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John Morrison on fans' hatred towards Roman Reigns: "I don't think he deserves it anymore"

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Roman Reigns is almost universally hated by the WWE audience.

"The Big Dog" has received similar hatred to that of John Cena in recent years. The WWE Universe doesn't seem too fond of the company continuously pushing the former Shield frontman as the new face of the WWE. He is approaching his fourth World Title match with Brock Lesnar at this month's SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) in Brooklyn, New York. Many within the professional wrestling industry have come to Reigns' defense.

Add former WWE Superstar John Morrison to that list. The former Intercontinental Champion recently joined Hall Of Famer Jim Ross' podcast, The Ross Report, and offered his thoughts on Reigns. While Morrison will admit, perhaps, that some booing is warranted from fans towards a Superstar who was pushed to hard and fast, after all the work Reigns has done over the years, he doesn't deserve it anymore:

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"That's a tricky one and I feel like he was a victim of the 'John Cena Syndrome' a little bit." Morrison said. "And by that, I mean, when John started, he was pushed so hard, so fast, for so long, he was perceived as he didn't deserve it, originally. And now, he [has] grown into one of the greatest workers of all time, I believe.

"I'd say it's kind of the same for Roman. When he started, he was pushed really hard. Fans had an adverse reaction to that because he's standing in the ring across from, I don't know, AJ [Styles], or Sami Zayn, or Kevin Owens, or somebody that has been perceived to have fought their way up from the indies and scrapped and fought for everything they could get."

"But now he [has] been working on top for so long that he has grown into quite a hand in the ring, I believe. Also, my perspective from people that I talk to, is that he's pretty well liked in the locker room. And now he [has] got this stigma from all that and it has kind of become cool, I believe, for the fans to boo Roman or be bored by Roman. Yeah, right. And maybe he deserved that five years ago, but I don't think he deserves it anymore now. Now it's a situation where it's tough to deal with."

H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions