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Roman Reigns: If Not Now, When?

It’s hard to look at Roman Reigns and not only see a WWE World Title in his near future, but also see dollar signs when Vince McMahon hears cheers and the approval of the man-child taking apart opponents in the ring and as part of the current Money in the Bank Title Match. Reigns’ participation all but guarantees that the fans in attendance in Boston and the millions watching the pat-per-view will be pleased with the outcome, whether the former member of the Shield wins or loses.

In my opinion, I think what is best for business is a Reigns win and a summer filled of him being chased by Randy Orton or better yet, Brock Lesnar. Not that we have forgotten, but let us remember that the WWE has done a great job over decades of building up superstars and then killing momentum because creative or McMahon himself has decided to turn another direction.

Roddy Piper never won a WWF Title. Ahmed Johnson was as good as gold. Wade Barrett has not been a world champion yet. The Miz, Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler have all been toyed with.

And what happened to Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow? I know this is something I have complained about in the past, but now would be a good time for the WWE to stick to its guns, and bring in some new talent to run with titles. And in the process, PLEASE DO NOT SCREW THIS THING UP WITH ROMAN REIGNS!

I can only think of a few wrestlers who were truly the best of their time and screwed a time or two (or three) before they captured gold – and no I am not talking about guys like Ricky Morton or Tommy Rich.

Lex Luger is a prime example of a wrestler who had all the talent in the world and waited his turn (until Ric Flair left WCW) to become a world champion. Luger is a three-time world champion, having held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice and the WWA World Heavyweight Championship once; and a record-tying five-time NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Champion who owns the records for consecutive days and total days as champion. Although he never won a championship in the WWF, he headlined multiple pay-per-view events for the organization and was the 1994 Royal Rumble winner.

Those are the kinds of achievements Reigns can obtain, but he may have to wait his turn, which in this case, is not a good thing. The company must be careful how it decides to use Reigns, along with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. The union of the Hounds of Justice proved to be one of the best trios in wrestling history. How they are used now will show how far the WWE has really grown.

It will also be an indication of how the Wyatt Family may all end up if they should disintegrate.

Reigns and his domination of late is a signal the company is behind his progression. But are they ready to place the belt on him? The pecking order in the WWE is a bit disturbing right now and it may take a score card or road map to figure it all out. At least the Ladder Match is that it will be one of the better matches in pay-per-view lately.

If Reigns is not the winner, but destroys the competition Brock Lesnar better be the end result. If not, building up the giant Samoan means nothing without an end to this program.

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