WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross commented on the company’s continued push of RAW superstar Roman Reigns, despite an overwhelmingly negative reaction during an interview with PopCulture.com. Ross told the website that he views Reigns as a “star” and thinks WWE should “steer the course” with his current character.
“Well, I think you just got to continue to allow him to be pretty good. You know, whenever the time is opportune. He is better than pretty good and a good kid, real good kid. Very committed. ”
“There’s nothing you say on TV, there’s no pillow vignettes, let’s change his music, let’s change his hair color, let’s change his outfit. You know, let’s change for change’s sake. Let’s change not knowing the selection, but just change for change sake. Because well, it might work. It might not. Steer the course and not be so wrapped up in getting him accepted as a fan favorite or a villain. I accept him as a star. And that’s what Roman Reigns is, he’s a star.”
Reigns defeated John Cena clean at WWE No Mercy in a match that centered around both superstars being considered as the “top guy” in WWE, with the veteran Cena passing the torch to the younger self-proclaimed “Big Dog.”
Reigns has been pushed as a top babyface character throughout his singles run since The Shield disbanded in 2014. But with the group expected to reunite leading up to Survivor Series, it seems like yet another desperate tactic for WWE to get fans behind the former World Champion.
The company has yet to allow the negative crowd reaction to turn Reigns’ character into a full blown heel, rather subtly acknowledges the booing at times.