The WWE is desperately trying to build Roman Reigns into the new face of their company as someone who can assume John Cena's mantle as the company's top babyface. They need someone new to market to fans around the world, help sell out t-shirts, and to be counted on to be there whenever they need him for anything and to becounted on to never embarrass the company. So far, however, the plan hasn't exactly worked the way they would like it to as fans have yet to fully embrace Reigns.
With Cena currently sidelined after undergoing shoulder surgery and not getting any younger, the WWE has finally realized that they need to build up new stars. The controversial departure of CM Punk and the rash of injuries to Daniel Bryan that ultimately led to his retirement has left a gaping void of star power in the WWE, a gap that has only widened with a growing number of superstars having suffered injuries since last year's WrestleMania. So being able to grow a new star is key, especially as they head into WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas where they hope to break their all-time attendance record.
The WWE has continued to try to push Roman Reigns to be their new biggest star, but it continues to fail and fans continue to boo Reigns every chance they get. They've put themselves into a tough spot with a WrestleMania main event featuring Reigns that no one is too excited about, but if you've been following wrestling for any length of time, it's easy to see where they've gone wrong and why Roman Reigns isn't over.
15 15. He Represents Vince McMahon's Vision Of What A Wrestler Should Look Like
14 14. He's The Rock's Cousin
13 13. The 2015 Royal Rumble
Heading into the 2014 Royal Rumble, most wrestling fans were hoping that Daniel Bryan would come out of the event with a ticket to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania. So when Bryan not only didn't win the Rumble match, but wasn't even involved in the bout, fans were livid. Reigns did not win the Rumble, but he was the star of the match, eliminating a record 12 competitors before being thrown over the top rope by the match's victor, Batista.
12 12. The Authority Dynamic
For the better part of two decades, the people in charge of the WWE have gone on television telling their fans not to support the company's biggest superstars and portraying themselves as villains with the idea that fans will gravitate towards the superstars and boo the authority figures. It was a plan that worked well with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. He was the type of blue collar, beer drinking American that people wanted to embrace. It alsoworked with Daniel Bryan because he was a hard working guy who toiled on the independent scene for many years and many of the Authority's criticism's of him, like him not being an "A+ player", were things that people felt the WWE legitimately believed. It gave people a reason to get behind him.
11 11. He's Been Booked Against Opponents Fans Like More
10 10. He Hasn't Paid His Dues
9 9. His Mic Skills Are Lacking
8 8. He Has A Limited Move Set
7 7. He Lacks An Exciting Character
6 6. He's Perceived As A "Yes-Man"
5 5. He's Been Shoved Down Fans' Throats
4 4. Predictability
The primary reason why fans watch wrestling is for entertainment and part of what makes it entertaining is knowing that anything can happen. Once you've become predictable, you start to lose people's interest. One of the major reasons why fans have come to dislike John Cena is because they know that every feud will inevitably end with him coming out on top. It's hard to be entertained when you can see the ending a million miles away. Roman Reigns appears to be headed down a similar path of predictability and fans hate it. That's the primary reason why a Triple H vs. Roman Reigns match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania has never been a good idea.
3 3. Fans Don't Want Another John Cena
2 2. He's Been Billed As An Underdog
1 1. He's Just Not Ready
At the end of the day, many of the factors against Reigns are a simply a product of his inexperience. For most big name superstars, it takes time for them to find their role. Before there was the Heartbreak Kid, there was the Rockers, before there was "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, there was The Ringmaster, and before there was The Rock, there was Rocky Maivia. By the time he is ready to be the face of the company, it's likely that Roman Reigns will be an edgier character, with a a more well rounded move set and better microphone skills – or no need to use the microphone at all. It's going to take some time for him to find his niche and until he does, he''ll likely have a hard time getting over.
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