The latest major plot point in the Bloodline saga took place on last week’s SmackDown show in Madison Square Garden.
To kick off the show, the Usos took Roman Reigns to ‘Tribal Court’ following his defeat at Money In The Bank.
The segment ended up running overtime, lasting 40 minutes, which caused a lot of timing issues for the rest of the show.
The decision for the Bloodline segment to last as long as it did paid off for the company, with the segment peaking at over 3 million viewers, which is the highest quarter hour rating for a wrestling show in quite some time.
In an update from Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, some people backstage in the company were questioning the decision to spend so much time on the segment, with the concern that the crowd in Madison Square Garden would want wrestling.
The decision was made for it to go the way it did, with those who made that decision feeling vindicated based on the response from the live crowd, even before the massive rating number came in.
The segment was designed to set up an Undisputed WWE Universal Championship match between Reigns and Jey Uso for SummerSlam in Detroit.
Jey Uso is set for a follow up to the segment on tonight’s (July 14) show.
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