The big criticism surrounding Roman Reigns – other than his current wellness policy situation – is that the WWE have been force feeding him down our throats and that they’re turning him into the next John Cena.
The comparisons have been clear since the beginning; it’s no secret that he’s being protected and that they want him as the next face of the company and in the long run, he may have the tools to do so.
THE CHOSEN ONES
However, there are ways to fix the Reigns conundrum, and how they can turn him from the stale juggernaut, the fans don’t want to see, into the biggest star in the company. The way to do that is to stop following the Cena path, but look to make Reigns the next Randy Orton instead.
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Just like Reigns, Orton was a Vince McMahon favourite as well. Not only that but even Triple H played a significant role in both of their careers; the only difference is that he faces an uphill task of moulding Reigns into the big WWE star he has the potential to be.
They’re both protected, while Triple H and Ric Flair kept Orton under their wing, Reigns didn’t have that experience hovering over him. Instead, he had Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, so for somebody who was thrown into the deep end right away, he’s done pretty well for himself.
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They shared similar paths to the championship too, breaking free from Evolution and The Shield before going on to become WWE Champions. McMahon put a lot of faith in Orton and look where he ended up, starting off as a face before becoming the Legend Killer and arguably the biggest heel in WWE history.
The same could happen for Reigns; the WWE need to use the boos, his look and skill set to their advantage and do what they did with Orton. Have Reigns turn heel when you least expect it and let him run rampant where he can utilise his look and skills to his advantage.
Reigns and Orton both broke onto the main roster in the same way. There was no explosive singles debut; they were eased in with other stars surrounding them which allowed them to find their feet before moving on to bigger and better things.
I believe this is and was the best way to do things. Without influence from Triple H, Flair and even Batista, who knows how successful Orton may have been now. Their influence on his career has resulted in him picking up multiple World Championships and one of the best to grace the squared circle.
With Reigns, he had two fantastic and more experienced workers who helped make him look like a monster. Reigns could have the same impact as Orton. However, the fans haven’t made it easy for Reigns whereas they were all behind Orton once Evolution broke up.
The best way to get any reaction now is by turning heel. They can’t afford to keep him face because sooner or later, the WWE Universe will revolt and Reigns will fall further down the pecking order, and it’ll be too late to turn him heel.
OTHERS MADE THEM LOOK BETTER
Although Orton is now one of the best workers in the company, that wasn’t always the case. I’d even go as far as saying that in their first three years, Reign is ahead regarding in-ring ability. His matches are explosive, whereas Orton’s were a little slow and you had to be patient with them.
It’s obvious that the both of them aren’t exactly the technical experts on the roster, and the guys they’ve worked with have played a major role in making them look better than they are. There’s nothing wrong with that, it just highlights the comparisons between the pair even further, that it wasn’t easy for either of them.
Orton was protected a lot by being paired with elite guys that were a lot better than him; that made him look fantastic, and his SummerSlam match with Chris Benoit is a testament to that. With Reigns, you now have guys like Rollins and AJ Styles doing the same thing.
A heel turn is needed, it’s as simple as that. Orton didn’t shine as a face either but when he started using his heritage as his trump card, striking from nowhere and having the Legend Killer gimmick, that’s when he seemed his most dangerous. Reigns has the heritage as well; he can use that while the RKO isn’t the only move you can hit from out of nowhere, the Spear is just as explosive while a clear gimmick is also needed as the 'One versus All' simply doesn't work.
There’s more to wellness violations that make them similar; Orton is the blueprint they need to use to make Reigns the biggest star in the company, albeit a heel.
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