Since Roman Reigns was established as the new face of the WWE, there has been mixed opinions on him as a superstar, with a vast majority being against him and the decision to have him pushed as the company's top star.
This negativity towards The Big Dog was so strong that when he had his WrestleMania 32 match against Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the boos from the crowd was so loud, the WWE muted some of the mics in the stadium.
Since that horrible night in Texas, times have changed slightly. While backlash may continue as Reigns tries to promote himself as The Guy, his in-ring work has improved, alongside his versatility, as he transitions from no longer being face or heel, but more of a tweener.
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Ric Flair recently commented on the current WWE Champion's progress in the company while on the Talk is Jericho podcast - according to Wrestling Inc - saying how his adaptability helps him with the crowd, and how his performances in the ring are managing to sway people's opinions on him too.
"Look at the match him and AJ [Styles] had [at WWE Payback]. Holy cow! What a match. Start, restart, start, restart. And you know, AJ flies around. [Jericho] should know. He works [Jericho's] style of work, but Roman hung right there with him for 30 minutes.
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"Roman [has] got legs. It makes him a better performer. You can't [boo him] anymore. But he just had to work hard to win them over. But the company just proves everybody right. They did the right thing.
"Bret [Hart], I just saw Bret the other day, but Bret was hammering the company for the way they treat Roman. Roman's as happy as can be. Bret's fine now too! As long as he can put the Sharpshooter on me, he's happy."
Arguably, the match Styles and Reigns had at Extreme Rules was better than their match at Payback. The Big Dog has definitely been improving in the ring and on the mic, but he isn't at the level of John Cena yet.
He still has a couple of things that need to be improved upon, specifically the fluency of his promos and trying to make them not sound scripted. Some of the top WWE superstars from the past including Cena are able to do this naturally, and Reigns needs to learn to do the same. It won't happen over night, but WWE has the faith in him to reach that goal.
Reigns' next title defence will be against Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank on June 19 where, despite improvements, he is likely to be booed. If he is able to put on a good wrestling performance inside the squared circle, however, more fans might be swayed by him as the brand extension gets ever closer.
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