Is WWE's Obsession With Babyface Roman Reigns Ruining the Product?


I'll be honest with you: as soon as Roman Reigns pinned Dean Ambrose to get the victory and face Triple H at WrestleMania, my heart dropped. I couldn't believe WWE had given Reigns another win. I've been wanting to write this article for a long time, but more than ever, I feel confident saying that WWE's obsession with babyface Reigns is ruining the product. And the most frustrating part is that with a couple of adjustments, Reigns could be one of the most enjoyable wrestlers on the roster.


Indeed, I like Roman Reigns. While some people seem to despise him as a person, I just hate the way he's being booked. While his mic skills need some work, the guy's an absolute athlete. He looks like a million bucks and he constantly puts on great matches. He's only been in the business for a couple of years and he already has that 'big time player' feel. However, he's simply not a babyface. When I look at him, I don't think: "Roman Reigns is great! I want to cheer him!" Instead, I think: "this guy looks like a prick. I want to boo him!" And that's not a bad thing. At all. If creative wasn't so stubborn, they would see that the 'let's push Reigns to the moon' plan would be miles more effective if he was a heel.


Honestly, I don't see why WWE hasn't turned Reigns heel. I've literally been talking about it since early 2015. Just look at some of the biggest babyfaces in the company's history! Rock turned heel before becoming one of the most over guys ever. Fans organically started to cheer Cena as a babyface because he was an awesome heel for months. More recently, Charlotte was in a similar situation: her face run wasn't sticking with the main roster's audience. Now, she's the biggest heel in the division! Imagine a heel Reigns, being a  powerful, vicious badass. The storylines write themselves. I could see him joining the authority and cutting promos saying things like 'I might not be an indie darling, but the authority CHOSE ME, not (insert IWC's favorite indie darling)!' Just turn him heel, let him be himself, and it will pay off.


Back to current events, the finish to Fastlane's main event left a sour taste in my mouth. Ideally, I wanted Ambrose or Lesnar to win. And the match itself was great! But even outside of that, the finish felt so anticlimactic. Reigns took like 5 chair shots, just to instantly get up and get the win. It felt fake. And yes, wrestling is fake. But if you feel like you're watching predictable, fake fights, it probably means something went wrong. Now, people are giving up, saying that Reigns will go on to face Hunter at Mania, and get the title in a predictable, dull match. And while that might happen, there's still hope!


If you're on Twitter, you'll realise that every year, around this time, fans start saying that WrestleMania is going to suck and that it'll be the worst show ever. It happened for the past two years, and those WrestleManias rocked! My point is: it's not over until it's over. WWE can always change things. Reigns and HHH can do a double turn, Ambrose can insert himself into the match, etc. Our job as the audience is to respectfully express our opinion, and hope WWE listens. Mania 32 is more than a month away. So please, wrestling fans, don't give up!

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