FOX Sports WWE Analyst
In just his third professional wrestling match, Logan Paul once again proved he has a future in the sport after facing off against WWE’s top star.
It all came to a head during the Crown Jewel ’22 Main Event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where Paul wrestled undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns in a match where he started as the clear underdog.
Once Paul and his opponent were on opposite sides of the ring, their differences became apparent.
Reigns was cool, calm and collected. A 37-year-old ring veteran braced himself for a walk in the park compared to opponents he’s fought in the past including Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Triple H and The Undertaker.
However, Paul radiated a different kind of energy in the beginning.
The 27-year-old internet personality appeared anxious and energetic. He looked like someone ready to make a name for himself at the expense of the industry leader.
The match started with Reigns laughing at Paul’s attempts to attack.
However, it wasn’t long before Paul came back with an impressive sequence that included a leapfrog, an arm drag and a clothesline that sent Reigns over the top rope.
He was then followed by a crossbody off the ringside barricade and a buckshot lariat that sent the internet into an uproar.
Another highlight of the match was when Paul hit a top-rope splash through a ringside announcer’s table while filming himself selfie-style.
This led to an interference from tag team champions The Usos, who took on Paul’s crew, only to be countered by an appearance by boxer Jake Paul, who knocked them both out
Jake Paul later met Solo Sikoa from The Bloodline. They eventually split up, meaning this may not be Jake Paul’s last appearance in WWE supporting his brother.
In the end, Logan Paul fell victim to a Superman Punch and Spear combo, allowing Reigns to claim the pinfall victory.
At the end of the day, however, Logan Paul won more than he lost.
People from outside of WWE who want to break into the world of sports entertainment usually fight an uphill battle. Fans can be unwelcoming and skeptical of their rationale for joining.
Even someone like The Miz, who has been with the company since 2004 and is a former world champion and main event part of WrestleMania, still faces criticism from members of the WWE Universe for his work in reality TV.
That’s why someone like Logan Paul, who received a WWE Universal title shot in just his third match for the company, was met with extreme skepticism at a Crown Jewel-level event.
But now that Logan Paul hosted a main event match with the best in the business in record time, fans have made it clear they believe he belongs in WWE, which is a huge win for all involved.
Ryan Satin is a WWE Analyst for FOX Sports. Satin previously starred in FS1’s “WWE Backstage” and founded Pro Wrestling Sheet, where he was the editor-in-chief of breaking news stories.
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