Recently Chris Jericho spoke out about the Roman Reigns reaction problem in an interview and stated that if asked, people would not be able to give a reason as to why they boo Roman Reigns and that they do it because it has become the "cool thing to do". Now I'm not going to say that Chris Jericho is wrong because that would be ridiculous. Firstly he's been around the wrestling world for a long time and is a lot more knowledgeable on issues than most and secondly he's not actually wrong. There are many people out there who do unfortunately boo Roman Reigns because they feel like they should at this point. I'm not defending those people by any means, I am rather giving my opinion as to why some people, including myself, find the idea of cheering for Roman Reigns underwhelming.
I'll start with the majorly obvious one that most people jump towards when asked about this. The superhuman booking. It's an issue that dates back over the past ten years with the man that Reigns is supposedly being positioned to take over from, John Cena. People became bored of the fact that Cena would triumph in the face of adversity 99% of the time. Now we are at a point where Cena is starting to take a backseat to everyone else but the same problems are bleeding through with Reigns.
Take last nights go home RAW show before Survivor Series as an example. Reigns teamed with Universal champion Kevin Owens to take on Cesaro and Sheamus. With the Universal title being newly created you'd think that WWE would want the holder of the belt to look as dominant as possible, but the match ended with the large majority of the work being done by Reigns while he stands tall and the Universal Champ is on the ground in a heap. This may sound like nitpicking and maybe doing it for one match is, but you can look back over the past year and a half and you'll find dozens of similar examples, that's when it becomes more of a recurring theme.
The end of the night was the same. The final segment face off between RAW and SmackDown Live was excellent and very entertaining. The show ended with Roman Reigns standing tall, an all too familiar site amongst people. Clearly WWE wanted to get in the spot with Seth Rollins and Reigns power-bombing AJ Styles over the top rope which is fine because it looked great, but surely there is a way to get there without making three of the opposing team look weak with minimal effort. Again, you may see this as nitpicking but this has become an all too common occurrence.
And then there's the issue of "heel" Roman Reigns. I look to The Usos for this example. Earlier in the year the characters that are The Usos were stale and uninteresting so WWE made a change and turned them into these no nonsense bad guys we see right now. I saw many people say that if WWE turned them heel then people would start cheering them but that hasn't exactly happened has it? People boo them because they're the bad guys but appreciate the fact that they are now interesting characters. I imagine Roman Reigns would be like this just on a bigger scale.
There are so many people who have said that turning Roman Reigns heel would just result in people cheering him, but would it really? People are now so far into the idea that Roman Reigns is the company man that he is automatically viewed as the bad guy anyway, turning him into a bad guy would only give people legitimate reason to boo him along with added much needed logic to WWE programming (seriously the lack of logic in some of the TV right now is baffling)
I'm not saying Roman Reigns doesn't have fans because he does, he has a large following of devoted fans, but they aren't the people you're trying to get to cheer him. Chances are you could do whatever you want with the character and those people would continue to support him. The unconvinced are the people you need to get on your side.
Reigns is booked so strongly above everyone else that WWE is now struggling to create credible opponents for him. This isn't just an issue with him either it runs through RAW entirely. Charlotte has been booked incredibly dominantly, so much so that there is no one in the women's division who can stake a claim to challenge her anymore and the same goes for New Day. Bad guy Roman Reigns would open up more avenues for talent to stake their claim as a top guy on RAW, good or bad.
But what do you think? Do you dislike Roman Reigns? Why?