The WWE have been pushing Roman Reigns as their top star for over a year now, and the majority of the WWE Universe isn't having any of it.
He is expected to win his match against Triple H at WrestleMania 32 and become the company's new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, much to the disagreement of many WWE fans. If this happens, it is expected that AT&T Stadium will ring with boos.
Many suggested have been said for how to improve Reigns and make him more likeable by the WWE Universe. One of these ways is a heel turn, which many other legendary superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, and The Rock had to go through before they were beloved by all.
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And according to some reports, that heel turn might already be taking place.
According to NoDQ: "Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer speculates that Roman Reigns no longer entering through the stands could be the sign of a heel turn. He also notes that it makes sense since so many potential opponents (Cena, Lesnar, Ambrose, Undertaker, and even a returning Rollins) are all fan favorites.
"He says in a different era, when the top guy could make or break business, a heel turn would be likely. However, since Wrestlemania business this year is set to break records, it's less likely Vince McMahon will feel pressured to change long-term company plans."
If the rumors are true, we could be on the verge of witnessing Reigns become The Samoan Badass that he was dubbed out to be when he was part of The Shield. This could definitely be his path to becoming more liked by the majority of the WWE Universe.
Stone Cold has even suggested in the past that The Big Dog should follow the career path of The Rock, who became a heel after his Rocky Maivia persona was unable to win over the fans. As soon as he joined the Nation of Domination, he became a star and the rest is history.
If Reigns is a heel champion as well, he could have so many better feuds than what he would have as a face character. There aren't that many good heel competitors in the WWE at the moment, so it's tough to see how Reigns can develop as a face champion on this fact alone, let alone alongside the reality that he isn't liked.
The former Shield member's situation is close to unfixable. He certainly won't be cheered as a face right now, but turning him heel to build up his character can help him become loved by the WWE Universe, and, therefore, loved in the future when he eventually makes the face turn.