It’s been a few weeks since I have written an article and I am itching to vent some frustration. Now that I’m back, I wanted to point the “double barrels” of this keyboard squarely at one person for the disaster of the WrestleMania 34 main event – Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
Several weeks ago, I wrote an article praising Roman Reigns for being “real” with his promo against Brock Lesnar. He followed it up the next week by confronting Vince McMahon. Unless you are blind, it was a calculated strategy by Vince and company to get Roman over with the fans……again. At the time, I was all for it. I even mentioned that I thought a Reigns’ heel turn would be what got him over and I kinda brushed it aside. However, after watching the main event of WrestleMania, it’s time to hit the reset button on Roman Reigns and it’s time to take the major booking decisions out of Vince McMahon’s hands.
Going back to an article I wrote a few weeks ago, I pointed out that Triple H needed to take control of the creative decision making for the company and have Vince step aside. I watched NXT Takeover: New Orleans the other night in utter amazement at how well the matches were booked and the great storytelling by these tremendous athletes. The main event was an epic battle between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. The crowd was invested in the feud and in the match. Fast forward to the WrestleMania 34 main event and the opposite can be said.
Ever since Roman won at Elimination Chamber, no one has been interested in another match between Reigns and Lesnar. It’s nothing against those superstars personally; it’s about the main booker (Vince) not “getting it” and to quit using the 1980’s Hulk Hogan philosophy of the good guy will overcome the odds no matter what. Triple H runs NXT and has final say over the major creative decisions. Look at the talent he has developed. Look at the stories he has told with these phenomenal male and female superstars. Hell, the Takeover shows are usually better than the main rosters shows. Ok, I’m getting off topic a bit, but trying to lay the foundation for where I’m going.
When the video package for Lesnar vs. Reigns was over, you could tell no one in the New Orleans Superdome crowd was interested in the match. This is not how you end a WrestleMania. This is your Super Bowl to “end” your year and “start” your new year. The end of WrestleMania 30 was perfect. The end of WrestleMania 31 was great. But the last three WrestleMania main events have been a boo-fest from the fans because they do not want Reigns shoved down their throat. I was actually wishing someone had a Money In The Bank briefcase to cash in to save the main event.
I like Roman. Hell, the man is the locker room leader, a superb role model for kids and a great wrestler. But the Roman experiment has to end and he needs a reset. Turn him heel. Let him destroy everyone in his path. Have him so dominant that when he challenges Lesnar again, he beats him in less than a minute. Have Reigns go after Lesnar at his home. Make him the “Samoan Psychopath” or “Samoan Assassin”.
The WWE needs to do something to get the fans invested in a Roman Reigns story much like they did with the Daniel Bryan story at WrestleMania 30 and Johnny Gargano this past weekend at Takeover. This will not happen until the creative and final booking decisions are taken away from Vince McMahon.
Vince, thank you for everything you have done for the business, but it is time for Hunter to run things. Roman is great, but you have hurt him with your booking decisions. Step aside and leave the final decisions to your son-in-law. Every fan in the WWE will thank you for swallowing your pride and doing what is “best for business.” I know I would.