WWE Storytelling and the rise of Roman Reigns

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Despite the fact that the majority of WWE fans seem to be behind Roman Reigns, the internet
remains a place for his detractors to criticize his mic work and to question the longevity of the character.

Reigns is not bad on the mic when allowed to loosen up and have fun, instead of having to
regurgitate scripted lines that minimize the character or insult his intelligence. (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPbpRC3ZoHA&index=26&list=FLvcztHoF4DU8qOPcO_RV2VA).

What's best for Reigns?

Recently, the majority of fans have been cheering for Roman Reigns -even before he aligned
himself with Dean Ambrose again.

Here are the real questions, now: What is the best way to move the character forward, place
him in the right rivalry, and place the WWE title around his waist? Should he remain a face or become either a heel or an anti-hero in the vein of The Rock and Stone Cold?

To answer these questions, one must consider the general conditions of the WWE. Removing an
overused "heel heat for the boss" gimmick as well as developing meaningful yet organic rivalries and angles would allow Roman Reigns and a number of other superstars to receive better creative treatment.

First, the Authority desperately needs to go. Even if the Authority remained, it does not
need to appear on almost every show, every week. Most of their airtime could be
replaced with more interaction between active wrestlers.

Furthermore, the writers need to commit to longstanding storylines instead of cutting them short.
An example of a storyline that ended abruptly this year was Bray Wyatt versus Dean Ambrose. The characters are still at odds, but they are not currently feuding.

Give him a chance

Speaking of Ambrose, another example is that WWE should not curtail his alliance with Roman
Reigns. Of course, Reigns deserves much more than his current role as the powerhouse who has Ambrose's back, but they should not split up or turn on each other until after one of them wins the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

Jim Ross' June 6, 2015 blog on the state of sports entertainment makes an important point. Ross states:

"The vast majority of wrestlers these days are not good promo talents. Reason being is that creative staffs seemingly have to justify their existence by role playing with these individuals and scripting virtually every word that the talents say. That system is both outdated and unproductive
as fans today can recognize a wrestler reciting a promo from memory instead as from their heart within a few sentences."

Clearly, wrestlers should be allowed to speak from a place that is comfortable as well as an amplification of some aspect of their personalities. That improves the quality of their delivery and makes them more believable. They should be allowed shoot as long as they can do it within the parameters of how a particular episode or event is supposed to drive the story forward.

If these conditions could be improved, Roman Reigns would be just fine with or without a manager and as face, heel, or semi-heel.

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