Roman’s push still his to lose
The plan over 2014 for WWE has been to have Brock Lesnar, as a megaheel, plow through the WWE roster until Wrestlemania 31, when he’d finally be de-throned by Roman Reigns. This would lead to Reigns becoming the defacto #1 babyface in the WWE and the face of the company, finally replacing John Cena at the tippy top.
Many things have happened between when that plan went into action and the present, including Reigns missing a large block of time due to a hernia operation. Despite the setbacks, there is still a strong indication that Reigns is on pace to win the 2015 Royal Rumble and then go on to Wrestlemania 31 to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
There is a lot of skepticism in the industry whether Reigns is ready for that push. He’s said to be weak on promos and not able to hold his own in a lengthly promo segment to start Raw. Reigns is also somewhat limited in the ring, able to do well in short bursts, but exposed in longer WWE-style main events like Ryback has been.
However, there aren’t that many options in WWE, with the main other option being Dean Ambrose. Despite strong fan support, Ambrose has been basically jobbed out since the Shield breakup,
Ambrose got a boost when his hoodie was the top selling item over Black Friday, but neither Dean nor Reigns is doing super strong merchandise sales numbers overall. So for now, it’s still Reigns’ spot to lose
Tags: dean ambrose, Roman Reigns, WrestleMania 31, WWE
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter