It has been something that’s been rumored for months, and many thought it would have already happened. After capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Title twice, Roman Reigns is still getting booed out of every building he enters, but he’s still playing to the fans. He’s still the babyface. Well, it appears as if his third time may be the charm that brings about a heel turn for the former member of The Shield, and it is coming after WrestleMania 32.
Roman Reigns just recently returned to WWE television after a few weeks absence due to having surgery on his nose, but he was written off due to the vicious beating at the hands of Triple H. When he returned, it was rather unexpected, and Reigns did something that may lead to the heel turn.
When Reigns’ music hit, Triple H hit each turnbuckle and stared out into the crowd to find where he would be coming from. Shockingly, he entered the arena and headed down to the ring from the stage under the TitanTron.
According to The Wrestling Observer, Reigns changing up his entrance is a sign that a heel turn is coming for him. It’s a way of having him away from the crowd and the groping fans who love having him walk right by them.
Roman Reigns hitting the ring from the stage is the change that will be needed to show he doesn’t care about the fans and won’t want to be near them.
WWE has really pushed for Reigns to be their next big babyface and overall face of the company for the past two years. Well, the face of the company behind John Cena, but they’ve been trying desperately to get it accomplished.
It simply hasn’t worked, though.
Roman is still getting booed, and he is often on the receiving end of a loud, negative reaction that far outweighs any positive response from the fans. Fansided even has an interesting new note that not only is Roman Reigns getting real boos, but he’s getting fake boos along with them.
Apparently, there were some pretty loud cheers for Roman Reigns at this past Tuesday’s SmackDown taping. Fans then heard booing that drowned out their cheers, and they couldn’t see anyone in the crowd actually directing their vocal displeasure at Mr. Reigns.
Now, this has not been totally confirmed, but the possibility is there that WWE is trying to get any of those cheering for him…well, to change their tune. This could be another sure sign that WWE is going to go through with the Reigns’ heel turn after he wins the title next weekend from Triple H.
As reported recently by Inquisitr, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin said that Reigns has everything he needs to succeed in WWE. The problem is that he needs to have a big-time heel turn as a singles wrestler. If he does, then his next face turn will mean more, and the fans will actually care about it.
“The kid has got to have a heel run before he’s going to be universally loved because that’s just the way that I see it. I’ve always said that I think the guy needs to be a heel first, but, nonetheless, that’s not my call. That’s the booking committee’s call or Vince’s call. That’s what’s going to make it fun again because everybody is going to be so onboard with booing him! I’m telling you, once he goes through that process, whether that takes one year, two years, whatever, then, they’re going to end up loving the guy.”
He makes a very valid point, and WWE may already be planting the seeds for him to turn heel, and there would be no better way of doing it than having him turn on his Shield brother, Dean Ambrose.
There comes a time when every single superstar needs a good heel turn in wrestling. Roman Reigns came into WWE as a big-time heel with The Shield, and he’s been a babyface since their split. Now, he is poised to capture the WWE Title at WrestleMania 32, and that long-awaited heel turn looks to be on the way soon.
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