Backstage News On Cedric Alexander Being Reigns’ Partner On RAW, Graveyard Dogs Merch

Backstage information on Reigns' tag partner from Monday Night RAW, plus WWE has named the team of Reigns and The Undertaker the 'Graveyard Dogs'.

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.

Graveyard Dogs

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