The Rumor mill has been buzzing with the news that Vince McMahon is still unhappy with Roman Reigns.
According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, McMahon plans to take away the top guy status from Reigns.
A big fall
Falling out of Vince McMahon’s good graces is never positive and the streets are littered with guys McMahon once deemed “The Top Guy.”
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However there is still a chance Reigns can survive this terrible moment in his career, and climb his way back to the top.
Look to Reigns' past Success.
It might be hard for some to believe but there was a moment in Reigns' solo career when he was loved by the WWE Universe.
Going back to 2014, at what can be considered the start of his run, we can see evidence in The Money in the Bank and Battleground pay per views that Reigns was connecting with the crowd.
At the Battleground event, Reigns was the guy getting the biggest pop from the crowd and at one point he got the crowd to give him a “This is Awesome” chant.
This has always been one of the reasons the criticism of the disaster that became his run has rung a little hollow at times.
Reigns was getting over on his own, without the scripted promos or forced baby face aesthetic.
Reigns was simply the quiet bad ass that mowed through his opponents aloof to the “Top Guy” trappings.
With Vince turning his back on Reigns, he can possibly find a way back to this original persona and maybe taking the spot light off of Reigns could give him a chance to find his voice again.
Hit a stride as a badass without having every match diminished by the pre- programed hate parade.
Reigns is incredibly gifted physically and his ring psychology is well developed with some of his subtlety controlling a crowd lost in all the noise.
Perhaps this demotion could give him a chance to take back control of his character.
The Hard Road Back
A great deal of complaints against Roman Reigns seem to stem from certain misconceptions about his push.
For example that Roman was force fed down the fans throat and given a push while others were passed over.
If you look objectively however, one can say that that is not necessarily true.
While Reigns has gotten a lot of TV time, so have his former Shield partners Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins who have been the recipients of great promotion by the company.
Both have had a great deal of TV time and have been protected to an extent that has allowed them to be the top guys right along with Reigns.
One big difference between them and Reigns has been the way they have been booked in these roles.
Reigns has been front and centre going after the company’s top prize while Ambrose and Rollins have had a more measured rise to the top of the mountain.
Perhaps Reigns’ demotion could give him a chance for a much needed do over. Without the McMahon machine cranking at full blast, Reigns could rebuild his brand.
Maybe through more careful booking Reigns can achieve a more organic relationship with the audience.
He could go on a run for some lower tier tittles like the U.S Championship giving him a more rounded career path.
Fans would maybe have a different take of Reigns if they could relate to this riches to rags story, a guy falling from grace as hard as Reigns has and then rebuilding himself and making it back is a tremendous story.
With proper booking and a new approach Reigns could make the best of this awful situation he now finds himself in.
Maybe he could reach the heights once seemingly guaranteed to him by embarking on a new, more uncertain journey back to the top of the WWE main event scene; making the slow climb back to the top of the mountain he has so obviously fallen from.