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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18/March/2017 at 11:28
Another rumour I've seen is Roman will be drafted to Smackdown to keep him away from Brock for a year before he challenges at Wrestlemania 34. This would still allow for a heel turn and even a feud with his old buddy Dean Ambrose over on the blue brand.

WWE really should enforce the heel turn as while Reigns might be popular with kids and shifting a fair bit of merchandise the fact is the more hardcore fans despise him, a heel turn may not fix that but it's certainly worth a try.

Trouble is my gut feeling is WWE will continue with him as a face and just use the excuse he gets a strong reaction even if it's mixed using the whole no one provokes such emotion and passion from the fans the same way they have with John Cena for years.
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I think his merch numbers and the fact that he's popular with the women and children has re-enforced the idea to WWE execs that Reigns should stay babyface, because he is not only creatively walking in the footsteps of John Cena, he is now also financially walking in the footsteps of John Cena.

I used to think it was a sure thing that sooner or later Reigns would turn face before he could get so universally hated by the hardcore fans 18-45 male fans, but at this point I think that window has just about closed on that, and they're just gonna go full-Cena on Reigns and that's all there is to it.

If that's their goal, then the best thing they could do to make everyone happy is reunite the Shield, and officially launch the run of the The Balor Club, and in time, bring up Sanity and Author's of Pain to feud with as well.

They can continue to take part in singles competition as well, but as long as the Shield is officially a unit, Reigns popularity shouldn't drop too low, and it'd only help him, as well as Rollins and Ambrose.

It wouldn't be hard to continue running with things just as they are (aside from Ambrose needing to be on the same brand) and run their entrance music just the same when they in singles competition. The only difference would be having to get Reigns his own unique entrance music, and having different ring gear depending on what identity they were wrestling as. Shield gear for Shield-related matches, and their current ring-gear for when they're just doing something on their own. With about 2 sentences from the announce team people would get it both quickly and easily.
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I think WWE have accepted that the top guy in the company will always get a split reaction because the hardcore fans know he's the chosen one of management and not necessarily someone who got to the top organically by building fan support through his performances and rising up the card as a result. For this reason that guy will always get a negative reaction from those fans, a heel turn for Reigns may not change that because while Roman might do a excellent job as a heel and win over a few of those people they will all still know he's the golden boy of Vince McMahon and will probably never be as universally popular as guys like Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles who won over fans purely on their ability inside the ring and also the fact they inspire fans because they didn't have the help of being stereotypical superstars with the whole Hollywood billboard look.

In some ways this isn't such a bad thing, Reigns will still sell tickets and merchandise which is the most important quality he neeeds after all, the mixed reaction also alllows him to easily work more tweener for feuds with fellow faces, I enjoyed his work with AJ when Styles was still a face and he's also had matches with Finn Balor and of course his upcoming match with The Undertaker. A switch to Smackdown may also allow for a passing of the torch match between Reigns and Cena which is something I'd like to see.
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