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Heel Turns: Reigns makes remarkable return

Posted by Achilles Heel On March 2

WWE presented one of its all-time best surprises last Monday when Roman Reigns returned to Raw. Even better, Reigns announced that his leukemia is once again in remission.

Reigns announced in October that his leukemia had returned. That was a surprise to wrestling fans, who hadn’t known that Reigns had leukemia when he was 22 years old. Reigns relinquished the WWE Universal Championship that he had pursued for so long. But Reigns’ career wasn’t the most importance concern.

That’s why Monday’s emotional return was so awesome. The fans were happy to see Reigns back in WWE. But they were even happier to see him healthy.

The Greek God of Wrestling doesn’t like spoilers, but, since the match has already been advertised, I’ll tell you that Reigns is returning to the ring in the near future. That match should be set up Monday at Raw at Wells Fargo Center.

That’s right. Reigns will be appearing at Raw in Philly this Monday. Batista is also supposed to be at Raw. Achilles Heel isn’t a shill for WWE, but seeing Reigns should be enough incentive to buy a ticket for Raw.

It will be interesting to see how WWE uses Reigns. It appears they will ease him in with tag team matches. But will he be involved with the WrestleMania storyline between Shield teammate Seth Rollins and WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar? That remains to be seen. All that matters right now is that Roman Reigns is back.

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KINGSTON BUMPED: It was a bad week for Kofi Kingston. First, Vince McMahon replaces Kingston with Kevin Owens in the WWE Championship match at Fast Lane. And then Kingston gets bumped out of the lead item in Heel Turns by Roman Reigns.

This edition of Heel Turns was supposed to begin with a tribute to Kingston. After persevering in WWE for 11 years, Kingston earned himself a place in the spotlight with tremendous performances during a gauntlet match on Smackdown and during an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship. Fans were chanting “Kofi! Kofi!” after he was the last man eliminated in the Elimination Chamber, and they chanted his name two nights later after Shane McMahon announced that Kingston would receive a one-on-one shot at Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at Fast Lane.

But Vince McMahon took away the shot at the WWE Championship at Fast Lane, and Reigns’ remarkable return knocked Kingston out of the premier spot in Heel Turns.

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FAST LANE SHAPING UP: In addition to the WWE Championship match between Daniel Bryan and challenger Kevin Owens, Fast Lane on Sun., March 10 will include Smackdown Women’s champion Asuka will defend her title against Mandy Rose, Jimmy and Jey Uso will defend the Smackdown Tag Team Championship against former champions Shane McMahon and The Miz, and new WWE Women’s Tag Team champions Sasha Banks and Bayley will defend their titles against Nia Jax and Tamina. As Achilles Heel suggested earlier, expect more matches to be added this week on Raw, including one involving Roman Reigns.

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ON THE RISE: Four wrestlers have joined WWE after experience a ton of success in NXT. Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Ricochet and Aleister Black have been making an impact on Raw and Smackdown the past two weeks, often teaming together. It will be interesting to see if the success of these four men will carry over from NXT to WWE.

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WWE IN ATLANTIC CITY: If you’re reading this on Saturday, you may still have an opportunity to get to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City for tonight’s WWE live event (7:30 p.m.). The two announced matches are Finn Balor defending the Intercontinental Championship against former champion Bobby Lashley, Sasha Banks and Bayley defending the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship in a triple threat match against The Riott Squad and Nia Jax and Tamina, and Braun Strowman battling Baron Corbin in a no-disqualification match. Also scheduled to appear are Dean Ambrose, Drew McIntyre, Raw Tag Team champions The Revival, former Raw Tag Team champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, Natalya and Alexa Bliss.

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CZW TRIFECTA: Another big event tonight in New Jersey is Combat Zone Wrestling’s Trifecta Elimination at Colossal Sports Academy at The Coliseum in Voorhees. The nine-person tournament consists of three triple-threat matches, with the winners to meet in another three-way match to determine who will join CZW’s “Best of the Best” tournament. There also will be a Tag Team championship match, with The Rep defending against House of Gangone. Jordynne Grace will defend the WSU Spirit Championship against Kris Statlander.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Jay Lethal will headline Ring of Honor’s 17th Anniversary show on Fri., March 15, by defending the Ring of Honor World Championship against Matt Taven. Jay and Mark Briscoe will defending the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Championship against Brody King and PCO of Villain Enterprises. Mayu Iwatani will defending the Women of Honor World Championship against Kelly Klein. In non-title matches, Marty Scurll meets Kenny King, and Bandido faces Rush.

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RAYNE BACK TO IMPACT: Madison Rayne has left Ring of Honor in order to return to Impact Wrestling, where she is a multi-time Knockouts champion.

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BATISTA RETURNS: Batista made his return on Raw, attacking Ric Flair before Flair could head out to the ring for his 70th birthday celebration. This is apparently building toward a match between Triple H and Batista at WrestleMania. Batista is a big movie star now, so this match will generate a lot of attention, but the Greek God of Wrestling isn’t enamored with a match between Triple H and Batista, two wrestlers far past their primes.

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McMAHON FEUD? Vince McMahon has made two major changes in championship matches, replacing Kofi Kingston with Kevin Owens in the WWE Championship match at Fast Lane, and replacing Becky Lynch with Charlotte as the challenger in the Raw Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania. Could this be leading to Shane and Stephanie McMahon rebelling against their father’s authoritarian ways?

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CHIKARA DOUBLEHEADER: CHIKARA’s Young Lions Cup on March 16 is going to be a doubleheader, with one show at 3 p.m. and a second show at 7 p.m. In the first stage, MR. Touchdown Mark Angelosetti will battle Chris Dickinson, Lucas Calhoun will meet Volgar, and Missile Assault Man faces Rory Gulak. For a time, a ticket bought in advance will be good for both shows. Later, tickets will have to be bought separately for each show.

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FAREWELL: We close out Heel Turns with news of releases from WWE. Tye Dillinger and Hideo Itami, whom Achilles Heel told you about previously, were granted their releases. WWE also released T.J. Perkins, who won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament from 205 Live. A more major loss may be agent Arn Anderson, who was released from WWE. Anderson has a wonderful mind for professional wrestling.

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