Santino Marella says Roman Reigns is a locker room leader

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If you had to pinpoint a topic that is being talked about the most amongst WWE fans, it would be Roman Reigns' rise to the top of the company and becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

The Big Dog is currently being lined up to be the new face of the WWE, possibly even John Cena's successor at the top of the company once the leader of the Cenation decides to call it a day on his in-ring career. Yet, this hasn't been approved by all members of the WWE Universe.

Large sections of the crowd have been booing Reigns whenever he appears on WWE programming because of the company's decision to force feed him to the fans as their new top babyface. This was most notable at WrestleMania 32 when several mics in the crowd were cut off by the WWE due to loud booing.


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But while he isn't being accepted yet by the WWE Universe, he is taking up the role in a good manner in the locker room. Former WWE superstar Santino Marella was recently a guest on the Under The Mat Podcast - according to NoDQ - and he spoke about Reigns being a locker room leader.

He said: “Sometimes the fans should just enjoy the product. If you spend your time as a fan wishing it was something different you not going to have a good experience. Roman Reigns is awesome (people are silly) he looks the part, he’s a great human being, he’s a locker room leader.

"There should be no reason people are booing him unless they jealous of his hair or something. He speaks up, he’s an independent man, and he’s a stud.”

It's good to hear Reigns is adapting to the role well of being a locker room leader, a vital aspect that any superstar needs to accomplish if they are to become the face of the entire company. Now he just needs to transition those skills from the locker room to the ring, so that the fans will cheer for him as a face, rather than give him nuclear heat.

For the time being, the WWE needs to utilize the nuclear heat the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion has, by turning him heel. Yes, you've probably heard that a dozen times by now, but many believe it's the right thing for the company to do. From critics to fans, to WWE Hall of Famers, they all believe this is the career path Reigns needs to take.

Almost every single face of the company in WWE's history had to go through a heel period before they were loved by the fans as a face. The Rock and Cena are prime examples of superstars who didn't make the cut as top babyfaces until they had a heel turn.

A heel turn seems like the most logical path for Reigns in the WWE right now, and it probably would be the quickest way for the company to get the fans to cheer for the former Shield member, rather than boo him.

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