Roman Reigns is in the main event of WrestleMania for the second year in a row. People still don't like him.
For some reason, Vince McMahon and the rest of the WWE creative team are still pushing him as the top guy and future face of the company despite fans obviously rather preferring either Brock Lesnar or Dean Ambrose take his place against Triple H at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
If you want to know how bad things are, Triple H was cheered wildly by the crowd on Monday Night Raw after smashing Reigns' face into a table, making him bleed, and then standing over him. That's the same Triple H who has been one of the biggest villains on the show for the past year or two. Stone Cold Steve Austin has seen this and the Texas Rattlesnake knows exactly how to fix it.
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Heel Turn Is A Must
On the latest episode of The Steve Austin Show, the WWE Hall of Famer said he feels Vince McMahon is sticking with Reigns' face push for too long and has to make some changes before it is too late.
“I predicted this all along. The kid has got to have a heel run before he’s going to be universally loved because that’s just the way that I see it," Austin said. "I’ve always said that I think the guy needs to be a heel first, but, nonetheless, that’s not my call. That’s the booking committee’s call or Vince [McMahon]’s call."
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In Austin's view, if the fans are currently hating on Reigns then make that hate acceptable and warranted.
"That’s what’s going to make it fun again because everybody is going to be so onboard with booing him! I’m telling you, once he goes through that process, whether that takes one year, two years, [or] whatever, then, they’re going to end up loving the guy."
Vince Not Backing Down
We all know the real sticking point here though and it's Vince McMahon, who is being so one-track minded that he probably refuses to entertain the idea of Reigns not getting over or turning him heel.
“To me, it’s like Vince chose this guy and he’s sticking with him," Austin said. "Whatever the fans think, whether it’s the smart marks, or the casual fans, or the fervent fans, I don’t know. He’s sticking with this guy and I don’t know."
"He’s not going to pick another guy because he has so much invested in this guy, so he [has] got to keep riding him, but he could ride him in a different direction, but you can’t back off the gas pedal. Babyface or heel, you’ve got to keep the pedal to the metal with this guy because if you don’t, he will become an also-ran immediately.”
Basically, we're stuck with Roman Reigns.