WWE creative could have Roman Reigns drop down from the rafters and beat the shit out of a guy in a Hitler costume, and it still wouldn’t be able to get its fans in any way pumped about the Samoan Superman. Roman Reigns just isn’t liked by wrestling fans and there’s no better testament to that than this compilation of reactions to Reigns entering at number 30 at last weekend’s Royal Rumble match.
But 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Kurt Angle thinks he’s cracked the code as to why fans can’t stand Reigns. During an appearance on The Statement Show, Angle argued that maybe the WWE did too much, too soon when it came to Reigns.
“Roman Reigns is talented. I don’t care what anyone says. You can’t deny that the kid knows how to work. I believe what happened to him was that they didn’t have him go through the ringer. They didn’t have him win the European title, or I should say, the Intercontinental title, U.S. title, King Of The Ring [tournament]. They just threw him up there right away and the fans don’t like that. They want you to earn your keep. If any wrestler has ever done that, I don’t know of one. It seemed like they were really trying to push Roman faster than he should have been pushed. I think he will earn the respect of fans, but it’s going to take a little bit more time.”
“For Vince McMahon, it’s not a difficult choice. You keep Roman Reigns in the picture and you just continue to push him. And eventually, someday, it won’t be the half and half, 50 and 50 [where] 50 [percent of the crowd] like him and 50 don’t. Eventually, it’ll go up, 60, 70 percent.”
Whether he was a babyface or a heel during his time in the WWE, Angle was usually always able to elicit a strong reaction from fans, so the dude knows what he’s talking about.
Maybe Reigns should take a page out of the Olympic champ’s book and bring milk into the mix.