When Roman Reigns went down injured last month the whole of the WWE held their breath before their worst fears were realized. Reigns suffered a hernia injury that forced him to have emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia, and he was subsequently forced out for three months just one day before Night of Champions.
It provided a massive blow for Vince McMahon and WWE, with the wrestling company having to re-write their script for the next few months. But the good news for WWE is that Roman Reigns is on the mend, as his satellite appearance on a recent Monday Night Raw showed. But don't think for a second that Vince McMahon is happy right now. It is that very interview via satellite that has angered McMahon, leaving Reigns injured and the creative team in the doghouse.
According to reports, McMahon is furious about Roman Reigns' taped interview. The reason for this is simply because of WWE fans' reaction to the taped interview, in which Reigns spoke via a satellite feed to fans on Raw in Brooklyn.
McMahon is understood to be angry with the way the interview was done, with McMahon saving the majority of his unhappiness for the way the segment was written rather than delivered, according to reports.
"Like practically everything in WWE these days, the interview was written and scripted by the creative team. But Triple H is claimed to have wanted Reigns to come off as a "badass babyface that didn't have a care in the world" during the interview," ringsidenews.com reported.
"Instead, Reigns seemed uncomfortable, which is either due to his healing injuries or because he could not play that kind of character, which does not bode well for his career."
Pretty brutal stuff and it will be interesting to see how Reigns recovers from the bad press.
WWE needs to rebound
But it's not just Reigns that needs to recover right now, the whole of the WWE needs to recover as well. It has been a terrible year for the company and Vince McMahon, with many of the bossman's decisions going wrong.
McMahon's decision to create a subscriptions-based streaming service titled WWE Network has not sat well with the WWE Universe. Subscriptions figures have not managed to reach the number that McMahon wanted, which forced WWE's Chairman to cut the company's budget for 2014 by $20 million.
Include bad news stories such as a racism controversy and the firing of wrestlers left, right and center, and you can see why WWE need stars such as Roman Reigns back as soon as possible.