Raw

What’s the story?

Roman Reigns won the Intercontinental Championship last week and has already received challenges from Finn Bálor and Jason Jordan.

In case you didn’t know...

Reigns defeated The Miz in the main event of Monday Night Raw to win the Intercontinental Championship and become the second member of The Shield to become a Grand Slam Champion.

After winning the title, Reigns was interviewed backstage and said that he was bringing the Open Challenge concept from John Cena’s 2015 United States Championship reign to the Intercontinental Championship going forward.

The heart of the matter

Bálor hinted at accepting Reigns’ promise of an Intercontinental Championship match by saying he would “step up” and “step OVER,” the Big Dog.

The capitalised “OVER” was Bálor continuing to troll the internet regarding the rumour that Vince McMahon no longer wanted him to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble because he didn’t believe he was over enough to do so.

The second WWE Superstar to accept Reigns’ challenge was Jason Jordan who tweeted a video where he discussed losing his opportunity to compete at Survivor Series and wanting to make the best of this possible opportunity.

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Cruiserweight wrestler Cedric Alexander also talked about the open challenge on Twitter and asked whether Cruiserweight wrestlers were eligible to compete.

What’s next?

The WWE Raw preview is heavily hinting at Reigns receiving formal challenges on Raw and these tweets could be foreshadowing potential challengers for the Intercontinental Champion to face.

Reigns has faced both Bálor and Jordan in singles competition before, but Alexander stepping up to challenge him would be a first-time match-up.

Author’s Take

The buzz around Reigns’ Intercontinental Championship reign has already dwarfed his United States Championship reign from earlier this year and could provide some good matches in the coming weeks.

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Simon Cotton
ANALYST
Freelance Journalist and Photographer, Columbia College Chicago Graduate Student, Jackson State University Alumnus Occasional guest on the Social Suplex Podcast Network. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/social-suplex-podcast-network Catch me on Anchor for some interesting thoughts. https://anchor.fm/simon-cotton
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