Jim Ross says Roman Reigns must be turned heel

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WrestleMania 32 was ok overall, but by some, the main event of the show between Roman Reigns and Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has been branded as the worst main event in WrestleMania history.

Reigns walked out as the new champion after pinning The Game, giving the WWE the ending they wanted, but it didn't provide the WWE Universe with what they wanted to see.

Instead, throughout the entirety of the main event, the crowd inside the AT&T Stadium booed the match. So much so, it was reported that the WWE turned off some crowd microphone so it wasn't so loud.


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Jim Ross weighed in on the WWE's current World Heavyweight Champion in an interview with Sports Illustrated and said:

“The WWE kept believing their machine could make Roman Reigns a fan favorite by WrestleMania, and it didn’t happen,” said Ross. “That’s a matter of how he was booked. WWE has cast Reigns as a hero, but viewers do not accept him in that role.

“People gravitate to attitude. Austin’s attitude still holds up. Reigns became that defiant, anti-establishment guy, so people naturally compare him to the last anti-establishment guy, and that is Stone Cold. Those are awfully big shoes to fill."

Ross - like many others before - has said there is a clear way the WWE could fix this situation, and have Reigns on the right path to becoming adored by the WWE Universe in the future, and that is to turn him from face to heel.

“Reigns was a victim of timing and booking, but WWE really has the table set for a special heel turn. Unless WWE is hell bent on casting him as a hero, Reigns is posed for a big turn, possibly as soon as tonight. He would make a great heel champion.

"Unless he’s deaf, Reigns is aware that the fans do not respect him. So there is a very real and organic story to tell with WWE pulling the trigger on a heel turn."

Overall, Ross gave WrestleMania a B- because he believed the show overachieved considering the lack of build up and the injury situation. He also said Shane McMahon and The Undertaker overachieved in their Hell in a Cell match as well because: "They both have a very good skill set, and they’re both smart enough not to venture too far from it."

The WWE must decide whether or not to keep pushing Reigns as a face champion or turn him heel before we reach the point of no return for his character. Hopefully, some sort of turn will occur during his feud with AJ Styles, who recently became the number one contender for The Big Dog's championship.

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