Despite Record-Breaking MITB Stats, WWE’s Booking of The Bloodline Gets Slammed by One of Wrestling’s Greatest Minds

Published 07/06/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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The Money in the Bank premium live event saw the fall of Roman Reigns’ empire. While The Usos had already mounted a mutiny against Roman Reigns ahead of the Bloodline Civil War, fans wanted to see Roman Reigns’ pride go up in flames. For the longest time, the epic Bloodline saga has been one of WWE’s most riveting storylines. 

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And a match of that gravity had the fans on the edge of their seats at the 02 Arena in London. However, even though the fans gave their thumbs up for the match, WWE veteran Jim Cornette thought it was unnecessarily long. 

Jim Cornette thinks Roman Reigns’ Bloodline Civil War match was too long

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During the beginning stages of the match, things looked good for The Tribal Chief and Solo Sikoa. However, tables turned when The Usos removed Solo Sikoa from the equation, leaving Roman alone. In the last moments of the match, Jey and Jimmy dished out super kicks to Reigns before Jey delivered a frog splash to pin Roman Reigns. While the action captivated the fans, Jim Cornette had a different opinion. 

Speaking on the Jim Cornette Experience, the wrestling veteran gave his take on the Bloodline Civil War match at Money in the Bank. According to him, the match was stretched too much. He said, “I understand that at the start they were in no hurry, they were milking it because the issue is over and Roman’s over… Did this match need to be 33 minutes bell to bell?”

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Although it was understandable why the wrestlers took their time to create anticipation, Cornette thought the match was rather drawn out. He further added that he was on board with the finish of the match. However, the first 15 minutes leading up to the war were a “schlog”, per Cornette. 

He continued, “It was the right finish… Historically, World Champions have lost falls in tag team matches to set sh*t up. I didn’t mind that, if they’d beaten Solo[Sikoa], people would have kind of been, ‘ehhhh’ because that’s what you’d expect and obviously Roman wanted to get the family over. So the only problem I had was goddamn the first 15 minutes was a schlog, wasn’t it?” 

Despite its length, the fans were very complimentary of the match. After three long years, Reigns finally conceded defeat via pinfall. Roman Reigns’ sensational theatric display after his loss at ringside also garnered eyeballs. The Usos may have crushed Roman Reigns’ ego, but he is still the resigning top champion of WWE. And come hell or high water, Reigns will stop at nothing to remain the titleholder 

Moreover, the storyline continues to ride its momentum with Roman Reigns being put on trial on SmackDown this week.

Roman Reigns to take the stand on the Tribal Court this week

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Solo Sikoa and Paul Heyman may have to bear the brunt of Roman Reigns’ wrath. However, before Reigns points fingers, he is going to appear in the Tribal Court for his trial on SmackDown. 

The Tribal Chief held the authority to hold court up until now. But now, we will have to see who the judge will be. By the looks of things, the day is not far away when Reigns is going to end up alone. Especially if he browbeats Solo Sikoa for his loss at MITB. 

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Do you agree with Jim Cornette’s view about the Bloodline Civil War match being too lengthy? Comment below!

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Rishabh is an avid pro wrestling fan and a WWE writer at Essentially Sports with over a year’s experience in journalism. Having completed his Bachelor’s in Education at European International University, his research prowess is the most powerful tool in his skillset. For Rishabh, pro wrestling is not just sports entertainment; it’s an emotion.
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