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Sam Roberts on Roman Reigns – What Before Wrestlemania…and what AFTER

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In the State of Wrestling section of this week’s Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, Sam broke down why he’d have a Shield triple threat before Wrestlemania, and why post-Wrestlemania could be very interesting

Roman Reigns, Leading to Wrestlemania, Post No Mercy

“I don’t think that John is done, but what I do think is that a story is being told about Roman Reigns.

The story is that he is either being given or taking the torch, however you want to see it, I think more people see it as him being given the torch but the story will probably be told that he is taking the torch, but either way it’s kind of regardless. You have the John Cena moment coupled with the Undertaker moment, it seems like they are building this Roman Reigns story to eventually lead up to him being the guy to beat Brock Lesnar. He retires The Undertaker, quote on quote, he retires John Cena quote on quote, I don’t know what he is going to do between now and March, I hope he doesn’t retire The Miz because Miz is amazing…

…I wouldn’t mind, maybe it would be kind of poetic, maybe at the Royal Rumble to do a Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns triple threat match? You don’t even need to do this big feud, you could just have Seth Rollins say “I’m the guy, I am the Architect, I built the Shield” and Ambrose saying “Let’s go back to when the Shield first started, who did the fans say would be the man in that group?” Then Roman Reigns could simply say that it is his hard yard, what shall we do about it and maybe that is your moment, maybe he has the approval from The Undertaker and he has got the approval from John Cena, maybe Ambrose and Rollins need to say that. Because I don’t know if there is another guy to pass a torch because I don’t know any other guys that are ready to retire. Chris Jericho is already passed that in the sense that he’s here, gone, here gone so I don’t know who else would pass a torch but that is a moment…

…I think the pit in people’s stomachs at the end of No Mercy was that as cool as the PPV was on paper, this still leads to a Brock Lesnar/Roman Reigns match at WrestleMania. People started to get wind that might be happening as early as a couple of days after last year, and you come out of this and you are kind of in the same place as we were, we are still on that road. Now, for me I am not getting too hung up on that because the idea of Roman Reigns being very successful kind of is what it is and I’m not mad about it. Because it’s long term, it’s at least poetic, if unnecessary I like the build for Roman Reigns right now, I like the idea and it’s at least a story I can sink my teeth into.”

Roman Reigns after Wrestlemania 34

“Now, the reason there is a lot of pessimism, I think, is that nobody is looking past WrestleMania. We have this thing that looks like from WrestleMania 33-34 is all about cementing Roman Reigns is the guy, and you have a couple of things that happen… John Cena doesn’t actually get booed, John Cena’s boos are not real boos, Roman Reigns right now are real boos but at one-point John Cena was getting booed out of the building but now he is getting the we love you boos.  So, we could, over the course of years see Roman Reigns move into the position of getting we love you boos, and they are okay. What else could happen, is after WrestleMania, who knows what this place looks like. I don’t see a scenario where Braun Strowman is not a Universal Champion and I don’t really see a scenario where Braun Strowman isn’t a good guy. I would not be the least bit surprised if Strowman is this guy that nobody saw coming, I would not be surprised if Braun Strowman ends up being this guy that goes, you know what, we are never not going to treat Roman like the man, but Strowman could be our guy. I could easily see going into WWE post WrestleMania, after Roman Reigns gets truly crowned the man, because that is what we are on the road too, when he is champion and has taken his place at the top of the mountain. Once that happens, heavy is the head my friend, he’s got to maintain the position in that throne as the man, and that is the moment we find out if this Roman experiment has worked. We are building towards a world when not only is he champion but nobody is above him, it’s a scary spot to be in but that is the story that is being built right now…

…the experiment may very well work. But, if it doesn’t work then, you’ve got amazing people who could be taking that spot, you have Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, that’s when we find out. I am hooked, I like it and Its real life because it is here real life and storytelling mix and I think we will see next week when Braun Strowman faces Seth Rollins, I think on some level Seth Rollins knows, he is a smart guy and he knows Strowman is a very important piece of the puzzle in shaping what WWE looks like in a post Undertaker and John Cena world. So, what is he going to do? He’s going to show up, Seth Rollins is going to try to have the best Braun Strowman match that anybody has ever had…

…Something that I think people should give some kind of credence to is that, everyone is in agreement that Strowman is much better now than he was when he first started. But if you remember WrestleMania 32 the rumor was it would be Strowman vs Undertaker and people were like No, god no! But now, everybody would be losing their minds because Strowman has gotten so much better. Now how does one get better? Practice that’s generally what makes perfect right, and your dance partner is important. Who has Braun Strowman been working with night after night on the live events on PPV, who has he been having matches with whilst his skill has increased, the answer is Roman Reigns. There is something to that, I’m not giving him full credit but we do have to acknowledge it, and it is a fact.”

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