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4 negatives from Roman Reign's WWE run in 2017

Daniel Crump
3.13K   //    02 Jan 2018, 02:06 IST

A few problems along the way.
A few problems along the way.

There is surely nobody on the WWE roster with more pressure on his shoulders than Roman Reigns. After 15 years of the John Cena monopoly, fans are desperate for a change of personnel at the top of the card and Roman looks like the man for the job - at least in Vince's eyes.

While 2017 has seen its positives for the Big Dog, things have not gone according to plan and there is still a considerable amount of work that needs to happen before the WWE can rest comfortably with Reigns at the helm.

In our final instalment of the Positive/Negative 2017 series, we take a look at 4 negatives from Roman Reign's run in the WWE this past year:

#4 His match with Undertaker at Wrestlemania

Right person, wrong time.
Right person, wrong time.

While many will bemoan the fact that Roman Reigns was given yet another Wrestlemania main event despite not being over with the WWE Universe as the 'top guy', there's no denying the fact that Reigns is certainly on his way to replacing John Cena at the top of the WWE pile. Signature moments and matches like this are crucial to helping the guy build up his poster-boy status.

That being said, when Reigns is handed these opportunities, he has to make sure they are executed effectively. Becoming only the second man in history to defeat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania is no doubt a huge achievement to have on your CV, but the way it all went down was a huge disappointment.

True, it was not all Reign's fault. Taker has been showing his age over the past few years and struggles to see through an entire bout without burning out. But Reigns still could have found a way to complement Taker's laborious approach by doing everything he could to make the Deadman still look respectful.

They say that the truly great performers can have a 5-star match with a broom on their best days, but Wrestlemania certainly proved that the Big Dog of WWE doesn't belong amongst them.

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Daniel Crump
Life long WWE fan and recent convert to NJPW. I mainly write feature pieces, giving my opinions on WWE's past, present and future. Follow me on Twitter for more!
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