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Jey Uso to challenge for Universal title at WWE Clash of Champions

A family member will be the first challenger for Roman Reigns' Universal Championship.

Reigns' cousin Jey Uso defeated Matt Riddle, Baron Corbin, and Sheamus in a fatal four-way number one contender's match on tonight's SmackDown and will challenge Reigns for the Universal Championship at Clash of Champions later this month. Uso wasn't originally announced as one of the participants for the number one contender's match, but there was an angle where Big E was attacked by Sheamus and taken out of the match.

Uso pinned Riddle to win tonight's main event. Riddle had hit the Floating Bro on Corbin, but Uso then came off the top with a splash on Riddle to get the win.

After winning the Universal title at Payback, Reigns opened tonight's SmackDown with Paul Heyman by his side. Uso approached Reigns backstage after, welcomed him back, and said Reigns made their whole family proud. Uso said he's been calling and texting Reigns all week, but Reigns said he's been busy. Uso asked what the deal was with Heyman, but Reigns told him not to worry about it and said he has it all under control. Uso assured Reigns that he's always there if he needs someone to watch his back.

Heyman later approached Adam Pearce after Big E was taken out of the number one contender's match.

Uso spoke to Reigns backstage before the match and thanked him for getting him the spot in it. Reigns said that Heyman made it happen. Reigns said he wins everything and he knows Jimmy Uso would win, so let's see if Jey can get one on his own this time.

When he was interviewed after his win, Jey said now he made their family proud too.

Clash of Champions is taking place on Sunday, September 27. Drew McIntyre defending his WWE Championship against Randy Orton is also set for the pay-per-view.