Well, WWE listened to us, the thousands upon thousands of fans who relentlessly rejected their vision of Roman Reigns as a conquering, Cena or Hogan-style babyface with arenas full of negative crowd reactions. They have throttled back on his massive main event push, dropping him down the card since losing the WWE World Title at Money in the Bank, so they can rebuild his character into something the fans will hopefully accept.
Except, they kind of haven’t really done any of that. If you’ve been watching, it’s pretty clear that whomever is actually holding the WWE Universal Title, Roman Reigns is still supposed to be The Guy, the most important person on the roster, the one who stands tall at the end of the show, and the only Superstar we’re really supposed to care about. In fact, it’s getting very obvious that WWE hasn’t learned from their mistakes, and the current plan for Reigns is only going to end up biting them in the ass yet again.
Let’s take a closer look at how even though they’ve professed that they’ve learned from their mistakes, WWE is continuing to mess up a potential top star.
But First, Some Clarification
We do not have a problem with Roman Reigns, the wrestler or the man. He’s a good wrestler capable of having great matches with the right opponents, which is a lot easier in the modern WWE where everyone in the main event has a baseline of “pretty good wrestler”. Every report we’ve seen says he’s a likable guy with lots of respect among the rest of the roster, and he generally seems like a decent human being. Honestly, he absolutely should be a major part of WWE’s main event scene for the foreseeable future. Our problems stem from WWE itself, and its stubborn refusal to see Reigns as anything more than a squeaky-clean heroic figure that will fill the void of John Cena for years to come. There’s no shame in him not fitting that mold, but there is a major issue with WWE failing to make adjustments when it’s clear that the role they’ve envisioned for Reigns is not the one he should be in.