11 (now 12) replies to a WrestleMania thread, half of which have nothing to do with the actual show... that's how badly WWE is doing right now.
Oh, and after beating the Undertaker in the main event of WrestleMania, Reigns is beyond finished as a babyface; totally beyond salvaging. Someone on CagesideSeats said that you could hear the crowd booing over the fireworks. Can anyone confirm that?
Roman isn't the right guy to take the torch from Undertaker. Whether or not you're a fan of Reigns, they are giving him so much and it just isn't working to get him over the way they want. He has the most eliminations in a single Rumble, he's a 3 time world champ, he's probably retired Undertaker, he's main evented 3 Manias in a row. He's going to main event against Brock next year and win most likely. They are giving him everything and it's pretty much for nothing. I know kids like him. I don't hate, but I'm not invested in him at all. But they are putting all of their eggs in a basket that I don't think can hold it. I also think they dropped the ball by not really saying how this was potentially Undertaker's last match.
Vince doesn't need to buy the gimmick. His lawyers are much better than Anthem's and Anthem's case is very weak.
That's why it's not working: they're giving him everything far before he's ready for it and it exposed his flaws and the areas where he needs to improve. Roman Reigns used to be way over, if you remember, and he was well protected in the Shield. But WWE really did start to shove him down the audience's throat after the Shield broke up. And the more the crowds rejected it, the harder they shoved. It started with WWE keeping Reigns on TV way too much while he was out injured and that first phase of spoon-feeding culminated with Roman winning the Slammy Award for Superstar of the Year even though he had been out of action for a good portion of it and spent a good portion of the remaining months in a three-man tag team. His two tag team partners entered into the hottest feud in the company against each other and were tearing down show after show while Roman was having a just okay first singles run. If I remember correctly, the crowds really began turning on him after that point.
No, they're trying for Cena 2.0 and that's the other big issue with Roman's push: they're trying to make him into a new version of someone else. They're not tailoring a push to Reigns' character and strengths as much as they're plugging him into a prefabricated formula, which causes everything he does to come off as super artificial.