7 proposed new finishers for Roman Reigns
It's time for Reigns to stop doing that terrible Spear, and time for him to end his matches with something much more impressive...
Roman Reigns is in desperate need of a new finishing manoeuvre. Ever since he started using the Spear as his primary finisher, his popularity has been on the decline.
It isn’t hard to see why: so many of WWE’s previous big stars have used the move as their finisher, to a point where the move has become completely overexposed. It also doesn’t help that when he does his ‘howl’ to set up the Spear, he gets an even louder chorus of boos.
It’s obvious that the Spear is no longer working as a finisher for Reigns. If he wants to win over more fans, he needs to give them what they want. And what fans want to see nowadays are moves that look more devastating and have a higher risk factor.
If you look at some of WWE’s other top superstars, each one of them uses/used a move with a much higher risk factor that adds an element of suspense into their matches. Seth Rollins used to do the Curb Stomp, which could legitimately concuss someone if done incorrectly.
A.J. Styles has his Styles Clash, which can cause serious neck injuries if taken incorrectly (just ask Yoshi Tatsu). Kevin Owens used to do a Package Piledriver during his indy days, but sometimes teases the move by doing the package lift and dropping his opponents into a side slam.
What each one of these moves does is two-fold. First, it adds that suspense to a match by further blurring the line between worked pain and realistic injury. Second, it gets both the move’s user over as someone who can pull off such a dangerous move perfectly, and it gets the recipient over as someone tough enough to take such a move.
But Reigns? He executes a boring Spear that has been seen non-stop in WWE since the dawn of the new millennium. This only adds to the many reasons why Reigns is viewed as inferior to many other wrestlers on the roster.
The funny thing is, Reigns can perform other, more interesting moves with a lot of success. Though his arsenal of moves right now is somewhat limited, he has added a few extra manoeuvres to it in recent months. Some of these moves are much cooler than his Spear, to a point where they should be considered to become his new primary finishing move.
Here are seven wrestling manoeuvres that Reigns should consider to replace the Spear as his finisher, including two moves that he uses already…
#1 The Moment of Silence
Before his rise to the main roster, Roman Reigns, then known as Leakee, had an entirely different gimmick and presentation from what’s seen today. He debuted as a smart businessman whose time was too valuable to waste, acted like a cocky heel, and backed up his words with a powerful finisher that fit him perfectly.
The Moment of Silence is basically an elevated slam from a Back Suplex position. That might not sound like an impressive move, but one quick look at Reigns executing this move and you’ll see that there’s much more to it than meets the eye.
Reigns used this as his finisher before his main roster call-up and has since used this on rare occasion in his matches.
More often than not, this move actually got a better reaction than most of the other moves he used. That’s because this move takes more skill, shows off power more easily, and looks like a match ending move. The Spear, meanwhile, does not.
If it worked for Reigns during his rookie years, why not go back to what worked in the first place?