Roman Reigns: Ready for Prime Time?

When the Shield debuted over a year ago, Roman Reigns was like the shadowy muscle of the group. He was the least featured member of the trio. He was given few lines during their promos. Yet he was always there to deliver a devastating spear or powerbomb when needed.

With the rich indy wrestling history of both Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, it is surprise that they were expected to carry most of the load during the early days of the stable. After all, Roman Reigns was a former football player and started wrestling in 2010, whereas both Ambrose and Rollins had been wrestling since the early 2000’s.

Reigns does have a rich family history though, as he is a member of the famous Anoa’i family that includes past such as Yokozuna, , and The Rock, so it is not like he was a complete stranger to the world of wrestling.

After his dominating performance at last year's Survivor Series, it seemed obvious that there were big plans for Roman Reigns.

After his dominating performance at last year’s , it seemed obvious that there were big plans for Roman Reigns.

A little over a year ago, it appeared that Dean Ambrose was the member being groomed for a breakout solo career. He was considered the de facto of the group and is the only member of the group to win a solo title while Rollins and Reigns shared the Tag Team Championships.

Something changed last fall, however, and it appeared that Reigns was the one gaining momentum in the Shield after Ambrose seemed enter a lull. Coincidentally enough, it was as soon as Rollins and Reigns lost their championships that his push began. The first hint that he was going to be a breakout star was at last year’s Survivor Series, where he was the sole survivor and dominated the competition, eliminating four opponents during the contest.

Reigns later eliminated the most competitors in history during the 2014 contest and he has not looked back since. With the Shield now entering into a program with the newly reformed Evolution, there are reports that the ultimate goal of the feud is to set up a matchup between Triple H and Roman Reigns at this year’s . The reports make one wonder: is Roman Reigns ready for a massive solo push?

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  • http://www.sescoops.com Undertaker316

    in my opinion reigns doesn’t have enough charisma to be successful as a solo competitor YET, while ambrose and rollins both have great mic skills, big move set arsenal,and years of experience wrestling all around the world and knowledge of all kinds of wrestling styles, if they try to force roman reigns to becoming a top star before he is ready it would not work out

    • Patrick

      You should change your name to mini hhh.

      • valo

        …?

    • MachoViper

      Pushing him too hard without a full skillset would be detrimental to him for sure.

    • https://www.facebook.com/RandomBrainActivity Bully FU

      Charisma isn’t something that is really taught, learned, or earned over time. Either one is charismatic or isn’t. Charisma is basically the “It Factor” that some wrestlers just have, it doesn’t have that much to do with if they are ready to reach their potential yet. The very definition of Charisma is “a special magnetic charm or appeal” which Reigns has, undoubtedly. He’s similar to the Rock in a way when he first appeared as Rocky Maivia, you could tell he was destined for great things but had a bad gimmick and given time he would be a true star, same with Austin. I’m not saying Reign’s will hit the same level, or even close to the same level, as those two but I think you misused “charisma”.

      • Knoxer

        Daniel Bryan isn’t the most charismatic guy either but look where he’s at

        • Gotstodobetter

          Beat down every week and given a charity belt run because of the fans.

          • Knoxer

            Still the champ and hell of a wrestler

          • raVen

            screw you for stating facts!

          • Knoxer

            His character is supposed to be a guy who gets beats up all the time and still ends up victorious it’s called an underdog

          • thatguy

            but it gets old fast and im sayin that liking him….

          • Knoxer

            I agree but it could be worse he could’ve got the cena gimmick

          • thatguy

            VERY true……thank god or whoever for that!

          • Jobber

            Please bryan is talented and it’s nice to see someone other then who looks the part best

      • Cujo999

        I disagree. People forget that when The Rock debuted as Rocky Maivia, he was universally hated, and “Die Rocky, Die!” chants and signs were extremely prevalent. It wasn’t until he got outrageous, started referring to himself in the 3rd person all the time, and developed the millions….AND MILLIONS of The Rock’s catchphrases that people jumped on board. Austin had good mike work, but was not overly charismatic, as “Stunning” Steve Austin or The Ringmaster. Even JR, who hired Austin into the WWE, has said he had no idea that Austin would develop into a main event guy, much less “the guy.” Both he and Vince thought Austin would be a solid upper mid-carder. Reigns doesn’t have charisma. He has “the look.” Similarly, Brock Lesnar has the “it factor,” but zero charisma.

        • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

          I personally think that we all have the ‘it factor’ but the challenge is finding it. As you said with these wrestlers, it took a gimmick change for them to realise that it was their ‘it factor’ Stone Cold went from a technician to the person everyone wanted to be.. Which was, talk trash all of the time but back it up, beat up your boss, drink beers and drive a freakin truck into the ring etc. The Rock was just undeniably cool, the short hair, the shades, the shirts, the lines, the athleticism. These were guys who had found their ‘it factor’. Reigns just needs to find his personality, that is all.

          • Cujo999

            I’ll be honest about Austin. He was a manufactured champion, plain and simple. WWE invested a TON of money in him to get him over and keep him over. They hired Mike Tyson for WM14 to get everybody watching, and they still lost the ratings battle the night after he won the strap. It wasn’t until Vince started eating Stunners every week and they dropped massive money on monster trucks, beer trucks, cement mixers, etc, etc., that WWE started turning the corner. I liked him as “Stunning” Steve in WCW, but by the time he got the strap in WWE, he was too broken down to really have a good match. I think everybody knows that there’s no way Austin could have gotten over before or after the Attitude Era. If he couldn’t cuss up a storm, flip everybody off, drink beer, and beat up a McMahon every week, he never would’ve gotten over like he did, and none of that would have flown before or since that period.

    • Oliver_Twisted

      Brett Hart wasn’t charismatic.

      • QuiteFrankly2k

        Bret Hard would wrestle like a god though, lmao. No one can argue that.

    • raVen

      I can’t believe people still think ambrose has a shot.
      his “legendary micwork from the indies” has been a total fail in wwe. his “big move set arsenal” is a kick, terrible looking punch, a thez press that is equal to a cena stf, and random flailing.. ambrose is a bust!!!!!!!!

      • http://www.sescoops.com Undertaker316

        you obviously fail to realize that wwe limits wrestlers movesets once they are on the main roster

        • raVen

          not at all. that is why Roman does a superman, spear, powerbomb, and punches. that’s why bryan does corner drop kicks, more kicks, suicide dives, headbutt, submission.
          I fully understand how wwe waters guys down, and why they do it. I do NOT understand how the other two members of shield get better each week while ambrose gets worse. I don’t understand why everyone who came up from that NXT class is better this week than they were last week….except for ambrose who gets worse and worse each week. If you can’t throw a right hand (ambrose) you won’t make it in the wwe, where that’s 80% of your match.

          • http://www.sescoops.com Undertaker316

            i dont know how you see ambrose get worse the way ambrose wrestles is influenced by his character as this unpredictable and psychotic guy, also ambrose is the wrestler with the best mic work in wwe right now,

          • raVen

            is it? or did he realize early on that he was very awkward and un-athletic so his character changed to fit his awkward sluggish un-athletic “style”? The guy can’t do a thez press or throw a right hand…I mean c’mon!
            best mic work? he’s had one promo in months and that was meh at best. Ambrose is no where near Bray Wyatt in any area, especially promos.

          • http://www.sescoops.com Undertaker316

            you obviously have something personal against dean ambrose so you believe what you want and i will believe what i want this discussion is now over

          • raVen

            never met the guy and don’t have a single thing against him, this is just what I see.
            you know what’s great about the internet?

