WWE has posted a storyline article on their official website stating that Reigns had been “fined” for shoving a referee during the attack:

“Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns has been fined $5,000 for shoving referee John Cone during his title defense against Samoa Joe on Raw last night, WWE.com can confirm.”

“The incident occurred after Reigns backed Joe into the corner of the ring and continued to attack him past the official’s count. When Cone attempted to intercede, Reigns shoved him aside to continue his attack. The champion was subsequently disqualified, though he kept his title as a result of champion’s advantage.”

WWE plans to use this angle as a way to setup a “No Disqualification Match” between Joe and Reigns for the title at the Royal Rumble.


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