At Survivor Series 2012, three men rocked the wrestling world when they interfered in the WWE Championship match and helped then champion CM Punk retain the title. These men were The Shield. The group consisted of "The Architect" Seth Rollins, the unpredictable Dean Ambrose, and the powerhouse Roman Reigns. They went on to etch their name in history as they completed dominated the WWE until they split in 2014.
Like every faction there is a guy who has the look and there’s a guy who is the workhorse. Sometimes it is the same person, often times it is not. Seth Rollins was the workhorse of The Shield. He took all the big bumps and did all the crazy spots. Then there was a 6’3, 265 pound Samoan who ladies screamed over as soon as he hit the ring. His name is Roman Reigns. If anyone who has been familiar with the WWE during the '80s, they would look at Reigns and see that he was the prototype. A guy who is in great shape and looks larger than life.
Since the split of the Shield, it was clear that the powers-that-be wanted Roman Reigns to be "The Man" but the more he was forced on the WWE Universe the more they rejected him. Vince McMahon used to say, “you people don’t know what you want, I tell you what you want.” Well since wrestling fans have more access and a bigger voice than they ever before, they have proved that theory wrong. On more than one occasion, they showed that they did not want Roman Reigns. Here are the top 15 reasons, Reigns will never be “The Man.”
15 He Does Not Embrace His Female Fans
14 His Promos Are Boring
13 He Does Not Relate to Wrestling Fans
12 This Isn’t the '80s
11 He Didn’t Put in Work on the Indies
10 Royal Rumble 2015
9 Daniel Bryan
8 Forced Run
7 His Feud with Vince is Stale
6 He is Not a Super Heavyweight
5 He Looks Like a Shield Member
4 Even as WWE Champion, He is Not the Top Face
3 Seth Rollins is Coming Back
2 There Are a New Breed of Stars Coming
1 The Rock is His Cousin
No matter how many championships he may win, Roman Reigns will always be looked as the cousin of The Rock. Some wrestlers have found ways to get out of their relatives shadows. Owen Hart found a way to get out of the shadow of his brother, Bret. Randy Orton found a way to became bigger than his Hall of Fame father, Cowboy Bob Orton. Roman Reigns has no where near the amount of the charisma as The Rock. Unlike The Rock, he cannot entertain the fans, and not even The Rock could get his acceptance at the Royal Rumble. And quite frankly, Roman has no swag.
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