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5 Things Roman Reigns can do to win over his haters

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31.71K   //    17 May 2018, 13:02 IST

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A few years ago when the Shield started wreaking havoc on the WWE roster, the strong, silent Roman Reigns was greeted with a chorus of support--in spite of the fact the Shield were supposed to be the 'bad guys.'

It seemed that fans couldn't get enough of the crowd entrancing, tactical vest wearing trio. With allusions being drawn to the early nWo, the Shield would go on to become full babyfaces and seemed unstoppable until the unthinkable happened--Seth Rollins betrayed his brothers and joined the Authority.

When the Shield split, Rollins and Ambrose were given more nuanced, complicated characters to portray. Their theme music and entrances changed, as well as their ring gear.

Roman Reigns, however, remained much the same. It was as if the WWE wanted all of the golden endorsements from the fans toward the stable to now be concentrated on just one man.

For whatever reason, the experiment didn't work. It seemed like the harder the WWE tried to push Reigns as the next John Cena/Hulk Hogan character the more vocal his detractors came. It all rose to a head when Reigns won the Royal Rumble.

The WWE spent the next couple of years doubling down on Roman Reigns over and over again, while the announcers tried to pretend there wasn't a chorus of boos during his entrances and victories.

The last straw seems to have been two PPV performances. At WWE's Wrestlemania 34, fans chanted 'this is awful' during the Universal title match and at Backlash fans left in droves during the Samoa Joe/Roman Reigns contest.

But it's not too late for Roman Reigns to keep his top guy spot. If he makes these five changes, he has a good shot at winning over his haters and cementing his legacy as a top contender.


#1 Pick up a mat wrestling/submission game

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To say that Reigns has a decidedly unscientific approach to his ring work is an understatement. His style seems to be mostly striking with some power moves thrown in. To be fair, he is wrestling the kind of style that WWE creative wants him to because they think it fits his character best.

However, he could certainly add some more technical moves to his gameplan. Men like William Regal and Kurt Angle could go a long way toward teaching the Big Dog how to mat and chain wrestle, which would silence a large segment of his detractors.

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Christopher Scott Wagoner is a fiction writer and freelance journalist from Austin, Texas. Dune is his favorite novel and Dean Malenko is his favorite wrestler.
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