Wade Keller, Senior Editor of PWTorch.com, was the guest on this week’s Steve Austin Show. Keller and Austin did a rundown of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and discussed the awesome triple threat match and the fan reaction when Daniel Bryan was eliminated from the Rumble match and the reaction they gave to Roman Reigns and why they reacted that way.
“Other than lasting (from the 19 spot), he didn’t really do a whole lot offensively. He took a nap. He gets in the corner and gets tied up with the guy and didn’t put any real body of work worth noting. So, you’re coasting.”
Austin talked about The Rock’s reaction after the Rumble match and the rub that WWE was trying to give Roman Reigns didn’t work.
Austin asked Keller what he thought WWE should do with Roman Reigns. Keller wasn’t so sure but admitted that he’s worried. He said that Reigns feels too corporate and too packaged and he needs to do more than just a few moves and needs to be positioned to earn the respect of the fans. Austin wondered if maybe they should do a double turn with Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Keller suggested that perhaps they could have Brock Lesnar turn on Paul Heyman or Heyman turn on Brock with Heyman aligning with Roman Reigns. Austin said that if they did that then he still needs to work on his move set and workrate.
Austin added, “If you’re talking about trying to earn the fans respect, you’re really starting in the hole because people feel like he’s being forced down their throats…He’s not ready. They’re looking at the body of work.” Austin added, “With the two other guys, three total in the Shield, he’s doing one-third of the work, come in and shine and get out. Now all the sudden you’ve got all of these gaps to fill in the blanks, and he hasn’t been able to fill in those blanks.”
Keller noted that he’s heard from people close to Roman Reigns is overly confident about his position in WWE.
Austin reacted to that by saying, “You can’t take [your spot in WWE] as a given. As soon as you think you’re entitled, you’re thinking it’s a given…no, bad things are gonna happen because it’s conveyed in your presentation. It’s like when Alabama took on Ohio State. Ohio State was number four, Alabama number one, and I think Alabama assumed they were supposed to win that game and they got the hell beat out of them because Ohio State went and punched them in the mouth. You can’t ever assume that everything’s just gonna happen because then you’ll get a hell of a wakeup call.”
Austin and Keller agreed that in a few years he’s likely to be ready to be the top guy but he’s not there yet and not ready to headline WrestleMania.
You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the player below. If you missed the Roman Reigns interview with Sam Roberts that was conducted two days before the Rumble, then check it out by clicking here. That should give you a clear picture of what Reigns thinks about the fan reaction and criticism of him in general.