Another week. Another episode of RAW. Another opening segment featuring Roman Reigns. Wash, rinse, repeat. Week after week, with no reprieve in sight. Now, I will always issue the premise that I like Roman Reigns. I enjoy his in-ring work and when he’s allowed even an inch of wiggle room with his promos they tend to be fire.
From his days in the SHIELD to his current position in the company, I can say I am a Roman Reigns fan. But I would also be blind if I couldn’t see and admit that there is a problem with his current run.
Roman isn’t writing the show, he isn’t sitting in on the creative meetings, and he doesn’t make the final decisions. And of course, he isn’t going to pipe up and possibly ruin his seat at the top of the mountain. But at what point does he need to say something and try to salvage his career? In a recent interview, Roman even went as far as to say he thought he already was a heel due to the number of boos he receives weekly.
That is the exact embodiment of the problem. He is the top babyface and should be getting cheers reigned down upon him (pun fully intended). This leads me to what I feel may be the answer to how WWE can correct the Roman Reigns ship, Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins has been on a tear in 2018 and is building a run like we haven’t seen in quite some time. He isn’t the main focal point of every show, he isn’t in the main event every week, but his segments tend to be the highlight weekly. If I had to point out what I feel the best thing is currently in the WWE, it’s Seth Freakin’ Rollins. Promos, match quality, fan interaction, everything is lining up for The Architect.
Monday Night Rollins has become must-see TV whenever he is on the screen.
I had to take a step back and really try to pinpoint when this resurgence for Rollins began. The first big thing I remember was that marathon performance in the gauntlet match leading into Elimination Chamber. That match would go down as one of the longest ever on WWE tv.
Rollins would be featured for the majority of the match and was the workhorse. He would follow that performance with a great showing at WrestleMania against Finn Balor and The Miz where he won the Intercontinental Championship.
That wasn’t the end of Rollins’ incredible run as it seems week after week he puts out another match of the night performance. It hasn’t mattered a single bit who stands across the ring from him, Rollins has proven he has that big match gene.
Heading into Money in the Bank he finds himself in a feud with Elias and it has been gold. Elias has become a fan favorite just due to his great work as a heel and his ability to turn the crowd on him in an instant. Once again, Rollin will place his Intercontinental Championship on the line. Something he has done on a nightly basis all around the globe.
Back to the premise of this whole shebang, Rollins can be the one to save Roman. Now, I won’t go the obvious route and pair them up, I honestly think that would hurt Rollins. I want to keep them as far apart as possible. With Rollins putting on the match of the night performances every week and taking the spotlight without even trying, it would take some pressure off of Reigns.
With a decreased amount of pressure and the need to carry the load of RAW, Reigns could become more relaxed and more natural in his approach. With a more even share among the top of the mountain that’s less that could be blamed on Reigns if ratings or attendance aren’t good. That was the beauty of the best eras of wrestling, there were top guys, but the entire roster wanted to be the top guy s they performed as such.
If you listen or read anything about the Attitude Era, that’s a common sentiment that you’ll find. Yeah, Austin and Rock were the top, but Mick Foley, Triple H, Big Show, New Age Outlaws, so on and so forth, everyone rose to the occasion to try and steal the spotlight every night.
So with Rollins rising up the ladder and becoming the guy in the fan’s eyes, it makes Roman’s life easier. Add in Miz, Balor, Braun, Owens, and Zayn, and RAW could be amazing. Roman can be the guy, and be successful at it, the WWE just needs to let his supporting cast help him out. and it all starts with Seth Rollins.