It's been almost two weeks since WrestleMania 32 finished, with the majority of the WWE Universe branding the show as okay/average overall.
This year's edition of The Showcase of The Immortals was booked to be Roman Reigns' night to shine, as The Big Dog walked out of AT&T Stadium as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Triple H via pinfall in the middle of the ring.
As widely expected before the bell had even been rung on the first bout of the night, Reigns was booed before, during, and after his match with The Game, giving WrestleMania 32 an ever-lasting image of Reigns celebrating in a sea of fan disapproval.
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On episode 316 of The Steve Austin Show, via Wrestling Inc, Stone Cold Steve Austin reviewed WrestleMania 32, and he stated the main event went on for too long, as he thought it should have lasted only 15 minutes, rather than 27. He also revealed how he would have booked the match.
He said: "It was way too long. That match should have been 15 minutes. I mean, from bell to bell, 15 minutes, and, that being said, all the bells and whistles and action that needed to happen within that 15 minutes. And just, this is a deal where, okay, if it's Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels and you're out there, hey, give them 30 [minutes] because they can go 30 [minutes].
"But here's a case, and Triple H can go any amount of time you want him to go. But what needed to happen on this, just to make Roman, because if you're going to let Roman go over clean in the middle of the ring, shine him up like a million bucks. Let him bounce Triple H all over kingdom come. Finally, let Triple H just get a frog's hair of heat on him. And then boom, big finish, bam, 1-2-3.
"Make an impact with that match. Make an impact with the finish. And make a statement for the kid! It's about getting this kid over and at least within the confines of the 20 x 20, being the ring, and then you've got all the other things to deal with, whether it's people resent him or this, that, or they think he [has] been pushed too hard too soon."
Austin continued: "You're trying to make Roman Reigns. I don't think you make him in a 28-minute chess match. This match needed to be all about excitement, explosion, and testosterone out of Roman and that's how I think they should have booked it. Making Roman Reigns work this long exposed more holes in his game than we've already known that exist."
As we have known for some time, Reigns is being booked as the WWE's next face of the company, and a large majority of the WWE Universe is hating and booing the prospect of him as 'The Guy' because they're having no say in the matter.
Stone Cold is right that Reigns needs to become a more impact performer to be a more believable top guy in the company, and Triple H would have been the perfect opponent to do just that. Having a shorter match against The Game would have helped that come across to the WWE Universe.
But there are other things which Reigns lacks, and one of those key attributes is charisma, and because of this, he struggles to connect with a large majority of WWE fans, hence why he is booed.
This isn't his fault though, and neither is the match length. The problem with Reigns isn't the man himself, but his booking by WWE creative. The company must improve their booking of the former Shield member if they want him to be 'The Guy' for years to come. Otherwise, WWE fans simply aren't going to buy into him.
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