Finally, the stage is set.
In less than a month, WWE will more than likely have a new champion to tout in Roman Reigns.
After 11 months of what can only be described as a roller coaster of events that have led to this moment, the former Shield member must capitalize on his chance at glory.
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"Do or not do, there is no try..."
A Yoda proverb fits so well with this column. With the exception of Dolph Ziggler, no wrestler in WWE has gone through ebb and flow quite like the former Shield member and the newest pick of the litter to lead the Vince McMahon brigade.
Can he erase the demons that have all but plagued him this year?
Did the losses that mounted and the continued disappointment of not reaching the zenith of his potential not only drive him to become the face of WWE, replacing John Cena, but also give reason for the fans to finally support such a move?
The road has been long, the defeats have been crushing and the results have been painful at times to watch.
If you look at his resume just this year, it tells the story of a man knocked down time after time, only to get back up off the mat to push forward.
Reigns wins Royal Rumble in January, but loses fan support in the process. He can't quite gain it back with the Rock's help.
He has to challenge Daniel Bryan to secure a spot in the main event at WrestleMania, and wins.
He then loses the match at WrestleMania when Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank contract. He then loses the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at the hands of Bray Wyatt.
The feud with Wyatt only fuels his growth as the new star of the company.
Yes, we see a pattern here. Now, after finally beating the demon himself at Hell in a Cell, Reigns goes out the next night and shows he is the right man for the spot as he beats four wrestlers on Raw to rise to the top of the mountain. It's like building the perfect beast.
Armageddon is about to take place in Atlanta. Despite the fact we know a Dean Ambrose heel turn is about to take place, Reigns must first secure the WWE World Title around his waist before the Lunatic Fringe pulls a fast one.
One more lost opportunity and the fans could revolt again like they did when Reigns was first shoved down their throats as the choice to replace Cena.
Professional wrestling, mainly the old NWA, had its share of poor company champions. Tommy Rich, Kerry Von Erich and Ron Garvin come to mind. All three were fan favorites who were very temporary solutions to bringing different leaders to replace the old guard.
All failed and were dropped like hot potatoes in a matter of weeks. The same cannot happen for Reigns, who has more potential than all three of those champions combined.
If it is going to happen, it must happen now. There is no more waiting, there is no more failure in his vocabulary. Everything McMahon has wanted for Reigns is about to happen.
Now, the only question remains is what happens once he grabs the brass ring? Can Reigns defeat Seth Rollins and forge forward, or was this really a wasted year afterall?