The SummerSlam go-home edition of RAW opened with an in-ring promo featuring The Bloodline. The first reference to Vince’s retirement came when Paul Heyman was speaking. His microphone cut out and he asked for a new one, then knocked the crew member who brought him the mic by saying he must be from New Jersey, which forced a reaction from the New York crowd.
Heyman added, “We want your name written down, you’re the next one out the door!”
Austin Theory ended up interrupting The Bloodline, coming out with his Money In the Bank briefcase to taunt Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns in the ring, threatening to cash in at SummerSlam after the Last Man Standing match with Brock Lesnar. Reigns warned him, making a reference to how Mr. McMahon has helped Theory in the storylines as of late.
Reigns told Theory to start looking around and analyze the situation, adding that, “Your daddy’s not here anymore. This is my ring.”
The shocked crowd then chanted “daddy’s gone!” and Reigns responded, “You heard them, daddy’s gone.”
Fans also chanted “whose your daddy?” at an angry Theory as he stared Reigns down. Reigns warned that if Theory keeps messing up, The Tribal Chief will become his daddy. Reigns then declared that he owns The Garden now. He exited the ring with Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos, but Jey Uso smacked Theory on the back of the neck. Theory responded by dropping Jey with a briefcase shot. Theory then faced off with The Bloodline but Reigns and The Usos exited the ring as another “whose your daddy?” chant started up.
Below is a clip of Reigns’ promo to Theory, along with more footage from the opener. WWE highlighted the Reigns jab with a single Instagram post, which you can see at the end of this article.
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Roman Reigns Jab At Vince McMahon’s Retirement On RAW