Fans know that Roman Reigns comes from a rich Samoan heritage of tough guys. More sensible fans and other superstars respect that as well as his consistent effort and work ethic.
It is an injustice that the WWE has continued to hold back Roman Reigns to satisfy a hypocritical
segment of the WWE universe while overselling his toughness.
Making a mistake
Roman Reigns should not have been allowed to take such a beating, enduring at least 10 suplexes and five F-5's, only to lose his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Speaking of Lesnar, his previous WrestleMania match ended "The Streak" but giving the Undertaker a concussion early on ruined the quality of their match. Allowing Reigns, who is arguably more agile than Lesnar, to suffer even worse punishment turned out to be pointless.
Since then, Reigns has not fared much better on RAW and SmackDown. Two weeks ago on RAW, Reigns received a choke slam from the Big Show onto the hood of a car. Big Show had already thrown him into the side of the car twice. Thus, instead of giving Reigns the one-on-one title shot he deserved after his aforementioned title match with Brock Lesnar, the WWE continued the excessive brutality against Reigns and renewed his rivalry with the Big Show.
The brutality continued at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view as Reigns battled the Big Show in a Last Man Standing match. They pounded each other mercilessly, and both men crashed through folding tables at different points in the grueling match.
Too much, too young?
Reigns emerged victorious after spearing Big Show through one announce table and burying him under the other one. The audience enjoyed the main event-worthy bout, but whether the repeated, high level of violence was worth it is questionable. Although relatively young, Reigns has already experienced a long absence in order to recover from a hernia surgery.
Yet, Reigns would have to face Kane at the following SmackDown show and have his spine driven into the ring post and slammed onto a ring announcer's table. So far, the WWE has simply expected Reigns to continue enduring severe physical punishment. Scripted or not, most action cannot be faked; the impact can only be minimized as much as possible.
A week ago on RAW, after Kane allowed the WWE universe to "decide" who Seth Rollins' title defense would be against at Payback, a triple threat match featuring Reigns, Randy Orton, and Rollins seemed a foregone conclusion since Reigns and Orton had both pleaded their cases.
On the most recent RAW, per Kane's stipulation, Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins in a non-title match in order to be added to the title match. This could be an incredible match, or it could just get ugly. Undoubtedly, Roman Reigns will have to sell his toughness once again, but maybe, he will come out on top this time.
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