Roman Reigns Takes Credit for Best WWE SmackDown Numbers in History

Published 09/12/2021, 2:45 AM EDT


On Friday night, WWE hosted a ‘Super SmackDown’ episode in the legendary Madison Square Garden arena. The WWE Universe also witnessed Universal Champion Roman Reigns standing face to face with ‘The Beast’ Brock Lesnar.

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Roman Reigns is still the one moving the ‘needle’

Last night’s ‘Super SmackDown’ was the highest-grossing SmackDown of all time (since 1999). The gate for last night’s SmackDown was not just high in New York, but in every city SmackDown has been to.

However, Roman Reigns single-handedly takes the credit for it and tweets about it. He used his infamous ‘needle moving’ phrase again to get some attention.

What is this ‘needle moving’?

The “moving the needle” talk began before the SummerSlam PPV, when Reigns was sitting with Ariel Helwani in an interview and dissed CM Punk for how over he was in WWE. Reigns noted that Punk wasn’t as good as The Rock and didn’t move the needle like him.

Since then, fans have also used the phrase when referring to the change in viewerships/ratings between Friday’s Night SmackDown and AEW Rampage.

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After successfully defending his WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam, Roman Reigns took to Twitter and wrote “legitimate needle moving”, taking his shot at CM Punk even further.

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Many AEW superstars and ex-WWE superstars have used it phrase in some form or another. However, Roman Reigns is not wrong when he said that he moved a “needle” this time.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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