Wrestler Of The Week
Let’s flash back to a little over a year ago: the 2014 Royal Rumble. I’ve heard it talked about a lot lately, how Roman Reigns and Batista were the last two men left in the ring – and everybody was cheering for Reigns. They all wanted him to win, but was it for any of the right reasons? See, I don’t know if they were cheering for Roman to win because they wanted him to win, or because they saw the writing on the wall and did not want the Animal to. I get it, though. That was the night that Batista made his return to the company for the first time in years, and he was put right into the Main Event at WrestleMania. Everybody wanted it to be Daniel Bryan and nobody wanted it to be Batista.
On this past episode of Monday Night Raw, due to the avalanche of fan backlash, Triple H and Vince McMahon were forced to put Daniel Bryan back in the picture for that final match at WrestleMania 31. He beat Seth Rollins in a match to earn the chance to face Roman Reigns at the upcoming Pay-per-view, Fastlane. The winner of Reigns vs. Bryan is going to face The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar, at Mania. Word is that this is the setup for Roman Reigns to turn heel. That sounds genius. In the situation Vince is stuck in, turning Roman heel would be the perfect solution. He’s getting booed every time he’s on television, so they might as well embrace the hate. This way they can make it work for them.
Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan will be a great feud for them to get into, especially after Roman wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Brock. Bryan will still be owed the rematch he never got when that title was stripped from him due to injury [real injury]. With Lesnar potentially leaving for the UFC, Roman Reigns could be the new unstoppable beast, though it may be better for him to win his matches with underhanded tactics. Go for the cheap heat and really get the fans to hate him. Hear the reaction at Royal Rumble 2015, and then try and imagine how it’ll sound in an arena after Roman Reigns beats Daniel Bryan to retain his WWE World Heavyweight belt, by way of an outside run in, or a foreign object.
The place will explode.
Reigns is at a point where he can get the kind of heat that the Fabulous Freebirds got when they beat the Von Erich’s in their home state of Texas. This is back during the golden age, when people bought into it enough that the Freebirds were scared to have to leave their dressing room. If they do all of this right, it could be the biggest moment for the WWE in a long time. Roman Reigns was given one ball, and told to run with it.
He tripped on his first step, but then they switched the ball out. All of a sudden he’s got a much lighter ball to carry. He doesn’t have to worry about getting over as the charismatic John Cena clone he was being pushed as. Now, if he does indeed get pushed as a heel, he’ll be allowed to pick his words. I even read a theory that since Brock is leaving, they may try and stick Paul Heyman with Reigns to help him out, same way he did Lesnar. That would give Roman a mouthpiece, which would really be the final piece of the puzzle. All Roman Reigns is missing is the promo skills. He’s rough on the microphone, and apparently can’t remember his lines a lot, but all that goes away if you have the Walrus start doing his talking. You put a microphone in Paul Heyman’s hand, and I guarantee I will not be changing the channel.
The same cannot be said about Roman Reigns.
Now I know I haven’t gone into his career here, like at all, but the guy has had maybe ten or fifteen single’s matches, if that. He’s only been in the WWE since 2012 and he spent a majority of his time in Shield. This is where he caught my attention, first. Well, to be fair, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins really caught my attention, but it’s not as if I could’ve missed Reigns. He’s a huge Samoan dude who goes out and either spears people, or drops a Superman punch on ’em. That’s what made me not hate Roman Reigns, because I’ve never been too huge on the massive powerhouses who can’t be taken down. However, I love a good Superman punch and Roman’s was always very well executed. Especially in any Shield matches.
I’ve written about my love of the Rock Bottom, the Stunner, and the Sweet Chin Music before. It was always the spontaneity with those moves. The Rock, Steve Austin, or HBK could’ve hit one of those at any moment, and it’s the same with Roman. He’s caught me off guard, many a times, by flying into frame from out of nowhere and delivering the big punch.
Oh, also, if he’s going to keep delivering spears that look this brutal, I’m more than ready for Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31.