Roman Reigns faced off against Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon this past Monday on RAW. His opponents had spent the night searching for a tag team partner for Reigns and ended up finding janitor, Gary “The GOAT” Garbutt.
Garbutt, donned in a luchador mask to conceal his identity, would reveal himself to be former 205 Live Superstar and current RAW roster member, Cedric Alexander.
Turns out that WWE was initially going to use a local wrestler as enhancement talent for the match but decided to go with Alexander instead, according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com.
He noted that “over the course of the day, there was a pitch for Cedric Alexander to do the spots instead. We are told there will be a follow-up to Alexander’s involvement on RAW Monday.”
Alexander wouldn’t manage to participate too much in the matchup past an impressive initial flurry. He would eventually receive a Claymore Kick courtesy of Drew McIntyre before being pinned for the three count by Shane McMahon. After Reigns helped him to unlace his mask, Alexander removed it and showcased that he had become a little bit bloody during the in-ring exchange.
Speaking of Roman Reigns, WWE has released some official merchandise ahead of his matchup at this Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
Reigns will be teaming for The Undertaker to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.
Riffing off of both Superstar’s insistence to refer to the ring as their “yard”, the shirt is emblazoned with the slogan “We Run This Yard”.
The back of the shirt also seems to reveal that WWE has given the pair a name—one that they may be referred to as by commentary on Sunday: Graveyard Dogs.
Their tag team is being treated as a one-time partnership at this point in time, with no plans to have the two continue wrestling together past Extreme Rules. In theory, that makes this shirt somewhat limited edition.
Extreme Rules Card
Last Chance Winners Take All Mixed Tag Team Extreme Rules Match for both WWE Universal and WWE RAW Women’s Championship
Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) vs Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans
The Undertaker and Roman Reigns vs Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre
WWE Championship Match
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Samoa Joe
Handicap Match for SmackDown Women’s Championship
Bayley (c) vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Drew Gulak (c) vs Tony Nese
Triple Threat Tag Team Match for WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) vs Heavy Machinery
Aleister Black vs Cesaro
WWE United States Championship Match
Ricochet (c) vs AJ Styles
Last Man Standing Match
Braun Strowman vs Bobby Lashley
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Match
The Revival vs The Usos