WWE has booked Roman Reigns as its unbeatable heel champion for greater than two years, however the final objective of his unprecedented reign is to rework “The Head of the Desk” right into a fan favourite.
Based on a report from WrestlingNews.co, Reigns is anticipated to carry onto the Undisputed WWE Common Championship into 2023 in path to an eventual babyface flip: “WrestlingNews.co was informed by somebody aware of the artistic course of that nothing has modified and there are nonetheless no plans for him to lose the title this yr.” The positioning added, “When Reigns turned heel in 2020, the plan on the time was for him to be the champion when he finally wrestled The Rock and Vince McMahon wished Reigns to retain the title and the concept was, and nonetheless is, for Reigns to turn out to be a high babyface.”
WWE’s final objective is to have Reigns established as one of many biggest stars in firm historical past and “elevate him to the extent of somebody like Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino.” Since turning heel in late 2020, Reigns has been on one of the best run of his profession, and paradoxically sufficient, it was Reigns shifting to the darkish aspect that elevated him to his present place as professional wrestling’s clear No. 1 star and arguably its most revered and appreciated.
As has been the case with quite a few main names prior to now, Reigns badly wanted a profitable stint as an antagonist with a purpose to be actually considered a legendary star. The last word objective—and a necessity—with many all-time greats was to allow them to be hated earlier than they could possibly be beloved, and within the case of Reigns, this has labored out about in addition to anybody in WWE ever might have hoped.
The Wrestling Observer Publication’s Dave Meltzer (h/t Wrestling News) echoed WrestlingNews.co’s report. Based on Meltzer, there was a quite simple clarification as to why Reigns didn’t drop the Undisputed title to Drew McIntyre at this month’s Conflict on the Citadel pay-per-view in Wales, regardless of the hometown hero crowd pop McIntyre undoubtedly would have acquired had he ended Reigns’ historic two-plus-year reign: WWE desires to make Reigns “a legend for this era” and din’t wish to finish his reign for the sake of a one-off second.
The push of Reigns stays on the identical path, even with Triple H taking management of WWE’s artistic staff following the departure of Vince McMahon. Reigns, as soon as among the many most loathed babyfaces in WWE historical past, has established himself as a megastar throughout his memorable run at champ, and he’s just about in a category of his personal as WWE’s unquestioned high star. The large push has been nice for Reigns, nevertheless it has additionally offered an issue for WWE.
The corporate has been unable to determine babyfaces who’re close to Reigns’ stage by way of general efficiency, recognition and believability as WWE’s lone world champion. As a result of WWE determined to unify its high two titles at WrestleMania 38 earlier this yr, there was extra stress than ever on Reigns to ship as its most marketable and recognizable star, despite the fact that he’s transitioned to a part-time role.
WWE Uncooked viewership simply hit a two-year high, and despite the fact that Reigns is showing much less regularly on WWE programming than ever earlier than, the momentum WWE has gained with its Triple H-led reserving and Reigns on high will give the corporate little or no motive to take the title off Reigns anytime quickly. There actually shouldn’t be any rush to show him babyface, although, both.
Simply over the previous couple of weeks, WWE has added a couple of new wrinkles to Reigns’ storyline as the highest star in The Bloodline, due to the inclusion of Sami Zayn and the call-up of The Usos’ youthful brother Solo Sikoa. WWE can simply lengthen this angle properly into 2023, at which level a possible blockbuster match between Reigns and The Rock might headline WrestleMania 39 in SoFi Stadium.
From there—whether or not Reigns loses the title or not—WWE might e-book the downfall of Reigns and The Bloodline and achieve this in a means that finally results in Reigns changing into a babyface once more. Particularly with Reigns assuming a part-time function and marquee stars like John Cena, Triple H and so many different legends turn out to be extra appreciated and held in larger esteem the additional they’ve gotten away from being a full-time star, Reigns is on the perfect trajectory towards being considered because the revered legend WWE desires him to be.
And at a time when WWE’s “particular attraction” properly has run fairly dry, Reigns finally embracing the followers after an prolonged run as a heel is the very best path for him at this stage of his profession.