          • raVen

            discussions

          • raVen

            only

          • raVen

            end

          • raVen

            when

          • raVen

            both

          • raVen

            parties

          • raVen

            decide to end it…

          • Thatguuy

            I completely agree…also i have to say if they dont do the Reigns push right hes gunna flop…….hard….and alot of people are gunna be butthurt about it…also someone please go ahead and try n say something homophobic about me using butthurt….for those that dont know it just means upset :)

      • Terri

        You are very correct Raven

    • Wolf Haley

      but seth doesnt have charisma either?? in fact roman has more charisma than seth o.0

    • gdaddy1971

      I agree. Rollins and Ambrose are both more polished than Reigns. Rollins is more athletic and better on the mic, and Ambrose is a much better worker. Sadly, the main reason why Reigns will get the push over the other two is because of his size and his family background.

  • Patrick

    I always love it when people say, so and so isn’t ready for that next promotion. This isn’t just in wrestling. This goes for all industries from music to acting to even your own job. How many people told you you weren’t ready for that promotion. You won’t know till they promote you and give you the opportunity to shine without trying to sabotage you.

    Name a music act, guarantee you that people said they sucked. That they didn’t have the right sound or look. Same for actors and athletes. So many critics out there.

    Sticking with wrestling itself, how many people said Foley didn’t have the right look to be champion? That Bret, Shawn and Jericho were too small. That Stunning Steve Austin and the ring master were mid card at best. Heck, even HHH wasn’t deemed championship material in his early run at champ. Look at how many triple threats and four way matches he was in during his early run because management didn’t think he was main event. Warrior was buried many times yet he still made it. Look at ththe most recent examples of Daniel Bryan and Cm Punk.

    Point is, no matter where you go in any walks of life there are going to be haters. And no matter what walk of life you are in, there are always going to be people who rise above that and succeed!

    • Archimedes_Slim

      It’s not necessarily that he isn’t ready or wouldn’t be good at that level. More importantly it needs to be organic. If he dominates too fast, or is crammed down viewers throats, there will be major backlash against him. Most of the best guys have had slow builds, and had fan support before they made it to that champion status. If he just gets dropped into the title picture where is there left for him to go? I think everybody pretty much expects Reigns to hit that top level, it’s really just a matter of when.

      • Patrick

        It has been a slow natural organic build over the last year for the growth of Regins and for Cesaro!

        When was the last slow build champion?

        HHH was rammed and jammed down our throats, so was John Cena.

        It’s now a different era and time now. Everything is so much faster technology wise and there’s over exposure. Be happy that the fed has enough vision to say, yeah we’re going to make a new champion in Regins. The fans aren’t going to turn on a new face. His face turn has already been planted. The fans have already accepted him. Now it’s time to start filling up the jet fuel and strap on that rocket!

        • scott

          Cesaro hasn’t had a lick of build yet. After the Cena match nothing happened. The only positive thing so far was first that Andre the Giant thing and then he joined up with Heyman. But even when Heyman is in the ring with him he still talks about Undertakers streak so sometimes its like hes not even there

        • Archimedes_Slim

          There was a time when fans firmly accepted Cena too. Many of the Smart Marks as well. Fans turn on faces all the time. It’s not new either, The Rock ran into that back when he was still called Rocky Miavia.

          Daniel Bryan would be the last slow build champion. It really makes it feel like he’s earned every bit of it. CM Punk, Jericho, there are lots, whereas John Cena, HHH had/have a sizeable hatedom, to the point where they may outnumber actual fans.

          I think that’s the major issue, nobody wants Reigns to become another Cena.

          • Patrick

            Daniel Bryan wasn’t a slow build champion by choice. They got super lucky with him by messing up so many things along the way. Rock was a super gullible face just before the beginning of the attitude era, of course they were going to turn on him. How would Reigns even become another Cena?

          • Archimedes_Slim

            I agree that DBry wasn’t planned, but I’m just saying that regardless of what they wanted he became a slow burn champion, so they kind of lucked into that. Now he’s the most over guy on the roster. I think Reigns could become another Cena if they tried to launch him into superstardom right now, and booked him to run over everybody else. The IWC hipsters are already turning on him. As you said HHH, and Cena were both forced, which caused the fans to turn on them. Ryback was going down the same road, and Goldberg had that problem as well. I don’t think it’s going to happen to Reigns, but I do think it’s a possibility. I think he should at least win the IC title first before he gets a World title shot.

