Now that Seth Rollins is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the company is in a position it feels most comfortable with. No longer is there a push to throw all the bricks in the cart pulled by Roman Reigns. The WWE now has a chance to really work on making his a complete package.
Seth Rollins is the current and future of this promotion. He is everything the fans want – brash, mean, a good talker, has a faction to support him, and right now the best performer in the game. Reigns, although a dominant performer when he was in The Shield, was still a step behind Rollins and Dean Ambrose. There is nothing wrong with that, but somewhere in his mind, McMahon thought trial by fire would work for this kid, conjuring images of The Rock and Randy Orton as a wrestler who could walk out on stage from Day 1 and take over the world.
The common denominator in all of this is all three performers come from wrestling royalty. The belief is if they could do it, so could Reigns.
Sorry, wrong Vince.
For now, because of necessity, Randy Orton is perfect as the go between opponent for Rollins. While the fans await the re-entrance of Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman around SummerSlam, a program the Apex Predator is a storyline the WWE and the fans can live with.
Reigns can be repacked and be welcomed by the fans, remain in the title picture and ready at a moment’s notice to spear his way toward glory.
There have been plenty of wrestlers who did not fit a mold in the beginning of their careers and then took off later as they were repackaged. Stone Cold Steve Austin was a good wrestler as “Stunning” Steve Austin in WCW but once he shaved his locks and quoted everything there was, he became an icon in the WWE.
Batista came along as Leviathan and Deacon Batista before he joined Evolution and became a world champion. Barry Windham was a popular face wrestler and was repackaged to join The Four Horseman and became one of the best heel wrestlers of his era.
It can be done, and better yet – the WWE is fully aware of it.
What would have happened to the company after WrestleMania is Reigns walked out of Santa Clara with the strap on his waist? There would have been a revolt and a calling for his head. While the match was better than I and most believed it would be, Reigns still does not have the support of the wrestling community to be “their” champion. It takes more than a look or a catch phrase to be the leader of the band, so to speak. And you can “Believe That”.
The company should not give up on the Roman Reigns experiment and neither should we. There is too much talent there to think he would be a world champion. It just means we all need to wait a while for that to happen.