Despite him and his movie franchise becoming caricatures of themselves, Vin Diesel's character in the Fast & Furious series is correct about one thing: "You don't turn your back on family."
And remaining true to his kin is what Jey Uso did this past Monday on Raw when he attacked homewrecker Sami Zayn and stood beside his brothers Jimmy and Solo Sikoa.
Once again, The Bloodline is whole.
From a storyline perspective, I maintain that Sami Zayn is the villain in this saga with Roman Reigns and his family, as it was Zayn who forced himself onto the Samoan dynasty for selfish gain and ultimately profited the most from his association with wrestling's top stable. But with his loyalty in question and faced with making tough decisions, the former El Generico slithered his way out of the group by attacking Reigns from behind with a steel chair.
The self-proclaimed master strategist and man who once bragged about his abilities to run mind games on his opponents then turned his attention to a conflicted Jey Uso. Attempting to recruit Reigns' right-hand man in his war against Jey's cousin and brothers, Zayn pleaded, "There's a way out for you. You don't have to go down with the ship."
Zayn must've missed Fast & Furious 6 because he should've known that threatening another man's family is a pretty stupid thing to do. And so, Zayn finally got his comeuppance. But that's not how the headlines or social media are painting it.
After Raw, WWE tweeted a broken heart emoji and followed it up with another tweet calling Jey's actions "The shocking ending to Raw that we all feared."
If, by shocking, WWE means a brother sided with his brother over an outsider, then yes, it is most startling, as WWE has a long history of pitting family members against each other.
From the Hart brothers in 1994 through the Mysterios in 2023, WWE has garnered significant ratings and payouts from exploiting internal family feuds. Ironically, the pairing of Jey Uso against Roman Reigns nearly three years ago set WWE on course for the success it's enjoying today. That Triple H and his creative crew steered away from a sequel to that rivalry, at least for now, is surprising yet refreshing.
As for WWE calling this the ending we all feared, speak for yourself. I loved it. While I admit that Roman Reigns plays a bad guy on television, I recognize that Zayn's character was a weasely conman trying to con another conman, and I just can't get with that.
In my book, Jey Uso came across as a person of virtue, at least as it relates to remaining loyal to his clan, providing for one of the most heartfelt moments on Raw since Owen Hart reunited with his brother Bret.
And I probably wasn't the only one needing a Kleenex after Raw. Right, Cagesiders?