There have been many fans who have held onto hope when it comes to the ‘Big Dog’ Roman Reigns. Reigns started off in the WWE with a strong image that helped him grow an even stronger fan base.
As of late, this has NOT been the case.
Breaking out as one-third of ‘The Shield’ AKA The hounds of justice, going solo for Reigns seemed like the right move at the right time. Many feuds, many victories and lately, many losses. WWE has been not just pushing Reigns, but, shoving him into the forefront. How did this happen? It all started with Monday Night RAW back in December of 2017
At that time, WWE was and had been planning on pushing Dean Ambrose to be the spearhead of fan favorites, and a Shield reunion was a good part of that. Ambrose, along with his fellow Shield member, Seth Rollins, took part in a tag-team match against Sheamus and Cesaro, better known as The Bar.
The Bar lost by disqualification, and kept their belts as they were the tag-team champions at the time. As Ambrose and Rollins stood in the ring, Kurt Angle came out to have the match restarted as a no disqualification match. The Bar, attempting to re-enter the ring were met by a double suicide dive by Rollins and Ambrose.
After Ambrose collides with Cesaro outside the ring, you can watch him favoring his right arm, at this point it is not clear if he was legitimately hurt or just selling the move.
Shortly thereafter, as Rollins and Ambrose are in the ring with Cesaro, Samoa Joe interrupts the match to draw out Reigns by attacking Ambrose, making his injuries more serious and allowing The Bar to win the match. Backstage, after the match, Samoa Joe and The Bar attack Rollins and Ambrose yet again, but, this time, the injury goes from bad to worse as Samoa Joe crushes Ambrose’s right arm with the lid of a crate.
After all was said and done, Ambrose was set to be out of action from at least nine months to possibly a year.
“The Lunatic Fringe” was set to be the golden boy of Monday Night RAW, especially considering the Shield reunion, the ongoing feud with The Bar and his feud with The Miz, but, as of his injury, things changed quickly.
NOW – Ambrose is out of the picture and they need to replace him quick. WWE uses Rollins and Reigns to compensate for Ambrose being out of action.
They decide to underuse Rollins and overuse Reigns. This was the beginning of the end for Reigns. WWE could not find a proper feud for him aside from Samoa Joe, until they came across the beast himself, Brock Lesnar. Now, bouncing in-between Lesnar and Joe, it seemed that he was on his way to becoming a one trick pony as those were the only noteworthy feuds he had going for himself.
Meanwhile, Rollins, despite a decent storyline was feuding with most of the roster and getting real backstage heat from some. Beit on television or via a pay-per-view, it seemed that reigns was fighting the same people over and over again and the fans were getting bored. As of now, Reigns has more haters than ever, which is funny considering he is supposed to be a baby face and not a heel.
When he comes out and fights one of his two opponents, people know what to expect and during Backlash, the last pay-per-view, droves of people were seen leaving at the beginning of and during the Reigns match against Samoa Joe.
WWE has a pattern of doing this to their stars. As they try to put one over, they end up putting one under. Upon Ambrose returning, things might flip back to how they were before his injury, but, we’ll just have to wait and see.
By. Gordon Rupe
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