For years WWE tried to push Roman Reigns as a babyface, but the push didn’t go over all that well with the wrestling community as Roman’s babyface character was rejected by the fans.
Last year WWE finally decided to pull the trigger on a heel turn, and Roman Reigns has been embracing his Tribal Chief character ever since. Roman’s heel turn has received a lot of of positive feedback from wrestling fans, and CM Punk recently shared his thoughts on Roman’s current run.
During an appearance on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast, CM Punk talked about The Tribal Chief’s recent work, and he pointed out that WWE finally seems to be doing right by Roman.
“I think a lot of times the best stuff, you’ve also kind of just gotta go with the flow with it,” Punk said. “I’ll use Roman Reigns as an example, because if we’re talking about good stuff, if the WWE does anything good, I mean, this is the one thing that they’re doing right right now, right? Is Roman Reigns. His character work, his in-ring stuff. It’s all great but I feel like, classic WWE, they’re always five years, 10 years late. This is something that they should’ve done originally, because they tried so hard to get this guy over as a babyface and they gave him X amount of ‘Mania main events. Like, ‘This is the guy, this is the guy, this is the guy,’ and he never really had his moments until now.”
The former WWE Champion went on to praise Roman Reigns by saying that he’s “far and away the best guy they have,” right now.
“Maybe he needed that adversity and that backlash to finally be this guy, but this is the one thing they’re doing right because what can you say bad about what Roman Reigns is doing right now?” Punk added. “He’s far and away the best guy they have. When you talk about storylines, in-ring work, and all that stuff, right now he’s the total package. For the first time in his career, and I’m not being mean to Roman Reigns, I just feel like he’s finally where they pushed him to be. It just took a minute, you know what I mean?”
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