It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what Roman Reigns needs to do in order to become the WWE World Champion – either by the end of this year or in 2016.
- Reigns wins the Royal Rumble, but the fans boo him out of the arena. Even an appearance by The Rock cannot help him.
- Reigns faces Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania only to have Seth Rollins cash in his Money in the Bank contract and pin his former Shield teammate.
- He is unsuccessful in winning this year’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
His feud with Bray Wyatt has led to a tag team match with his best friend, Dean Ambrose. Ambrose was added to the mix to build Reigns up with the WWE fans. The two have been inseparable.
This is an all too familiar situation. Wrestlers turn on their friends when they least expect it. Well, in this case, it is expected – we just don’t know when. And if there is to be a huge swerve at SummerSlam, this might be the match that it happens. When you see the two friends joking around, constantly in matches together and look like they will be BFFs and lifelong buddies, it is time for a change.
As one of my friends pointed out, this is something that has been a long time coming. Reigns needed two things to be great and the top dog of the company. Those things were the strap – which he will have to wait for until the WWE figures out how to get it around his waist. The other is for him to finally become the dominant heel his persona is meant to play.
The WWE, more specifically Vince McMahon, essentially hand-picked Reigns as the next John Cena. Fans liked Reigns when he was a member of The Shield and as a singles star until he got hurt late last year. Now, the fans were made to swallow the notion that he was still the chosen one – even over the beloved Daniel Bryan, who never lost the world title.
That’s a hard pill for the diehards to swallow – even I can admit it was a bad idea. Since WrestleMania, finding a place for Reigns has been difficult. A program with Wyatt showed his vulnerability, which fans ate up. But there had to be more. Add Ambrose to the equation and the return of Luke Harper to Wyatt’s side and there is an instantaneous arc for the heel turn to happen.
Bravo, creative team. Bravo.
If Reigns is going to make the jump to the dark side on Sunday night, I wonder how soon the company will try to put the World Title on his shoulder. How will this factor into its plans with Seth Rollins? Does it mean Sheamus becomes the bridge by which Reigns takes the belt? And after the dust settles, where do both John Cena and Brock Lesnar fit in this complicated equation?
By the sound of things – and remember they are my words – the world title picture just got a whole lot of complicated. But that’s exactly what is supposed to happen. Without the chaos, it just wouldn’t be SummerSlam. And the WWE wouldn’t want that to happen, now would it?