Six years, it only took six years for Vince McMahon to make Roman Reigns not only interesting, but the most interesting character in WWE.
It’s a moment wrestling fans have been waiting for for half a dozen years, but better late than I guess. Reigns’ return at Summerslam was a huge shock for me and it was nice to see Reigns come out as a badass heel instead of his regular Superman, John Cena 2.0 self.
To add to this, Reigns being a Paul Heyman guy, gives him the mouthpiece we always wanted him to have, while he can be the quiet assassin, similar to how he was in The Shield.
I think it’s a great that Roman is a heel and will face his cousin Jey Uso for the Universal Championship at Clash of Champions, a feud in which Reigns has been passive so far. This shows the glimmer of his babyface self. I think Jey stealing the pinfall last night on Smackdown was genius and it highlights a slight dissension between the two that will pay off at the PPV. I believe Heyman will begin to really get into the head of Reigns and plant the idea in the Universal Champion’s head that the title is more important than family, solidifying the heel turn we saw a month ago at Summerslam.
I’m not a fan of the new catchphrase ‘Wreck everyone and leave’ but that is a minor issue that doesn’t bother me too much.
This new Roman Reigns has really got me interested in the development of his character, Jey Uso’s character, how Jimmy will react when he returns and Roman’s relationship with Paul Heyman.
Like it or not, Roman’s return has given Smackdown something fresh in it’s main event scene and I think it’s good that we’ve diverted from the Strowman vs Wyatt feud that we had going on for the majority of the summer as that was getting stale.