Roman Reigns may have come away from WrestleMania 32 as the WWE's Heavyweight champion but it wasn't an easy night for the Big Dog.
Heading into the event, the expectation was that Reigns would be booed despite his role as a babyface, and that proved to be the case as the former shield member emerged in front of a record-breaking crowd.
The WWE did their best to drown out the negative reaction with the Superstar's loud music and, later on, by apparently turning down the crowd noise for TV viewers. Now, though, an unfiltered video filmed by a fan inside the AT&T Stadium has revealed just how bad it was for Reigns.
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The video, posted to the Squared Circle page on Reddit by a user named 'Mr_purrfect' shows how the boos reserved for Triple H get significantly louder when Reigns' music begins.
There are some pockets of cheering that can be heard amongst the 100,000-plus crowd, but there can be no doubt as to what the overwhelming majority of those in attendance felt about Reigns. You can see the video via this link. It is pretty brutal.
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When you compare it to WWE's television footage of Reigns' entrance which appears to see the crowd mics turned down half way through the same segment the contrast is fairly clear, and it will have been impossible for the wrestler himself not to have been affected by it.
The backlash to the WWE's persistent push of Reigns has been clear for some time and these type of scenes haven't been uncommon on Raw and pay-per-view shows. This, though, was on another level.
When the vast majority of a 101,000 strong crowd is actively rejecting your biggest storyline, surely the WWE have to take note eventually.
You have to feel sorry for Reigns himself in this situation. He didn't choose to become the WWE's handpicked babyface and he sure wasn't going to turn down the opportunity when it came his way. As the video shows, he hadn't even taken two steps onto the ramp before the boos rang out.
Nevertheless, he now finds himself in the unenviable position of being the WWE's top champion whilst simultaneously being one of its most disliked wrestlers. For a babyface, this is a big issue.
It will be interesting to see how fans react tonight when he appears with the title on Monday Night Raw at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
A similar reaction to that in Arlington will leave the WWE creative team with a huge headache as they look to firm up their post-WrestleMania plans.
WWE fans: How can WWE save the Roman Reigns situation? Have your say in the comments below...
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