One of the most talked about booking angles in the WWE today is that of Roman Reigns and his rise to the top. He's supposed to be a babyface, but he is being booed like a heel.
While he had a great match against AJ Styles, everybody had already foreseen the outcome of the clash for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Reigns pinning Styles in the middle of the ring. One, two, three.
This predictability of the event, as well as several other events from the past year including the match against Triple H at WrestleMania 32, has lead to a very strong negative reaction towards The Big Dog.
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Although he didn't directly reference it, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross commented on the recent situation in the company where babyfaces are being received as babyfaces anymore.
He said on his blog: “The days of being a 100% babyface or 100% villain in pro wrestling are likely over and if not over certainly nearing an end and at best is on life support. Smart booking, in ring execution, creative tweaks, etc likely won’t change this trend that is society influenced more than it is wrestling influenced in my opinion.
"Something as straight forward as the broadcast of the NFL Draft and how the live audience responded over a three day period is certainly proof that our society is one of overt defiance and for being outspoken in essentially all forums which would have been unheard of just a few years ago.
"This is not a sign of the end times for pro wrestling but it does indicate that decision makers must create with these issues in mind and present their products more smartly and with today’s ticket buyer/TV viewer in mind more than ever. It will also affect how broadcasters present the product, too. Times they are a changing and this isn’t our granddaddy’s rasslin’ business any more.”
Reigns' booking will have to begin to change if the WWE wishes to continue to push him as their top guy. While the WWE doesn't look like it is going in that direction anytime soon, a good way to go would be a heel turn because then the nuclear heat he already has is given a use.
At the end of the day, its fans that will ultimately decide if Reigns is accepted as a heel as if that turn eventually happens. As of right now, he is a fine example of that the days of being a 100% babyface or 100% villain in pro wrestling are likely over.