Roman Reigns made his return to the WWE at the Tables Ladies, Chairs…and Stairs pay-per-view earlier this month and focus has already turned to the Royal Rumble event in January.
Reigns interfered in the Tables match between John Cena and Seth Rollins, hitting a Superman punch on his former Shield stable mate and then made his in-ring return two nights later at the live Super SmackDown episode; defeating Fandango.
Attention has now turned to the Royal Rumble and the role Roman Reigns will play, especially after his record breaking stint in last year’s Rumble.
It’s no secret what the WWE have been planning for Roman Reigns for almost a year now, after being the runner-up to Dave Batista earlier this year Roman Reigns is expected to go one better and is being primed to win the 28th annual Royal Rumble match in 2015.
He is then expected to go on to WrestleMania – as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship won’t be defended in February at the first ever Fast Lane pay-per-view – where he will challenge and defeat Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
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Even though plans are constantly changing in the WWE, this one seems to be a more concrete plan from the WWE's point of view but there are still superstars and personnel backstage who still don’t believe Roman Reigns has what it takes to be the face of the company just yet and that the position is his to lose, according to Dave Meltzer.
The Wrestling Observer have reported that Reigns was originally scheduled to win the Royal Rumble in January and then headline WrestleMania 31 but now there is a lot of scepticism in the WWE to whether Roman Reigns is actually ready for that kind of push to the top of the business.
Dave Meltzer stated that at the moment the crowd are behind him and he is getting a positive reaction but he has only just returned so it does remain to be seen as to whether the fans still believe in Roman Reigns or whether they’ll eventually turn on him which often happens. Meltzer went on to say that the fans aren’t blowing the roof off for him because there is definitely an issue surrounding Reigns.
Meltzer was saying what a lot of fans were thinking, as great as it would be to see Reigns succeed there are still a lot of question marks surrounding his massive push as there are stars who are ahead of him and would be more suitable to this push.
Even though he has had his acting lessons, his promo and microphone work still needs tweaking especially if he is going to become the number one star and Meltzer noted how he has a good look for a champion and has a few moves that are over with the fans, such as his Superman punch and the Spear.
“He’s good enough that he can have a good match with the right opponent, but he’s not great on his own in a 20:00 singles match. Then again, they do need to make a new babyface superstar," it has been reported.
TOO MUCH TOO SOON?
Meltzer was correct in saying Reigns isn’t great in a 20 minute match on his own, he’s competed in plenty alongside Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose but on his own he would need to get used to main eventing every show and his matches won’t last a couple of minutes either, they’ll be a lot longer than expected.
The top two face superstars to take the company forward are Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, we still have Daniel Bryan to return but with doubts over his recovery the WWE will be forced to plan ahead. It’s no secret that Ambrose is the better in-ring worker and is light years ahead of Reigns when it comes to working the microphone, but WWE know what they want in a champion and Reigns has that look, Ambrose doesn’t.
Meltzer also stated that this position is Reigns to lose, there are a number of stars ready to pounce and take that spot from Roman Reigns. Some fans were and will remain nervous surrounding his push, even though we want him to prove the doubters wrong and excel as the number one star, there is that small doubt that he just may not be ready this early.
Now we just sit back and wait to see whether Reigns has what it takes to handle that kind of pressure.