The main event for WWE Payback will be Roman Reigns defending his championship against AJ Styles. Both men have been built as babyfaces going into this match, however, with the attack from Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows this past Raw, WWE have sent the indication of this potentially changing at the event.
But it may not be as obvious as it seems.
Everybody knows that WWE have been continually trying to get Roman over as a babyface, with their attempts being met with savage boos from hostile WWE crowds. It seems after their failing attempt at WrestleMania that it's time WWE bite the bullet and turn Roman into a bonafide heel.
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Roman has already connected and found success as a heel in his WWE run. Debuting back at the 2012 Survivor Series event alongside his Shield brothers Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, Roman along with the other two dominated the WWE landscape for the better part of two years, as mainly the top heels of the company.
The break-up of the Shield couldn’t have worked out any better for the WWE. Seth Rollins was catapulted from what seemed mid-card status to the main event and they were able to create one of WWE’s best fan favourites in Dean Ambrose.
Whether you liked the Shield break-up or not, the one consistent that everyone had was Roman was the stand out from the group and was going to be a star.
Fastrack to modern WWE and Roman is still a babyface but has lost all connection with his fan base. First, it was corny promos and now it’s the repetition of the “I’m not a good guy. I’m not a bad guy. I’m the guy.”, promos which is just boring the fans.
Now a three-time World Champion, Roman needs to start repaying the favour, that he has been gifted, back towards the WWE Universe.
WWE creative have been teasing a reunion of sorts between former Bullet Club members AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, and with all three being relatively new to the company, it does make some sense as it would give them the opportunity to showcase what made them famous not only in Japan but around the whole world.
However, the current opportunity that WWE have presented suggest that they should go the other way.
At Payback, WWE fans should not be surprised if Anderson and Gallows turn on their old friend and join forces with Roman Reigns.
Even though a Bullet Club reunion would be awesome and get over with the WWE fan base, this swerve may in the long run help put AJ over as the biggest babyface, but more importantly, give Roman some serious heat.
It’s already been proved that Roman works well in factions so aligning himself with Anderson and Gallows will give him another great opportunity to stand out from the pack. Also, by having Roman being behind the orchestrating of the recent attacks on Raw, it’ll create a better storyline between an Anderson and Gallows feud with the Uso’s; but alternatively, a feud between Roman and the entire Anoaʻi family.
Is there a Bullet Club reunion on the way or has Roman Reigns been playing us all the whole time? Have YOUR say in the comments sections.