Roman Reigns is WWE's LeBron James

There was a time when Roman Reigns was cheered unanimously. He was indeed a star in WWE. As enforcer of popular faction The Shield he’d howl, he’d flex his toned arms, he’d power bomb and spear opponents. When the NXT graduate dropped adversaries for a 3-count audiences rose to their feet with ovation.

Yet the second Reigns became #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship he was met with boos, his abilities were scrutinized, and it was said he’d never be John Cena.

Reigns treatment is reminiscent of NBA star LeBron James.

James took the NBA by storm fresh out of high school. A native of Akron, OH, he was drafted to Cleveland’s Cavaliers. His impact on the team was immediate, turning the underwhelming franchise into favored winners. LeBron jumped high, he dunked powerfully, and made excellent precision passes. When James scored crowds roared.

Yet the second James became a contender for the NBA Championship he was met with jeers, his abilities also came under fire, and was told he’d never be Michael Jordan.

James led the Cavs to an Eastern Conference Championship in 2007, only to be defeated 0-4 by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. No one believed James could lead his team to victory anyway.
Reigns outlasted 29 WWE Superstars to win Royal Rumble 2015, going on to WrestleMania 31 to challenge then champion Brock Lesner. Neither man left with the gold, however. Reigns’ former The Shield mate, Seth Rollins, successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank title opportunity. No one believed Reigns had a chance anyway.

Vilified for their choices, their success often disputed, Reigns and James are both 3-time champions despite the number of championship matchups they’ve lost. While they may never be as great as the greatest, they’ve both achieved greatness in their own right.

James won his 3rd NBA championship on June 19, 2016. He was also awarded Finals MVP after being 1st in every major statistical category during the series. Detesters said his team mate Kyrie Irving deserved it instead. This will remain a hot topic of discussion the entire off season, and likely well into the next.

Reigns 3rd run as WWE Champion was snapped on June 19, losing to Rollins, who then lost to the other former The Shield member, Dean Ambrose.

Ironically, Ambrose cashed in a Money in the Bank opportunity of his own. Two days later Resigns was suspended 30 days by WWE for violating their wellness policy.

Detesters said Reigns should just stay away, as there are others more deserving of the opportunities he’d been given.

Unfortunately for Reigns this will remain a hot topic of discussion until, and long after, his return to highly disregarded action.

By: Mr. Joe Walker

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