With John Cena slowly fading out of the main event spotlight and into the Hollywood scene, WWE tried to push Roman Reigns as the next face of the company, with extremely mixed results.
Despite immense popularity during his time with The Shield, Reigns didn't receive the same level of support once he entered singles competition. WWE tried pushing Reigns as "the guy" after he won the 2015 Royal Rumble, but the majority of fans wouldn't accept him as the main face.
WWE moved Reigns over to SmackDown Live in this year's Superstar Shake-up, and they opted to turn Seth Rollins into Raw's babyface instead. The Architect won this year's men's Royal Rumble and managed to beat Brock Lesnar in two separate Universal Championship matches - at WrestleMania 35 and SummerSlam.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Reigns defended the notion that Rollins, his long-time Shield counterpart, is in fact the face of WWE right now. The former outlined what it takes to be the main superstar of the company, and that Rollins fulfills the role.
"There is a lot to being the face of WWE," Reigns said. "It’s not only about being in the ring. It’s about how you represent, and that is a 24-7, 365 job. You’ve got to be on all the time for 52 weeks a year. But I’m telling you now, my brother is legit."
Reigns also talked about how "proud" he was of Rollins when the latter defeated Lesnat at SummerSlam. Reigns also defended The Architect over the many passionate comments he's made on Twitter, referring to him as "a workhorse."
"Whether he’s on Raw or SmackDown, the WWE is in good hands with him as champion," Reigns added.
Rollins has held onto the Universal Championship since defeating Lesnar, including a successful title defense against Braun Strowman at Clash of Champions. He was disqualified at Sunday's Hell in a Cell main event against Bray Wyatt, but Rollins still regained the title.
Reigns And Rollins Are Both In Good Hands
Rollins is absolutely flourishing as a main eventer and as the top face of Monday Night Raw. Meanwhile, Reigns has been receiving more positive reactions from the crowd, and his partnership with Daniel Bryan could be something special. Time is still on Reigns' side to become "the guy." But right now, both he and Rollins are fine where they are in WWE.