          • Patrick

            Bryan also has a work ethic like no other that’s helped him get over. The WWE would love for Reigns to become another cash cow multi million dollar grossing employee like Cena!

            And besides, in the end of it all didn’t HHH, Cena and Goldberg do pretty well for themselves and for their company?

  • Jeremy-County Roberts

    he is ready for a prime time players 2.0. MILLIONS OF SPEARS, MILLIONS OF SPEARS.

  • Lydia

    He is so ready!!! Can’t wait!!!

  • MachoViper

    He needs a dominant fighting champion IC or US title run first.

  • Noah

    Roman Reigns WILL win the 2015 Royal Rumble and go on to WM 31 and win the WWE World Heavyweight title!!!.

    • Fazzax

      Lenar vs Reigns,aww yis.

    • ObsessiveFanBoy

      Just like Batista did in 2015. Now you see where the comparisons draw from.

  • insomniacreviewer

    Ambrose doesn’t look anything close to being a believeable tough guy and he’s awkward in the ring, the only one with the potential to be a main eventer is Reigns.

    • Patrick

      You’re an idiot.

      • raVen

        truth hurts huh Patrick.

        • Patrick

          Terribly so yes.

          That’s why I cried myself to sleep last night.

          • raVen

            don’t worry..
            today..today when Armageddon reached out into your good, good, mornings..it’s just another day.
            the sun came up, you did what you did yesterday, and it’s exactly what you will do it again tomorrow.
            today’s news, todays latest just across my desk news story is this: it’s not the end of the world..it’s just the end of the day.

    • WarPigsLukesWall

      I think Rollins has potential as well. Dude’s on fire in the ring and solid on the mic. When the Shield goes their separate ways I’m certain Seth will come in to his own and be a main event competitor.

      • insomniacreviewer

        I can see Rollins being mid carder to upper mid carder but he’s too small for WWE to fully push and plus he has that very obvious lisp.

        • WarPigsLukesWall

          Yeah I can see him riding the line between upper mid card and main event due to his size. I don’t think his size will hold him back forever though. Bryan was in the main event of WrestleMania 30 and he’s smaller than Seth is. As for the lisp, I never really noticed it. Maybe I’m just oblivious. Cody Rhodes on the other hand…

          • insomniacreviewer

            I don’t know i think Bryan overall has more muscle mass and he got over with the crowd, he’s a rare case. I just can’t see Rollins being WWE WHC but if i had my own promotion i’d hire Rollins.

          • insomniacreviewer

            Bryan has more muscle mass though and he got over with the crowd, he’s a rare case but i i had my own wrestling company i’d hire Rollins.

  • penultimate warrior

    look at all of u, commenting as if u are some big time wrestling bookers with decades of knowledge. let the wwe do what they wanna do & who they wanna push.

    • ObsessiveFanBoy

      Yes, because everything they do is the right decision, correct?

    • Patrick

      You’re right!

      These Hollywood actors and other Hollywood suits who are hired based on not knowing a thing about wrestling are a lot smarter than us!

      That’s why the ratings are up!
      PPV sales have increased!
      Attendance for raw, smackdown and house shows are at an all time high!

      • penultimate warrior

        u just got what u wanted…. shield, wyatts getting pushed, bryan winning at mania.. and ppl still crib. morons

  • Progressed_Now

    he’s nowhere near ready. Ambrose is the mouthpiece of the Shield, and Reign never says anything good. if he’s gonna break out on his own, he’s gonna have to graduate from Promo Uni with honors.

    • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

      Perhaps get a manager? Maybe someone like Rikishi? Still pretty relevant with the crowd and can get reactions.

      • raVen

        you have Heyman, Zeb, Renee, and Lana on the payroll and you would bring in Rikishi…..da fuq???

        • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

          Heyman has Lesnar and his new project Cesaro. Zeb has the whole pure American gimmick, Renee Young isn’t a strong enough character yet and seems to be a permanent backstage roll and Lana seems to be just for Rusev which makes both of their characters fit. I don’t see the Russian Lana suiting Roman Reigns. Rikishi is from his family, he is an established big face too, plus he probably already has a legend’s contract which would mean that he is probably easy to get in as a manager role.

          • raVen

            yes the great promos…”Roman..did it..fo..da..people” haha
            no really I’m just not a rikishi fan..ever!
            Heyman barely has time for cesaro..who is always with him. it would be sad to see another guy ignored.
            Zeb has Swagger..that’s a great short cut to nothing.
            Renee would be over withing 10minutes. please watch JBL & Cole show if you haven’t. Even if it was a Hogan/mean gene thing where only renee could interview roman. she just gets it she asks good questions has great responses and looks good doing it.
            Lana..lana is untapped we still don’t know a dang thing about her so that’s up in the air. What we do know is that she represents a big monster..Reigns is a big monster!
            oh man a Rusev/Reigns team makes me moist.
            Rusev with a heel kick that turns ziggler around to THE SUPERMAN PUNCH! they could even do a double powerbomb finish.
            sorry reading this write up got me thinking of all the great mid card stuff Reigns needs to do first.

        • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

          Renee issn’t a character, she’s a reporter. I don’t even remember her doing ring work(managing,cutting promos, bumps stuff like that) What would make you suggest that? lol

          • raVen

            watch JBL & Cole show Renee is a fantastic character.

      • Patrick

        I down voted your comment.

        • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

          And I gave no f***s.

    • Patrick

      Why do you think HHH is working with him now??

      TO GET HIM READY!!

      • Progressed_Now

        if that’s the case, then it’s another case of someone peaking too early. and he can’t cut a promo to save his life. if he breaks out on his own, what’s he gonna do, play mute?

  • omega riddler

    I think we’ll know when Roman Reigns is going to split from The Shield. They’ll probably put Roman Reigns in singles matches a lot more before the split to build up his move set, and they should have him in a feud with someone while he is a member of The Shield to build up his mic skills

  • MajorHeel

    You’ll all hate him in 4-5 years

    • QuiteFrankly2k

      This was a funny ass comment. To be honest I do have to agree. Its partly the fault of the fans as well as WWE. The fans ask for more — then once they are given more they are fed more than they asked for. They start to hate it. Rather sad if you ask me.

    • ObsessiveFanBoy

      Some people hate him right now. Why wait 4 years?

  • Franco

    Every generation WWE grooms a certain type of guy over a period of years because he is hand picked to be on that special top level on the WWE pyramid. With Bray Wyatt going face soon, and John Cena’s current role basically being toned down (or possibly heading towards some big character change).. that leaves room for Reigns to take that torch.
    After all, I think everybody should know…Daniel Bryan is not “the man”. He’s the WWE Champ, but he isn’t the next in line to pick up where Cena leaves off.
    Better be careful what you wish for. Roman Reigns could be the next “super man” in WWE. Maybe that’s why one of his finishers is called “super-man punch”. They’re probably hinting it right there. That guy that with a 100 Ws, and 2 L’s (by DQ) that everyone will begin to strongly dislike. He’ll be worse than Cena. Because his runs would be longer. Watch them use Roman Reigns to break CM Punk’s 434 day run. WWE wants Roman Reigns, fans want Roman Reigns. Be careful what you wish for. Because you just might get it………

    • Padres4life

      and why isn’t Bryan the man? the fans pick, not the WWE> the fans aren’t picking Roman Reigns…you are saying that he’s more over than Bryan? thats a joke! nobody is more over than Bryan. Fans already picked Bryan.

  • Daniel Bryan

    No. He isn’t ready but that doesn’t mean it can’t work. I think it will work, actually, and work quite well. I’m a firm believer that regardless if a guy is ready, if he’s got the talent, they can make it work. Reigns has the talent. He’s over with the fans, he’s big, he’s strong, he’s athletic…the only real thing he lacks is in ring moves (matters less and less these days) and his mic work. These will come with experience.

