Asking JAMES ELLSWORTH for Wrestling Advice
Join Date: Jul 2016
Re: Lack of effort from Roman Reigns
Oh, he has improved leaps and bounds in the past year or so IMO. Not only has he sorted out his character to be much more aligned to his strengths, it has also helped him come across as much more convincing on the mic as well.
Let's dissect the mic skills part a bit here since I feel that's the only attribute which has been stopping him from becoming a truly elite level talent. They can keep changing his theme, attire etc etc later which are much less relevant issues atm, his character is more or less near to where it should be as a face/tweener as far as I'm concerned. Coming to the mic. skills part - I believe there are two different aspects to judge them. First is the case of a back and forth dialogue segments and the second is of delivering monologues. In the former Reigns has consistently shown himself to be up to the task in the past year or so. Some instances that immediately come to mind are:
1) The Rusev-Lana wedding segment.
2) His Highlight Reel segment with Jeri-KO, RAW - 11/28/2016.
3) The Shield segment before MITB.
4) Opening segment which Stephanie McMahon, a day after TLC 2015.
.. among a few others. Reigns performance in these segments was more than serviceable, on instances it was even bordering on good, especially considering that there were instances where he was in conversation with much much more acclaimed mic workers like Owens and Jericho.
Coming to the second aspect of delivering monologues, I agree that he looks woefully clueless while delivering them and probably lets nervousness take over most of the time. That's one aspect that he certainly needs to improve on. A main-eventer able to consistently cut 10-15 minute engrossing promos has their worth in gold on the show. It's by far the hardest thing to achieve in professional wrestling, not surprisingly.. since public speaking is a separate career in itself, just goes to show how difficult it is to achieve that level of expertise in that regard and being a speaker and debater myself, I have nothing but immense respect for the guys like Wyatt who consistently deliver incredible promos with utmost confidence day in and day out. But on the other hand it goes on to show that Wyatt is indeed an incredibly special performer since I just can't name any other new generation performer to have the capability to deliver 15 minute monologues as consistently and as competently as he does.
Reigns would do himself a world of good if he's somehow able to up his game on the mic as far as commanding an entire segment by himself goes, it would definitely propel him to be one of the better main event performers on the show to go with his incredible presence, aura and very competent character.
Last edited by AoEC_; 02-17-2017 at 11:31 AM.