Roman Reigns has had one hell of a journey during his short time in the WWE.
After going from one of the most over superstars in the entire company while being the quiet, destructive powerhouse of The Shield, Reigns has been forced to endure a bumpy ride thanks to a ridiculous push from Vince McMahon, terrible crowd reactions, and finally a 30-day suspension after violating the Wellness Policy.
Now, after being pushed down the card by Vince McMahon as a further punishment, Reigns is actually in the perfect spot.
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After losing to Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins at WWE Battleground, eating the pin from Ambrose in the process, Reigns is now seemingly in a feud with Rusev, the United States Champion.
And, in all honesty, this is where Reigns should be. He has shown that he isn't over yet enough to be challenging for one of the top championships in the WWE. Finn Balor is already being cheered more than Roman ever did.
Reigns needs to move back down into the mid-card just to get himself out of the limelight. Here, in a feud with Rusev, he can really focus on his character again and start doing the simple things.
All Roman has to do is build the story. It helps massively that he is facing off against one of the only true heels in the WWE.
Going up against Rollins and Ambrose was a lose-lose situation. Ambrose is an over face who the people connect with while Rollins is a heel who is greatly respected and even cheered by some in the WWE Universe.
But now, Reigns just needs to feed off Rusev's ant-American gimmick and play the babyface. It's simple.
Roman Reigns has all the tools to succeed. Now that he's finally in a storyline that isn't harming him, maybe he can reach his potential.