Roman Reigns Wins WWE World Heavyweight Championship To Close Raw

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It’s amazing what WWE can do to turn a crowd around sometimes.  In the same arena where he was booed out of the building after winning the Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns captured his second WWE Championship to a raucous ovation.

The victory was the culmination of show-long tensions between Reigns and the McMahon family after Reigns’ assault of Triple H to close last night’s TLC pay-per-view.  With a returning Vince McMahon in control of the show, Reigns was given an ultimatum win or go home.   After nearly claiming the title on a Superman punch, McMahon interrupted the pin pulling referee John Cone out to begin the Chairman’s attempt at a Philadelphia screw job.  Occupying the referee, McMahon’s distraction allowed League of Nations members Alberto Del Rio & Rusev to strike.  Ultimately Reigns dished out Superman punches for all including Vince McMahon and hit the spear for the win.

This is the first WWE World Heavyweight Championship title change on free television since either 2013 or 2011, depending on which championship lineage you subscribe to:

-Dolph Ziggler cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase to win the World Heavyweight Championship (the Big Gold Belt) in April of 2013 from Alberto Del Rio on Raw.

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-John Cena defeated Rey Mysterio on Raw to win the “interim” WWE Championship in July of 2011 during the CM Punk “walkout” angle.

A very exciting end to Raw and now WWE will likely shift its focus to who will win the Royal Rumble and challenge Reigns at WrestleMania.  Heavy money has to be on a Lesnar-Reigns WrestleMania rematch, but there are other possibilities like HHH-Reigns or Cena-Reigns as WWE looks toward Dallas.

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