Roman Reigns is not John Cena, and John Cena is not Roman Reigns.
But when you ponder, is Roman Reigns becoming the next John Cena?
We’ve seen it on Raw. Cena grabs the mic and asks other WWE superstars to step up, take the big spot, a spot he earned. Some fans say given.
Like Cena, Reigns is trying to earn it -- no matter what naysayers think -- and he has another mega WrestleMania match, his second consecutive WWE title match opportunity at a WrestleMania as the good guy.
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Reigns is working hard, but his ascension (not Konnor and Viktor) in the WWE ranks is receiving mixed reviews from fans.
Kids and women love Roman Reigns. Older male fans not so much.
The success Cena has parlayed from having a polarizing effect on fans could be the same type of direction/success in store for Reigns. That’s huge. Twelve times Cena hoisted WWE’s top prize, the most of anyone in WWE/WWF/WWWF history. (Fifteen if including the World title)
When Cena started to make a mark in WWE, he owned that bad boy, rapper gimmick, ala heel Marky Mark, also a Bostonian. You know him better today as actor/producer/businessman Mark Wahlberg.
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When Reigns began setting his feet into the WWE foundation, he owned that bad boy Shield gimmick along with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
Reigns, like Cena, eventually shifted to the good side, and now Reigns finds himself in those same big spots, while receiving those same split crowd reactions.
“Let’s Go Roman!” “Roman Sucks!”
Cena is more adept on mic, but it took some time. Reigns is still learning, finding his way with a microphone.
I think if Roman Reigns becomes the next John Cena, that’s great for him and the company.
Look at how Cena elicits fan reaction. Being booed or cheered is what matters, and this in-ring superstar captures both emotions. That’s like no other ... except maybe Reigns? Outside the ring, Cena is also a superstar, especially with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, putting smiles on many kids’ faces. Reigns is a big kid at heart and will have no problem doing that.
As for WWE, the company sweats experience. They do know what they’re doing, even if some fans think otherwise. They remain the top dog in the fight when talking pro wrestling/sports entertainment dollars. Don’t believe me. Look at WrestleMania Week.
Now, if this is the way to ‘cram’ Reigns into that Cena spot, I’m all for it, and if that does occur, who knows. Maybe then we can see a Cena turn...And just how would fans respond to that?
WrestleMania 33 Orlando: A Battle of Polarizing Proportions
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns?
Good, and I’ll have Paul’s choice, extra government cheese, please.
- WrestleMania 32
WWE’s WrestleMania 32 is 7 p.m. EST Sunday, April 3 on WWE Network from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, near Dallas.
Roman Reigns battles WWE World champ Triple H for the title.
- WWE Network
- WrestleMania 32 will be free for new WWE Network subscribers. WWE is using the #FreeWrestleMania hashtag to promote it.
- WWE WrestleMania Kickoff
USA Network will carry the WrestleMania 32 Kickoff Show at 6 p.m EST. It will include the Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) against the Usos (Jimmy and Jey) and Total Divas (Brie Bella, Paige, Natalya, Alicia Fox and Eva Marie) vs. B.A.D. & Blonde (Lana, Summer Rae, Naomi, Emma and Tamina).
- Pro Wrestling On The Web
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