Rapturous boos for a man who is poised to become the company's biggest star is not exactly how things were planned on the road to WrestleMania. Eerily familiar to the run-up to last year's showpiece event in California, WWE fans were enraged: Roman Reigns becoming WWE Champion on the biggest night of the year simply doesn't work.
With WWE fans reluctant to back him, is WrestleMania 32 on the verge of a catastrophe?
But here we are, once again, with the Grandest Stage of Them All just a matter of weeks away and, yet again, the Samoan's face is plastered over all the promotional content as he reserves a place in the main event for the second straight time. Unfortunately for some fans this year, the insurance policy of Seth Rollins' Money in the Bank briefcase is not present.
That of course means the disdain felt towards the former Shield member is going to be ramped up a notch when the pageantry of WrestleMania rolls in to the Lone Star State. Just at a time where it was truly believed that fans' voices matter and can change the course of action, it's back to square one - the same athlete who they attempted to budge off the top last time is there again.
Vince McMahon's persistence will be at an incredible strain when matched up against the relentless WWE Universe - perhaps they won't ever let the Powerhouse catch a break. If they do, it will take a lot of adjustment on the part of the creative team and powers at be.
Predictability and WWE don't go hand-in-hand at this moment - a real shame when you see just what it can throw up like the eccentric Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Shane McMahon. With the progressive transparency of the ins-and-outs of the creative procedures, most fans aware of the industry saw Roman Reigns' rise coming from a mile away - perhaps there and then his fate was sealed.
Being able to see exactly what pans out can be tiring. Part of the reason they watch the brand is to be entertained rather than see a simulation of things they have read on the web. Who's fault that is could be pinned on either case; the jury's out on that one. However, it's been made clear that in this current time, a "babyface" Reigns will not float the boat.
Further exercising the good old wrestling terminology, a "heel turn" wouldn't really add up in the current journey being taken towards the event. Triple H is on course to face him and unless the whole company spontaneously combusts into thin air, a new direction needs to be taken quickly.
Just imagine how much worse it could get with 90,000 - maybe even 100,000 fans watching on. WrestleMania 32 should be the biggest and best WrestleMania of all time, but on the current course it could come down to being an absolute catastrophe. Believe that.