What's Next for Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns After WWE Clash of Champions 2020?
A mildly enjoyable event on the whole, WWE Clash of Champions 2020 featured a handful of newsworthy moments and was highlighted by two memorable matches for the WWE Championship and the Universal Championship, respectively.
First, Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre met in an Ambulance match to settle their score once and for all. It dragged at various points but played out nicely with all of the legends Orton put on the shelf with the punt kick returning to cost him the championship.
Immediately afterward, Roman Reigns and Jey Uso battled for the Universal Championship in a match that far exceeded expectations. In many ways, it was a storytelling masterpiece that capped off the evening as well as it could and saw Reigns advance his already-compelling heel persona.
With both champions successfully retaining their titles, the biggest question from fans coming out of Clash of Champions is what's next for McIntyre and Reigns. Hell in a Cell is right around the corner, and they're bound to be as prominently featured there as they were on Sunday night.
If executed properly, the world title pictures on both brands can carry those shows into the fall, which is a typically-dull season for WWE creatively. Let's look at what the future may have in store for McIntyre and Reigns following Clash of Champions 2020.
Putting Drew McIntyre's Rivalry with Randy Orton to Rest Once and for All
Needless to say, the Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton storyline has run its course. It was exciting early on, but it gradually degraded into more and more of a mess once WWE had the Superstars become obsessed with hitting each other with their finishing maneuvers.
McIntyre defeating The Apex Predator by throwing him into the ambulance at Clash of Champions was as decisive as it gets in terms of finishing a feud. There is zero reason for that rivalry to be revisited on Raw this week and for Orton to continue to chase the WWE Championship.
WWE put extra emphasis on Sunday on marking the end of a chapter for Orton when everyone he's punted in the head this past summer resurfaced and played a role in his loss. Orton's work as The Legend Killer in 2020 has been nothing short of sensational, but having lost three consecutive times on pay-per-view since SummerSlam, Orton being afforded another opportunity at the title would be downright dumb.
To the company's credit, McIntyre did benefit a bit from beating such a high-profile star on back-to-back occasions. However, as strong as their in-ring chemistry has been up to this point, it's high time both men move on in different directions.
Keith Lee may well wind up being next in line for a shot at the strap—more on that in a moment—but Orton remaining a fixture in the title scene any longer would be both illogical and overkill.
Keith Lee Settles His Unfinished Business with Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre undoubtedly went to war with Randy Orton at Clash of Champions and managed to emerge with his WWE Championship reign intact. However, there's no rest for the weary, and his next contender should step up on Monday's Raw.
At this time, it makes perfect sense for his next rival to be one of Raw's newest acquisitions, Keith Lee.
The former NXT dual champion fancied himself a friend of McIntyre upon his arrival on Raw, but things have broken down in a big way these past few weeks on the flagship show. In fact, none of their matches had formal finishes, meaning WWE was clearly leaving the door open for a future feud between them.
It's worth noting that Lee was punted in the head by Orton last Monday night. Although he didn't appear at the event on Sunday night, it would be logical for him to get revenge on The Apex Predator first before challenging McIntyre for the WWE title.
Regardless of whether Lee leaves Hell in a Cell as WWE champion or not, he's the perfect person for that role right now. He can also have a strong showing against one of WWE's best without losing much in defeat.
Continuing Roman Reigns' Rivalry with the Usos
Unlike Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton, Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso should most certainly continue coming out of Clash of Champions. Granted, it was a fairly decisive result with the returning Jimmy throwing in the towel for Jey, but there's so much more that can be done with this story that hasn't been explored yet.
Leading up to the event, the cousins were largely on the same page and gave viewers the impression they would have a fair, straightforward match for the Universal Championship. It was a competitive contest early on before turning into a one-sided squash for Reigns in the final few minutes.
The drama and emotion from both men, as well as from Jimmy at ringside, was absolutely exceptional. Reigns showed zero pity for Jey by the end, so now that he's been established as a no-nonsense heel, The Usos should be looking to score some sweet payback.
Their critically acclaimed bout was a fantastic way for Clash of Champions to close, but there needs to be more. Jey was just starting to hit his stride on the mic before his lopsided loss to Reigns, so for him to be to relegated back down to the undercard—or removed from WWE TV all together until Jey makes a full return to the ring—would be a massive waste.
It will be exciting to see how The Usos respond on SmackDown this Friday to what happened on Sunday night, as well as if The Big Dog has another beating in store for them.
Samoa Joe Comes to the Aid of the Usos and Rivals Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns and The Usos always used to come to each other's aid whenever things got dire. With that alliance officially over—for now, anyway—The Usos are going to need some backup against their cousin heading into Hell in a Cell.
Enter Samoa Joe.
There's a ton of options on the SmackDown side of things who Reigns hasn't crossed paths with yet. That said, the upcoming WWE Draft presents an ideal opportunity for The Samoan Submission Machine to be transferred over to Friday nights and to be plugged into this program.
Joe would be a logical ally for The Usos given their Samoan roots and Joe's checkered history with Reigns. Those two could have some stupendous matches over the Universal Championship, even if the feud likely wouldn't end with Joe taking the title from him.
Joe has been a staple on Raw commentary for many months—and an entertaining staple at that—but the time has come for him to return to the ring. As previously noted, The Usos should continue feuding with Reigns for at least another month or so, but Jey won't stand a chance against his cousin if he's going to be more aggressive and vicious that second time around.
Another singles match with Reigns and Jey might be milking it too much, and getting Joe in there would help with that.
Should Either Title Be Defended Inside Hell in a Cell Next Month?
Aside from the 2018 installment, the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view has almost always been an October staple for WWE dating back to its inception in 2009. This year will be no exception, though no matches have been made official for the event as of now.
The company has four weeks to heat up a feud to the point where it makes sense for it to culminate inside The Devil's Playground. The card tends to consist of two Hell in a Cell matches, though neither of the suggested bouts—Drew McIntyre vs. Keith Lee for the WWE Championship and Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe for the Universal Championship—need that particular stipulation.
As of this writing, the only match that makes sense to be inside Hell in a Cell is Bayley vs. Sasha Banks for the SmackDown Women's Championship.
Fans were hoping WWE would hold off on doing the long-awaited matchup until the road to WrestleMania 37, but that obviously isn't in the cards after what went down with them at Clash of Champions. To be fair, Bayley vs. Banks being Hell in a Cell also feels rushed, but it's a better option than either of the aforementioned bouts.
Even if McIntyre vs. Lee and Reigns vs. Joe don't headline Hell in a Cell because they aren't in the demonic playground, both bouts are guaranteed to deliver no matter what. The WWE and Universal Championship pictures respectively are about to get a whole lot more interesting than they already are.
Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, has specialized in sports and entertainment writing since 2010. Visit his website, WrestleRant, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.