It's been nearly two weeks since the Royal Rumble, and since we found out that Roman Reigns lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the event after he was eliminated by the eventual winner, Triple H.
Many fans were happy to see The Big Dog not walk out of the event as champion, but some were also annoyed by the way he was booked throughout the Royal Rumble event. If you remember, halfway through the match, Reigns was taken to the back due to an 'injury' and wasn't heard of again until later.
This was another lapse in judgement by the WWE creative team, but you can understand why it was done. The WWE has had so many injuries to their top stars recently, they're wrapping people like Reigns in cotton wool, metaphorically, by taking them backstage, to make sure they're not overworked or injured during a match.
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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross certainly felt there were better ways for the WWE to book Reigns at the Royal Rumble, and he made that clear when he was interviewed by Sports Illustrated.
He said: "Roman Reigns took more heat than he ever deserved for how he was booked at the Royal Rumble. He was a nose tackle in the ACC at Georgia Tech at 300-plus pounds, and then decided to go into the family business of pro wrestling.
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"The thing we told him was, 'You've got to work on your body,' and I'm sure The Rock probably had some influence on that, too, but Reigns worked extremely hard and is very dedicated. The way he was booked in the Royal Rumble was decided by management. It was executed poorly."
Ross' way of booking Reigns at the Royal Rumble would have been much better than what the fans were given.
He said: "There should have been medical staff trying to help him and he could have pushed them away, refusing a ride to the trainer's room. But the damn story was not told. And I'm not lashing out at anyone, because I don't know if that was by design or not.
"In hindsight, instead of sprinting and running to do anything, Reigns should have walked very deliberately and used his facial expressions to tell a great story. But we have the luxury of re-booking something we've already seen.
"I understand the intent of the storyline, but we never got a medical update on Reigns. It might have been a philosophical thing from upper management to have fans forget about Roman for a while, so it wasn't the announcers' fault and it damn sure wasn't Roman Reigns' fault."
Ross certainly isn't the first and won't be the last to criticise the WWE's booking of Reigns, but he has a huge point. If the company is going to be booking Roman as their next big company guy, they need to make sure they tell all parts of the story and struggle, especially through emotion.
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