    Reigns vs HHH will be a fantastic match and I can’t wait to see it. HHH vs Bryan was good…in my opinion Reigns vs HHH will be even better. HHH is still a solid in ring performer, he’s one of the best ever regardless of how some of the IWC wants to try and downplay him. We’ve seen over the past few months that HHH still has it as a heel. I don’t care what anyone says; as a heel HHH is one of the best of all time. There are few that can play that role as well as he can. He’s a natural bad guy.

    At Summerslam I could see Brock vs Bryan for the title but I don’t see WWE wanting Lesnar to carry the title leading up to Mania season with his limited schedule. Maybe there are more dates built into this part of his deal which would make sense. If they do have him holding it, I think he holds it until Wrestlemania 31 setting up for a Brock vs Reigns feud. That I’d pay to see if the Reigns character continues its upward build it has been on. If Brock signs past WM 31 I don’t know if it is best for him to go against Reigns because I don’t think Brock should lose at Mania and then continue with the company after beating the streak. If it would be his last match with the company I could see it though.

    Cena is an outside possibility vs Bryan at SS but I don’t think this feud with Bray is nearly over yet. Bray vs Cena at SS makes more sense and I think that’s what we’ll see.

    Batista vs Bryan is another option. The storyline would be an easy one to write. As would Randy Orton (NO) vs Bryan.

    • Padres4life

      did you just say Reigns will have a better singles match than Bryan? get out

      • Daniel Bryan

        Yes I did. HHH vs Reigns sets up better than HHH vs Bryan.

  • scott

    No hes not, He’s at least another year away

  • valo2k5

    Dont get me wrong. Im a massive Reigns fan. He is the future. But the future isnt quite…now. Theyre hot right now. All 3 can benefit from staying together. Reigns getting more experience (in ring and on mic) will be very helpful. Plus as babfaces, that would keep the Wyatt family heel. Theyre also very hot right now and rumors have it, if the Shield turns heel, the Wyatts will turn face. and to turn the Wyatts face right now as theyre getting hot, will be a huge mistake in my opinion.

    • CheapOp

      This is a good problem to have (for once) in the WWE. The Shield is extremely successful, but each individual has the potential to be extremely successful as well. I agree with you though; it’s not time yet.

  • Guest

    While I think Reigns has charisma and the look that WWE looks for, but in my opinion, exposing him as a singles star won’t work right now. He is lacking in wrestling and promos. His moveset is extremely limited, and not entertaining in the ring. His match with Bray on Raw several weeks ago proved that. His mic skills also aren’t great. Even as recent as this Raw, where the Shield was cutting a promo, Ambrose and Rollins cut solid promos, but Reigns’ promo was not as good as the other two’s. I’m not hating on Reigns, as I feel he definitely could be the next Face of WWE, but he needs to work a bit more on his moveset and his promos. Mic skills and wrestling can be improved, but more importantly, he does have the ‘it’ factor, which is something that can’t be teached. Having him go as a singles star now will over-expose him, and could potentially hurt him.

  • Hershey Maxwell Barber

    I still think Ambrose should be the forefront of the Shield. It’s interesting to see how things have changed. I honestly can’t wait till we see a single feud between Ambrose and Bray though. Those promos will be off the chain.

    • raVen

      is till think ambrose in 6months away from future endeavors once shield splits.

    • Michael Hicks

      I thought Ambrose would be competing for at least the IC title and possibly the WHC if they hadn’t unified the titles by now. He is the total package and can really do it all. With the way they were booking him at first, he was definitely being groomed as the solo star of the group but took a backseat to Reigns last fall.

    • ObsessiveFanBoy

      I feel that should’ve been the true focus of the Shield vs Wyatts feud. I too was looking forward to the promos between Ambrose and Bray but the WWE was so keen on making Roman look like God they made him and Bray the focus and just made the other two nonexistent. That’s what ruined this feud for me. We should’ve seen a “war of words” between the best talkers from their respective groups instead Roman just looked tough the entire time.

