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Roman Reigns is one of the most divisive and talked about WWE performers in history. The company makes desperate play after desperate play to make him their number one star – with limited success. How do they do it? What do they do?
I’m Tom Colohue and this is the Monday Night Reigns-o-Meter.
Monday Night Reigns-o-Meter
Monday Night Raw tried something slightly different last night. Every match had an angle to close it. Every finish had meaning. Every moment in that first hour was punctuated by the roar of a Braun Strowman-filled with chocolate cake. There were surprise wins, fake injuries, the return of a championship winning maneuver. And as the night grew darker, colder, and more full of terrors, then there was Roman.
The appearance of our hero, champion of our hearts, destructive force unparalleled, was quite brief this time. That said, it was far from devoid of odds. There were many odds.
With a potential main event coming next week, though he may of course be massively overshadowed by the reappearance of the man he retired at mania, Roman spent time beating up the odds, beating down the odds, and briefly stealing clothes from the odds and spearing its right hand man.
Next week will be interesting, of course. With so many old names returning, including Chris Jericho despite the whole New Japan thing, we’re going to see a lot of people that Roman apparently had his crowning moment against.
WrestleMania 31 against Brock Lesnar was supposed to be the moment that the Roman Empire took over the world. Brock’s probably going to be there.
WrestleMania 32 against Triple H was supposed to be the crowning glory, the greatest achievement of his life, the end of all the doubt and the trials. Triple H will definitely be there. I mean, the guy works there; you can’t be rid of him.
WrestleMania 33 against The Undertaker was supposed to be the ultimate Reigns victory, taking on a stalwart, a champion, a true legend of the industry. He retired the Deadman, the last true immortal, the almost indestructible, unstoppable behemoth that very nearly got jobbed out to Shane O’ Mac that one time but didn’t.
He’ll be main eventing. Makes sense; he main evented the first one. Well done on retiring him, eh Roman? Top job. I mean, he’s only rumoured to be coming back to fight John Cena for some reason.
But of course, despite his great victories, his Roman Empire flowing strong, and his fandom ever stronger, Roman warmed up for his true moment of greatest glory against The Miz next week by lining up against top talent in Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel; true greats, true legends, true heroes.
The Miz kind of got beat up too. Everybody got beat up. It’s Roman. Roman does the beating. That’s his thing.
Short appearance for Roman; short Reigns-o-Meter. You know the rules. Rest assured that next week, when Roman begins his long road to his moment of greatest triumph against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 34, it’s going to be huge.
Not Braun Strowman huge though. Strowmometer next year?
– The Miz
– Bo Dallas
– Curtis Axel
Did Roman Reigns beat the odds?
Do you even have to ask? Reignsyboy all day.
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