Not only was The Big Dog somewhat dispirited after his grisly Universal Title loss to Brock Lesnar, he was more than a little angry that nobody had clued him into The Beast’s new contract or their upcoming Universal Title Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event. Add The Beast's continued absence to that equation, and Reigns was unhappy to say the least. Despite all this, Reigns remained confident he’d take the title from The Beast eventually — though Samoa Joe wasn’t sold.
The returning Samoan Submission Machine didn’t let Reigns off the hook for failing to make good on his yearlong boasts that he was the only one who could topple The Conqueror. Joe claimed that Reigns’ continued shortcomings only served to diminish his legend while lining The Beast’s pockets, but he was here to let Reigns know that his suffering was nearing its end because, after Lesnar was done with The Big Dog at the Greatest Royal Rumble, The Samoan Submission Machine would be waiting at WWE Backlash to finish whatever was left of him.