Roman Reigns is still Vince McMahon’s guy.
There has never been a babyface that has been pushed like Reigns that is disliked more by fans in the history of professional wrestling. Historically, when a babyface is not getting over with the crowd, the promoter or booker would turn them heel. Reigns is truly a different case in that sense.
Reigns was signed by WWE in 2010 and reported to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He made his main roster debut in November 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as part of The Shield.
The group teamed together until June 2014, after which Reigns entered singles competition. Ever since the group split up, fans have turned on Reigns despite him being portrayed as a babyface.
He has had many accolades during his short time with the sports entertainment company. Reigns is a three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time United States Champion, a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Rollins), the 2015 Royal Rumble winner and the 2014 Superstar of the Year. Make no mistake about; Reigns is the guy in WWE.
Since 2014, WWE has attempted to establish Reigns as their next "face of the company.” Reigns had headlined multiple major WWE pay-per-view events, including the last three WrestleManias (31 lost to Seth Rollins, 32 beat Triple H and 33 when he defeated The Undertaker).
The former WWE Champion’s ascendancy as a world title-chasing/holding heroic underdog has been marked by critics' disapproval and overwhelmingly negative crowd reactions. Reigns most recently headlined the SummerSlam pay-per-view event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which saw him lose to Brock Lesnar in the WWE Universal Championship Fatal 4-Way match alongside Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe.
Dave Meltzer talked about Reigns portraying a heel in his feud with John Cena on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio. Meltzer noted that the long-term plan is still for Reigns to be the top babyface of the sports entertainment company.
This has been McMahon’s plan all along and perhaps the only time in history where a promoter has been so relentless in trying to get someone over, and the storyline with Cena is McMahon’s latest attempt. Reigns and Cena are scheduled to wrestle each other at the No Mercy PPV later this month.
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