Stone Cold Steve Austin might have recently ruled himself out of a WWE return, but that doesn't mean he hasn't got plenty of opinions on the current product.
And one man The Texas Rattlesnake has plenty of thoughts on is Roman Reigns, the apple in the WWE hierarchy's eye currently.
But, whilst Vince McMahon and Co. appear determined to set up Reigns as the top babyface in the company, Austin argued this week that the former Shield member's character should be going in the complete opposite direction.
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Speaking on his podcast, Stone Cold claimed Reigns had to be a heel first before he could become a worthy babyface:
"I think Roman needs to be a heel. Go through that journey and then evolve into a babyface. To me, it’s almost going to mirror what the Rock did," explained Austin, via Wrestling News Source.
Reigns, of course, is the real-life cousin of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. And, considering how successful The People's Champ was in morphing between heel and babyface, perhaps the WWE should keep the family tradition going with Reigns.
"[WWE] brought him (The Rock) in as a white meat baby. People hated him and they wanted to hate him. And then, all of a sudden, the Rock started taking over the Nation of Domination," continued Austin.
"He was the alpha male in that group. All of a sudden, the promo skills come alive. The character comes alive. The personality comes alive and he turned into the most electrifying man in sports entertainment."
With Reigns continuing to progress in the ongoing tournament to find a new WWE Heavyweight Champion, and with reports suggesting he is set to claim the belt sometime before WrestleMania 32, all roads point to his babyface run continuing.
But, considering the WWE Universe's continued ambivalence to the ex-NFL player, adding an extra layer to his character via a heel turn first would definitely make that road a lot more interesting, and ultimately rewarding, for all involved.
"I just think, organically, that’s the way it’s going to play out for Roman Reigns," Austin concluded.
"Now, you can try to put him in that babyface spot, that number one spot, right now to see what happens and I’ll be very, very interested to see, if indeed, that’s what they do because I’m just waiting on the edge of my seat to see what happens.”
WWE fans: Would you support a Roman Reigns heel turn? Have your say in the comments below...