Roman Reigns — who is supposedly WWE’s golden boy, and star of the future — has been cutting some horrendous promos on WWE television ever since he returned from injury in December, and the reason could be — according to F4WOnline’s Bryan Alvarez — that WWE could be planning on turning Reigns heel.
With Brock Lesnar likely leaving WWE after WrestleMania 31, WWE will be in need of a main-event caliber, monster heel, and Roman Reigns could be the man for the job.
Reigns hasn’t been getting the reaction from the fans that WWE has been wanting him to get leading into the Royal Rumble, where Reigns is expected to win, and head to the main-event of WrestleMania 31, where he’ll win the WWE championship. As a result, WWE may be looking to do with Reigns what they did with The Rock early in his career, which is turn him heel, then when he’s ready, turn him back babyface, and hopefully he’ll be WWE’s next mega-star.
The word is that Vince McMahon himself has been writing all of Reigns’ promos as of late, and is adding comedy to them to humanize Reigns so the WWE fans can relate to him. Vince McMahon’s vision for Reigns is to make him a carbon-copy of John Cena, which many pro wrestling critics don’t believe will work.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer believes that if WWE is still planning on pushing Reigns as the company’s top babyface, that making him exactly like John Cena will not work. Meltzer notes that the reason Hulk Hogan worked was because he was different from Bruno Sammartino, the reason Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart worked was because they were different from Hulk Hogan, and the reason The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin worked was because they were different from Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. Meltzer believes that you can’t make the top guy of the next generation be exactly the same as the top guy from the previous generation, and based on the lack of reaction that Reigns has received as of late, Meltzer could be right.
WWE’s quick fix to Roman Reigns struggling to connect with the WWE fans could be to make him the company’s top heel for the next year, while Daniel Bryan and John Cena work as WWE’s top babyfaces. However, Reigns is still the favorite to win this year’s Royal Rumble match as a babyface. But a Roman Reigns heel turn isn’t out of the question.
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