Vince McMahon and the rest of the WWE's creative team are seemingly infatuated with Roman Reigns.
McMahon, Triple H and co. seem intent on making Reigns into a star and face of the company, as shown by his superhuman showings in back-to-back Royal Rumbles and a push towards the main event picture earlier this year.
Former WWE writer Kevin Eck published his latest blog, “The Eck Factor” on Sportsblog, and made a pretty startling revelation about Reigns' start in the WWE.
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No Samoan Talk
Eck was talking about how Roman Reigns’ WWE introduction was debated in the creative team, with Vince McMahon and Triple H deciding that there should be no mention of Reigns' Samoan heritage.
Eck says he wanted to originally pitch Reigns as being a cousin of the Usos and play up his Samoan heritage, but Vince McMahon and Triple H agreed this wasn’t the way to go.
Eck said that he created a storyline for the feud that would acknowledge the Usos and Rikishi as family, which would result in a bigger feud for Reigns and The Shield when they were still together.
" I suggested that we bring in The Usos' father, Rikishi, to appear with his sons on Raw. After an Usos victory, they dance with their father to his music when The Shield suddenly hits the ring and attacks them from behind," Eck wrote.
"After taking out Jimmy and Jey, The Shield delivers a severe beat-down to Rikishi, culminating in a Triple Powerbomb through the announce table," he went on to add.
The blog then went on to say that McMahon put the kybosh on the idea because WWE fans apparently only see Samoan wrestlers as gimmicks.
"Their belief was that it would pigeonhole him and damage his mystique. The inference was that the audience had a preconceived notion of what a Samoan wrestler is. You know, a guy in a grass skirt who wears a puka shell necklace."
This was obviously a great idea by McMahon and co because admitting he was Samoan damaged The Rock's character completely. Oh yeah, and Reigns embraced his Samoan heritage during his face turn, shocker.