WWE promoted the steel cage match between Roman Reigns and King Corbin at Super ShowDown as their final match. We can only hope that’s the case. This was the fifth consecutive pay-per-view (PPV) event where these two wrestlers got physical with each other.
It began last October at Crown Jewel, where Team Hogan (w/Reigns) defeated Team Flair (w/Corbin). Reigns speared Randy Orton for the victory. Reigns and Corbin were technically teammates a few weeks later at Survivor Series 2019. But they could not maintain an alliance, and it resulted in Corbin being eliminated after Reigns speared him.
Corbin capped off the year with a big win over Reigns in a TLC match on the December PPV, with a whole lot of help from his typical army of mid-card heels. Reigns and Corbin then began the new year with a Falls Count Anywhere match at Royal Rumble 2020, with Reigns spearing Corbin on top of a baseball dugout.
Finally, there was the steel cage match earlier today at Super ShowDown, where Reigns won with a chain-enhanced Superman punch.
Technically it would be incorrect to say that Reigns and Corbin have wrestled against each other on five consecutive PPVs, because they were teammates at Survivor Series 2019. But it’s still true that their feud has spanned five straight events. How often has this happened in WWE history?
I don’t have the answer to that question, but there is one example that I can think of off the top of my head.
John Cena and Randy Orton had a feud in 2009 that lasted so long that I never wanted to see them wrestle each other ever again. It started out in July at Night of Champions, where WWE champion Orton defended his title in a triple threat against Cena and Triple H. Then it was a standard one-on-one championship match between Orton and Cena at SummerSlam, before moving on to an “I Quit” match at Breaking Point in September, where Cena finally won the title from Orton. Orton won the title right back from Cena at Hell in a Cell. The feud culminated at Bragging Rights in late October, with Cena winning the title back in a 60-minute Iron Man match, because of course their never-ending feud had to include an hour long match.
Their feud lasted from July through October 2009 and offered enough Cena vs. Orton matches to last a lifetime. I’d like to think that one of the reasons why fans rebelled against their WWE championship match at Royal Rumble 2014 is because they still remembered the monotony of 2009.
I can think of some feuds that spanned four consecutive events, such as CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy from 2009, and Orton vs. Christian from 2011. If you can think of any feuds that stretched across five straight events besides Cena vs. Orton, please let me know in the comments.
The Cena/Orton feud from 2009 at least involved the WWE championship, and multiple title swaps, to explain why the feud was continuing. The current feud between Corbin and Reigns never directly involved championship gold, which makes it even less reasonable to stretch out for so long. Instead of fighting over championship gold, Reigns and Corbin battled over dog food.
Hopefully things are finally over given Reigns’ win at Super ShowDown, but I wouldn’t hold my breath over it. There is an Elimination Chamber event right around the corner on Mar. 8, and if I were a betting man, I’d wager that both Reigns and Corbin will oppose each other as two of six men in one of the chamber matches.
If that’s the case, not only would this feud have stretched across six consecutive PPVs, but it also would have reached nearly six months in length, which is far longer than the aforementioned Cena/Orton feud.
I really hope this was the end of it at Super ShowDown. I don’t ever want to see these two guys wrestle each other ever again; there was just too much repetition to stomach.
How do you feel about the Reigns/Corbin rivalry, Cagesiders?