An official WWE article has Roman Reigns taking over The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania for years into the future. While that officially answers the question about whether Vince McMahon and Triple H will continue to push Reigns as the next big thing, you almost have to wonder if the WWE article is serious or if they are just trolling the WWE Universe.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, several WWE fans who attended the Austin Comic-Con this past week asked Mark Calaway about Sting Vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. He simply shrugged, saying he did not have an opinion on the matter. But what had WWE fans buzzing was that The Undertaker implied he might not even attend WrestleMania 31 at all!
The idea that Roman Reigns might take over The Undertaker’s streak is no mere rumor or backstage talk. The WWE website itself ran an article recently predicting just that.
“The WWE Universe was ready to write off WrestleMania undefeated streaks forever in 2014, when Brock Lesnar inconceivably conquered The Undertaker’s vaunted 21-year record in New Orleans. Yet, the heartache of that loss would soften over time, thanks to an emerging new streak belonging to Roman Reigns. By 2019, The Road to WrestleMania chatter will be dominated not only by talk of the WWE World Heavyweight Title Match, but also speculation over whether the Superman Punch will notch yet another victory at The Showcase of the Immortals.”
Apparently, the WWE is already counting Roman Reigns’ streak as starting during his time with The Shield, and by time WrestleMania 35 rolls around in 2019, this streak will be up to 7-0. They do admit that the Samoan Superman’s streak may never reach the phenom proportions of The Undertaker’s streak, but they are already predicting a T-shirt slogan featuring the phrase “Showcase of the Superman Punch.”
The WWE article comes off more as a shove than a push, considering how Roman Reigns’ injury has him sidelined for the moment. While rumors have Reigns appearing on Monday Night RAW in the relatively near future, the fact remains that hernia surgery takes months to heal properly, meaning Superman won’t exactly be flying back into the ring.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin also recently chimed in how Reigns is apparently the anointed hero of the year. While Austin agrees that Reigns’ “physical appearance” gives him a leg up on Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, he also warns that the push by the WWE can quickly end if Vince McMahon’s business is not being served.
“Just because someone looks great does not mean he will be a top guy. They can try to anoint him as a top guy, but if he cannot do what he’s supposed to do when the bell rings, and put people’s asses in the seats, he’s not the top guy.”
Many sports writers have criticized Reigns for his mic work, but Austin also criticizes Reigns’ limited number of moves, saying that he “needs to add to some more offensive arsenal and workmanship into his performance inside the squared circle once the bell rings — learning how to work a body part, and tell a story in a match. The other guys are a little bit further advanced from in on that.”
Do you think Roman Reigns has the potential to take over The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania?