When Roman Reigns cut his promo on last week’s Raw, he seemed to ramble on and on until the fans began chanting “Boring!” For whatever reason, Roman Reign’s babyface persona hasn’t gotten over with many fans in the WWE universe and the boring chant is clear evidence of that.
Although Reigns makes his way to the ring by randomly walking through the crowd and jumping the barricade, those same fans don’t seem to buy what Reigns is selling in the ring.
The Problem with Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns isn’t getting over as a babyface because he isn’t connecting with the crowd. Can you ever imagine a wrestling crowd chanting “Boring” at a wrestler like Diamond Dallas Page? Reigns should be compared to DDP because their characters are fairly similar. Both DDP and Reigns make their way through the crowd into the ring, both are touted as competitors for major titles and both superstars have a similar build.
DDP had Kimberly, which was his real life wife who had modeled for various magazines over the years. Perhaps Roman Reigns could get over with the crowd better if he had a woman by his side? Kimberly certainly complimented DDP as she became part of the story line in various angles. A female companion could certainly help Reign’s character, as he looks to one day become a contender for the WWE Championship.
Since WrestleMania, Has Reigns’ Career Suffered?
Roman Reigns has the demeanor of a guy who is cool, calm and collected at all times. He doesn’t seem rattled by any competitor inside the WWE locker room. That being said, what major championships has Reigns pursued since losing to Brock Lesnar (and Seth Rollins) at WrestleMania earlier this year?
There’s an old joke about teams that lose the Super Bowl seem to follow up the next season flat. Is Roman Reigns experiencing this same phenomenon? Perhaps the problem lies within Roman Reign’s ability to cut promos. He also hasn’t been booked in many high profile title matches since WrestleMania.
Character vs. Charisma
It’s no secret the Roman Reigns has wrestling in his blood. His father is a WWE Hall of Famer and many of family members, which include the Rock, Rikishi and Umaga have had incredible runs in the WWE.
Take into account the characters of those in the Anoa’i family and the incredible personalities that they brought to the ring. Where the Rock and Rikishi brought charisma into the ring, Umaga was all about his in ring persona, which also got over with the fans. Reigns needs to find a comfortable medium in order to find a way for his character to get over with the crowd.