WWE Legend on Roman Reigns’ Heel Turn: “They Can Make You Do It, the Way They Want”

Published 01/03/2022, 9:30 AM EST


Ever since Roman Reigns became The Tribal Chief from The Big Dog, things changed 180 degrees for the reigning Universal Champion. Back when Roman Reigns debuted in 2012 alongside Shield, he was treated as the powerhouse of that faction.

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However, ever since Shield broke up in 2014, Roman had a tough time with the WWE Universe. What do we mean by WWE Universe? Well, accolades-wise, Reigns achieved everything in the WWE ring, from Royal Rumble to defeating Undertaker at WrestleMania.

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But one thing, he couldn’t win was the fans’ approval. WWE legend and two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T admitted that it was the fans who forced WWE to change the course of Roman Reigns’ career.

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The reigning WWE Universal champion never lacked the skill set to reach the top of the mountain. However, fans were just tired when WWE tried to push him as the ultimate babyface like the next John Cena.

However, this plan from the backstage authorities backfired when fans outright rejected the idea of Reigns headlining WrestleMania’s or being in the championship picture.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 30: In this image released on November 08, WWE Star Roman Reigns poses ahead of the MTV EMA’s 2020 on October 30, 2020, in Orlando, United States. The MTV EMA’s aired on November 08, 2020. (Photo by WWE, INC./(c) WWE, INC. via Getty Images)

Speaking on the latest episode of his podcast, The Hall of Fame‘, the six-time world champion admitted that fans were the ones who changed Vince McMahon’s mind.

“I think the fans perhaps wanted to see him in a different role and then trying to motivate the company to move that person into that role. I think the fans these days can hijack a whole show. They can make you want to do it the way they want.” he said.

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Now, with his heel turn since 2020, Reigns has been unstoppable and he has laid waste to legends like John Cena, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Brock Lesnar, and the list goes on and on.

Now, the WWE Universe loves to hate the champ because Reigns delivers promos like a cocky heel who has no sense of conscience.

 

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Reigns is having the time of his life being the WWE Universal Champion.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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