  • J’vo

    You cannot change him instantly,Benoit have bad mic-skill but he got attention because his technical wrestling skill
    If u think that charisma come from mic-skill thing,then see Zack Ryder where he is now,some talent can deliver his charisma from different way but need work hard too and luck

    If WWE wants play smoothly with this guy
    ,give him Intercontinental title match,let him play for a while just like The Rock did before he went to WWE Title

  • raVen

    yeah he could probably do well but it would only hurt him 3years down the road when he is on track for his 19th title run. Avoid making reigns another batista/orton/cena let the guy be a workhorse for a while. let him lead the mid card for a couple years. have him come up short his first title shot. have him do a couple turns over a few years.
    The kid is very impressive but the paint isn’t dry yet.

  • @ScottieRock28

    I definitely think that Reigns has potential to be a big star, but I don’t think his time is now or even at SummerSlam or Mania 31. Even though Bryan & Hart aren’t the most charasmatic of guys, they still captivate audiences on the mic (somehow). However, Reigns just sounds lost on the mic and it’s going to take some time for him to get comfortable.
    Pairing him with a manager could definitely work, but you’d have to find the right manager. I would personally love to see The Rock come back and help out Reigns and then we could possibly even see a Rock/Reigns match. I wasn’t a fan of The Rock coming back for last year’s Rumble or Mania 29, but I think Reigns could see a huge benefit from The Rock coming in for a short (2-3 PPV’s) run with him. I know this is wishful htinking and will never happen.
    However, if WWE does this right, we could see a Reigns/Wyatt rivalry that last years like Austin/Rock with each one going back and forth as top Face/Heel. I truly believe that Reigns has most of the tools to be a top guy, but it’s going to take some time and WWE shouldn’t rush it (looking at you, Ryback & Curtis Axel).

    • Michael Hicks

      I definitely agree that he seems uncomfortable on the mic at times. It appears they are going to push him to the moon as soon as possible, so he will have to work it out quickly. I think he has the potential to be a huge star, but definitely has some work to do before he’s ready to be one of the top faces of the company. With that said, I love him as a performer and can’t wait to see where he’s at a year from now. He has improved dramatically in his short time with the company.

      • Padres4life

        the thing is, they’re giving him the same opponents that they gave Bryan to beat….so does that mean they’re wanting two top faces instead of one?

  • Tom Shelton

    Roman Reigns Sucks.

  • Guest

    My dream push for Roman Reigns:
    At TLC, I want to see the official breakup of the shield. I would have Ambrose retain the US title, & Rollins gain the IC title. With the other members of the Shield’s help as well. I have Reigns in the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against a member of Evolution, but unlike his Shield brethren, Reigns will be screwed by Ambrose and Rollins as they join Evolution. Evolution would then have all the singles titles in the WWE. Rollins would turn face again somewhere down the line though, and the three would have a triple threat unification match for the US and IC titles at the Rumble. This match would also be unpredictable since many would assume Reigns will win the Royal Rumble match and dont expect him to carry around four singles titles. Reigns would win the unification match, but get screwed in the final two of the Rumble match by Ambrose and/or Rollins. This would see Reigns get a big win, and an easy scapegoat of the Rumble match. Reigns would succesfully defend the US/IC titles at WM 31 against Rollins and Ambrose and for a couple months as he builds the prestige of the titles as well as his charisma and mic work along the way. He would then drop the titles a couple months after WM 31 and then proceed to win the 2015 Royal Rumble match in his third try and face Cesaro, The Rock (in his last match), or John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of WM 32, which will also be the beginning of the IWC’s inevitable hatred of Roman Reigns.

