Since the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, WWE fans are at a crossroads. The WWE, themselves, are at a crossroads. It’s a precarious situation that isn’t enviable. At the current moment, Roman Reigns is the “heir apparent” to John Cena’s crown atop the WWE landscape.
He won the Royal Rumble match, which got him even more heat. Above all else, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose aren’t near the top of the WrestleMania 31 card. Regardless of the frustration and disappointment, WWE will persist with their plans. One plan, however, is about to change.
Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar was the WWE’s main event at WrestleMania 31. Most of the WWE Universe was disgusted at the thought of that match taking place. Triple H on Thursday Night Smackdown announced that a change is coming that will shake the WWE to its core. It certainly does have something to do with the main event of WrestleMania 31.
Disregarding the WWE Universe’s feelings for a moment, there is another reason, which isn’t quite well-known yet. On Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast, he accused Roman Reigns of not being ready for the main event. He also said that Reigns has a “self-entitlement” problem that could halt his giant push. Here’s the quote from Austin and Wade Keller, his guest from PWTorch.com, as they discussed this dilemma.
“You can’t take [your spot in WWE] as a given. As soon as you think you’re entitled, you’re thinking it’s a given — no, bad things are gonna happen because it’s conveyed in your presentation. It’s like when Alabama took on Ohio State. Ohio State was number four, Alabama number one, and I think Alabama assumed they were supposed to win that game and they got the h*** beat out of them because Ohio State went and punched them in the mouth. You can’t ever assume that everything’s just gonna happen because then you get a h*** of a wakeup call.”
That quote from Austin came after Keller told him his sources indicated a confidence-issue with Reigns. The problem with Reigns’ confidence wasn’t that he didn’t have any, rather he is self-confident to the point of being self-absorbed.
Could this be the reason why Roman Reigns’ push is changing? If the WWE were confident with the main event this year, there would be no changes whatsoever. Instead, Triple H is about to address the WWE Universe on Monday Night Raw and change the landscape of the WWE.
Earlier this week, Mick Foley shared his thoughts on the whole situation:
Please stop – you’re killing the poor guy,
Perhaps it will be easier to just let Reigns go and be himself. His interview with Michael Cole, and then with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, seemed like a Reigns character the WWE fans could get behind. Instead, the rumor came out that Reigns was fed lines the entire time. If they want Reigns to win over the WWE Universe, let him be himself.
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