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5 reasons that could explain the criticism that Roman Reigns receives

  • Roman Reigns has found himself the inadvertent victim of a battle of wills between the WWE top brass and its hardcore fans.
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Despite the best efforts of the WWE, the audience just hasn’t been sold on Roman ReignsAlthough the WWE tries its utmost best to keep a lid on the creative direction of the product from leaking out, the wealth of information obtainable through the internet has provided the fans with a free backstage pass to observe the behind-the-scenes goings-on in the company.

While this is beneficial in a sense that the reach of the product has never been more wide-spread or far reaching, it has also created an interesting dynamic between fans that understand the nature of the industry and the WWE that are obviously trying to preserve the integrity and novelty of their product.

Caught in between this tug-of-war, deprived of breathing room yet dangerously close to toeing the line, Roman Reigns has found himself the inadvertent victim of this battle of wills between the WWE and the hardcore fans whose loyalty, much like their expectations, is unyielding.

While one party is fixated upon hoisting the Samoan into the stratosphere currently occupied by John Cena, the other couldn't be more averse to the idea, expressing dissent at every opportune moment and trying their hardest to derail the company’s best-laid plans.

Still, it is highly probable that WrestleMania 32 would be rounded off with the commencement of the Roman Era, but in the meantime, here are 5 reasons that may explain why the audience have been so vehemently opposed to that eventuality thus far.

#5 Microphone skills

Cringe-worthy at worst, or unconvincing at best, Roman Reigns really needs to work on his microphone skills
Cringe-worthy at worst, or unconvincing at best, Roman Reigns really needs to work on his microphone skills

Even though an outward comparison between Roman Reigns and The Rock may border on the absurd, there is a case to be made that an unconscious juxtaposition between the two cousins creeps into reckoning whenever the ex-Shield powerhouse wields a microphone.

While The Rock was and still is one of the greatest proponents of the microphone to have ever graced the squared circle, Roman Reigns comes across like a fish out of water – flustered and out of his depth – when asked to render any promo for a substantial period of time. 

Perhaps the responsibility falls on Creative for not yet figuring how exactly to unearth his niche with words, but some of the blame has to be shouldered by Roman Reigns who seems rather hesitant and apprehensive even, when provided with opportunity.

Although his in-ring work ethic shines in comparison to his propensity on the microphone, considering the global mainstream presence of the WWE in modern day scenario, it is still a chink in his armour that the top babyface of the company can ill-afford to bear.

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Published 13 Feb 2016, 19:20 IST
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