  • Padres4life

    isn’t it funny how the two big highlights of Reign’s career thus far were the Survivor Series eliminations and the Royal Rumble record, yet they’re both badly overshadowed by Bryan’s fans calling for him to enter the Rumble and Bryan’s name being shouted during the Orton/ Big Show match? LOL

  • satishwarne708

    There is no way he’ll fair as a singles guy.As mentioned here Rollins and Ambrose are truer professional. Reigns is rookie pushed for his size and looks,that’s it.He can’t talk too but then so couldn’t the Hit Man yet he will never be as good wrestler as Bret,no one will.I still think Rollins is the future.OK I’m adamantly a huge Rollins fan he can fly, brawl,take bumps,technical stuff,submissions,good on the Mic(he does most talking for the Shield these days)and got the looks to be face of the company Rollins for me.I don’t care what anyone says remove Rollins from shield and tell me the group will be same.

  • Mikal

    I do not see Reigns winning at Summerslam. He needs that major loss that major letdown. Then they knock him down to mid card and see if he can build himself back up to the main event level. Besides Austin, Undertaker, and the Rock, who of the main eventers from the Attitude era and beyond haven’t followed this model? Bryan did, Punk did, RKO did, Bootista did. It’s how the WWE tests their superstars before going full nuclear with them. There is a lot of money involved with who makes it to the main events. WWE will hedge their bets. You get the taste of Gold now work your way back to it. Some superstars dont recover from this, look at the Miz, he hasn’t been able to build himself back there. Looks like Ziggler is in the same boat. Cesaro was jobbing for half a year after his US champ run. Now he is working back up and probably has another de-push in his future once they give him a taste of the ME. I’ts an intriguing business and the Shield no doubt will follow in this pattern. Looking forward to it. The “NXT” era should be fun to watch.

  • Alain Alfred Corpuz

    Am i the only one here who sees Seth Rollins as “The Primetime Ready” than Roman Reigns?

    I mean, Reigns is A future star, Ambrose will be one of the greatest Heels in the Future but i think Rollins is the one that has Mic Skills, Charisma and Wrestling Skills overall.

    • ObsessiveFanBoy

      Agreed. Ambrose is my favorite from the Shield, but Rollins is without a doubt the best all-around performer from the group.

  • BrytSyd

    titles dont matter as much as the storyline…. even if you have the wwe world heavyweight title but youre in a lackluster storyline, it will get you nowhere…. the point is give reigns the best storyline… what makes the best storyline? put him with the best heels…… few years ago when the wwe title was held by cm punk it was only the second priority because the main storyline was about john cena and the rock, brock vs triple h….. right now the hottest storyline so far aside from wyatt-cena is evolution vs shield…. well, because theyre competing with the best heels…. just saying

  • Matt Zardoz

    How about this people? Ultimately Roman Reigns turns on his Shield comrades and becomes the newest member of Evolution. Triple H becomes the veteran Flair was. Orton and Batista are the present of wrestling. And Reigns becomes what Orton was in old Evolution. The future blue chipper.

    • ObsessiveFanBoy

      That would make things a whole lot interesting. Maybe even split the titles back into two, have Roman Reigns win next year’s Royal Rumble, and have him choose which title he wants to go for (I assume he’ll go for the WHC). And if HHH happens to be the champion, it will be like Batista 2005 all over again.

  • Patrick

    Was Warrior ready for a massive solo push?

    Was HHH ready for a massive solo push?

    Was Cena ready for a massive solo push?

    Was BROCK LESNAR ready for a massive solo push?

    Was Goldberg ready for a massive solo push?

    Was koko b ware ready for a massive solo push?

  • ObsessiveFanBoy

    I don’t have a problem with Roman Reigns, in fact I like the guy and enjoy watching him spear anyone who’s in his path. I just believe they are giving this ‘push’ to the wrong guy. I think Ambrose and Rollins deserve it more (just because they can talk, wrestle, and entertain a modern day crowd. Not that Reigns can’t). Reigns still lacks quite a bit of experience behind the other two, as seen as how they save him for last while the other two do most of the ring work during the match. I just don’t want to see him develop and learn while being the world champion, that’s all. That’s what NXT and the Performance Center is for.

  • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

    Rock with long hair did not deserved to beat Kane’s Royal Rumble streak! He’s mic skills is mediocre, but it at least is terrible like Seth Rollins. Prince Ambrose deserves this big push!

  • Kayfaber

    He does not have superstar talent