Jey Uso quit WWE, SmackDown, and the Bloodline few weeks ago, and then Cody Rhodes called in a favor. It was revealed at WWE Payback that Jey Uso is the newest member of the RAW roster, and there’s a lot to be excited about for fans of Main Event Jey Uso.
Shortly after his “quit” from SmackDown and WWE amid The Bloodline’s ongoing Friday night drama, Uso made his return last Saturday at WWE Payback, officially joining the RAW roster. According to the storyline, Cody Rhodes leveraged his influence to bring Jey to the RAW brand. Uso received a warm reception from the audience and thwarted The Grayson Waller Effect by delivering a superkick to Waller while Rhodes observed from the stage, displaying a mix of approval and concern, as he had expressed his hopes not to regret the decision earlier.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reports that WWE officials are optimistic about Jey’s potential as a solo performer, independent of The Bloodline’s storyline.
WWE went to great lengths to keep Jey’s roster shift confidential. Despite reports of Jey being backstage at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon, his name was omitted from internal documents outlining the Payback matches and segments. The segment featuring Uso, Rhodes, and Waller was orchestrated by Shawn Daivari.
The status of the anticipated Uso vs. Uso match remains uncertain. Jimmy Uso continued his storyline involving Solo Sikoa and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns on the most recent Friday’s SmackDown.
There were earlier rumors about Jimmy vs. Jey at Payback, possibly with Rikishi as the special referee, but some within WWE believed it might have been too soon for their first encounter. There was also discussion about potentially saving the match for WrestleMania 40, although some argued that waiting until April was too lengthy. It was presumed that WWE intended to have multiple matches in the brother vs. brother feud, so it remains to be seen if this aspect of the program has been abandoned with Jey’s move to RAW.
We will have to see how things pan out for Jey Uso on his own. There is a lot of potential present, and he has a lot of family members in that long history of pro wrestlers who also broke out on their own to do great things.
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