Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon: The Roman Reigns Hatred Burns

By @B_Rock1978

So why all the hatred for Roman Reigns from the WWE Universe? Sadly, Reigns, is starting to fall under the John Cena category. Push him hard, whether the fans like him or not and piss everyone off.

This past Sunday's Royal Rumble, was a huge example of this. As soon as everyone's fan favorite, Daniel Bryan, was eliminated, it was obvious that Roman Reigns was going to walk out of the rumble the winner. Considering Reigns has been talked about winning the Rumble for the past 9 months, I'm still not quite sure how this was a surprise to the WWE Universe. Granted, I too wanted Daniel Bryan to win, but once Bryan was eliminated, it was clear as day that Roman Reigns would go onto Wrestlemania 31.

So where did WWE go wrong with Roman Reigns? My best answer to this is, I feel Roman Reigns was not really built up good enough to be considered a main event superstar. Honestly, Reigns, in my opinion should still be a mid-card superstar at the moment. Reigns has yet to even win a mid-card title like the  Intercontinental title or the United States title to really cement himself into becoming a main eventer. I don't know, I guess I'm still stuck in old school wrestling, where guys like The Rock, Steve Austin, Bret Hart, or even Shawn Michaels, had to make a name for themselves in the mid-card, before they would even be considered a main eventer. I think Reigns should have been given at least a good four to five month run as Intercontinental Champion, before even being considered for a world title shot.

Let's take a look at Roman Reigns' career from last year's Royal Rumble to the present. I find it funny how at last year's rumble, how much the fans loved Roman Reigns and they wanted to see him win over Batista. And then fast forward to this year's Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns, played the part of Batista, and nobody wanted to see him win the Royal Rumble.

So we have a current fan favorite, Roman Reigns, that almost won the 2014 Royal Rumble, to start out the year. Reigns, next would then feud with Evolution, along with his Shield brothers. Ok he's getting a little bit of a build up because he's feuding with Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista, three big names in the WWE. It's right around this time that Reigns Is already being considered the top candidate to win the 2015 Royal Rumble. Why? He has not done one damn thing at this point in time, besides being the big man in a trio faction and showing off a few power moves. Next, The Shield breaks up and Roman Reigns is now a solo superstar, so now he can show the world why he should be considered a main eventer. But Reigns is already main eventing, as he competed in the Money In The Bank WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match and then a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four Way at Battleground. At this moment, Roman Reigns is already being shoved down the WWE Universe's throats, before we can even decide whether we like him or not. Roman Reigns goes on to face Randy Orton at SummerSlam. So okay, maybe WWE realizes we need a better build up for Roman Reigns so we'll start giving him singles matches against high-profile players. This is good so far. Next, they put Roman Reigns up against the current Money In The Bank winner, Seth Rollins. Orton one month, Rollins the next, build up is looking good. And then it happens, the one thing you hate to see a superstar have to go through, an injury. All that build up has now been deleted, as Roman Reigns has to take 3 months off for a hernia injury.

Roman Reigns returns in December, just one month away from his already more than likely guaranteed Royal Rumble win. And what has he accomplished to be worthy enough for a WrestleMania main event? A feud with Evolution, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and a current feud in January with Big Show, that no one has really shown interest in. That is it, that ladies and gentleman is your future WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 31.

So that brings me to my original question that I asked at the beginning of this blog, why all the hatred for Roman Reigns from the WWE Universe? The WWE Universe feels Roman Reigns does not deserve a World Heavyweight Championship match at this time. My opinion, I think Reigns can and will be a great main eventer in the company, but not yet. I think they should have held back Reigns from winning the Rumble this year, built him up better throughout 2015 and then have him win the 2016 Royal Rumble. And I honestly hope all of this negative heat towards Roman Reigns that he has picked up doesn't ruin his career.

So after all of the negativity, the "bullshit" chants, the "we want a refund" chants and the #CancelWWENetwork trend on Twitter, hopefully WWE can pick up all of the broken pieces and put things back together correctly for Wrestlemania 31.

Thanks for reading, tap or snap


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