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Ric Flair Blames Roman Reigns WWE Struggles On Rock Comparisons

Everyone is talking about Roman Reigns and his potential following the WWE Royal Rumble 2015 fiasco. The latest to weigh in is arguably the greatest of all-time, Nature Boy Ric Flair. Flair offered his analysis, giving maybe the most interesting insight yet on the young man.

Flair has been around the pro wrestling business since the 1970s and always appears to be pretty keen on the current scene. Flair was asked recently by GiveMeSports.com about Roman Reigns and his struggles. Flair offered a unique observation which is very interesting given the recent ending of the Royal Rumble.

“I don’t pay a lot of attention to him talking on the mic but I think he’s okay. Fans look at Roman and they want him to sound like The Rock and that isn’t going to happen. The Rock didn’t become The Rock overnight either though. It took him a few years as well to nail down who he was and what he was about.”

I have never heard that one before. The comparisons to the Rock are interesting but I am not sure I necessarily agree with the former champion. Up until the Rumble, I don’t think a whole lot of emphasis has been placed on Reigns’ comparisons to the Rock. That said, plans may have backfired if this is true when the WWE associated the two at the Rumble.

I think there are a couple of problems with Reigns. The first and most important is the evolution of his character. Reigns go over as the quite, bad-ass, no-non sense tough guy in the Shield. Reigns has evolved into a corny, predictable, gullible babyface in recent months. His edge has been completely removed and without the edge he is too ordinary. The scripted promos are a big problem and the catalyst behind this. Reigns needs to walk tall, say little, and let his fighting do the talking. He has been over-produced and it has finally caught up with him.

What is Flair’s advice to Reigns? Keep working big man.

“Roman [Reigns] has got so much talent that fans are going to have to be patient with him. It doesn’t happen overnight. If people are upset with Roman it’s not over a lack of talent. Fans are always going to have their opinion, but Roman has a fantastic future ahead of him.”

“It takes time for young talent to grow. It’s not just a name, they’ve got to build a brand,” added Flair.

Does Reigns really have so much talent? I know people internally within the WWE think so, but I am starting to question that. I need to see more from him as a singles before I can verify that statement. I think if he was as talented as Flair and others say, the talent would overcompensate for the lame character development.

Regardless, very interesting analysis from the Nature Boy.

Flair also revealed in a separate interview why he isn’t used very often anymore by the WWE.

“I appear on WWE programming about eight or nine times a year now,” Flair said. “I think I could offer more and I think the management would like to use me more but it is about the offers that have to follow me that they have to consider as well. I can be a very tough act to follow.

Flair continued, “I can still be active and will be for many more years to come, but they also have to take into account the other superstars at the same time.”

It’s ridiculous the way or non-way the WWE uses Flair these days. At the same time he is right. He is a tough act to follow.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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