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Booking Roman Reigns until Summerslam
They WILL push Roman to the moon when he comes back, it's inevitable. Also inevitable is the fact that the bigger his push becomes the more people that will turn on him, even if his work improves a lot. Obviously, booking Reigns' rise to the top has to be done very carefully to make sure the backlash against him doesn't reach Batista or even John Cena levels. A lot of that has to do with character work but I think the most important thing is to put him in the right situations with the right opponents.
This is how I think some things will turn out and what I would do, booking wise, to try to make sure the audience doesn't turn on him:
- Unless something catastrophic happens, Reigns will win the Royal Rumble. He'll probably be pushed heavily going into the PPV and even though WWE will try to pretend as if other people have a shot at it (Cena, Rollins, Rusev, Ryback) nobody will buy it. I expect Cena to lose at TLC, leading to an Orton/Lesnar match for the title. Roman will be OK here because although Reigns is being pushed down our throats at least it's someone new and fresh who we haven't seen for a long time and not Cena again. Reigns should eliminate Rusev to win the Rumble.
- WWE will need to pair Reigns with strong, easy to dislike heels to make sure his opponent doesn't overshadow him. After the Rumble, Reigns' path becomes very clear so he doesn't need to get involved in a big intricate feud just yet, all he needs is a good heel to beat up while he waits for Brock Lesnar. Beginning a feud with Rollins right from the get go would be a bad idea since Rollins is much better than Reigns is overall and he will get the "smark" support in this matchup without a doubt. Rusev is another option but I think Rusev should be left intact going into Wrestlemania, for reasons I will explain later on. Considering all of this, I think Roman should wrestle either the Big Show or Kane in this PPV and have a dominant, quick and clear win where he gets to do some power moves to impress the fans. This match should not last longer than 3 or 4 minutes. Basically a glorified squash match to keep Reigns looking like a destroyer and a legitimate menace to Lesnar, who is also being protected and presented as super dominant.
- If WWE wants to make Reigns look like a beast there's no better way than to make him the guy who finally beats Lesnar. I'm sure a lot of people will be against this match, either because the in-ring action will leave a lot to be desired or because Reigns is not ready yet. Well, those things are both probably true but I think it's highly unlikely that WWE doesn't go ahead with this match. I'm pretty sure Lesnar won't sign a new contract either so there won't be any reason for fans to wish a Lesnar victory here. Heyman should use his verbal talents to portray Roman as the next big star and since Heyman is so easy to hate it'll be a good way to keep the audience's support on Reigns' side. There's definitely the danger of Heyman trying to put himself over, like he did with Cesaro, and getting the "smart" crowd on his side but if WWE is careful that will be easy to avoid.
The other important part of Wrestlemania, in my opinion, is Rusev's match. Rusev should be kept as strong as possible to become the biggest heel in the company after Wrestlemania. I think the perfect way to do that is to keep Rusev's undefeated record intact until Wrestlemania and then put him in a match with america's hero John Cena. Build this match as Cena's quest to end the big "russian" reign of terror with Cena being extra corny and patriotic, which is saying something. Obviously nobody in their right mind would think that Rusev had any chance to win this match considering Cena is the untouchable golden boy. Well, Cena should job this year since he didn't do it to Wyatt last year. If Rusev wins this match (and it doesn't need to be clean, he should win because of Lana's interference, beating him up with the flag, his medal or something) then he becomes a very credible contender immediately.
- Lesnar is gone for good so no time for rematches. Rusev is the new number 1 contender due to his victory over Cena at Wrestlemania. He's been unstoppable for months and months and nobody has been able to pin him or submit him yet, plus it's WWE title vs undefeated streak, an easy match to sell. The extreme rules stipulation would work to their advantage, allowing them to have a more exciting match than they would have had it been regular rules and it also eliminates the possibility of a lame DQ or count-out. WWE must assure the fans there will be a clean finish so in the end Rusev is pinned for the first time, effectively positioning Reigns above Cena in a kayfabe perspective, for the first time in almost a decade.
- Rusev/Reigns rematch, in a cage this time. A cage match is the perfect type of match for two big brawlers to go at it. This should be a relatively long and also brutal match. Blood would be perfect here but that's wishful thinking. At the end of the match Reigns can barely stand and Rollins' music hits. He comes out while the cage is removed and cashes in the MITB contract. This match should last around 3 or 4 minutes with the story being that Reigns is trying his hardest but Rollins is just too good for him in that condition. Rollins becomes the champion for two reasons: to allow Reigns to show weakness (the biggest of all of Cena's flaws) and to give him a break from the title, seeing as how the champion can get stale really quickly if he beats every opponent. It's better to be safe than sorry so his first title reign shouldn't be long enough to give the audience enough time to turn on him.
MONEY IN THE BANK
- Rollins vs Reigns match. Reigns loses with some sort of interference or shady finish, leading to a rematch.
- Rollins vs Reigns in a ladder match, twenty years after the legendary HBK/Hall ladder match, in which Reigns becomes champion again.
What do you think?
MY FAVOURITE WRESTLERS
Men: BO DALLAS, KEVIN OWENS, SAMI ZAYN, SETH ROLLINS, ADRIAN NEVILLE, RUSEV, SCOTT DAWSON, ZACK RYDER, KOFI KINGSTON, LUKE HARPER
Women: EMMA, LANA, BAILEY, AJ, PAIGE, ALICIA FOX
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