The 2015 Royal Rumble was the event that changed fans perception on Roman Reigns. Reigns came into the WWE as the muscle to one of the most popular factions in wrestling history the Shield. Along with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, the trio dominated the WWE and the group made an organic change from heel to face. When the trio separated, it seemed clear that the WWE brass wanted Roman Reigns to be the face of the company just like Hulk Hogan and John Cena.
Yet the moment that was supposed to give Reigns the road to the main event at WrestleMania became clouded in controversy. The reason being when Reigns entered the Royal Rumble the Philadelphia crowd booed Reigns unmercifully. Since the 2015 Royal Rumble when Reigns hit the ring for a promo or a match the crowd has a mix reaction with parts of the crowd booing Reigns and part of the crowd cheering Reigns. All the major moments of Reigns career such as Reigns winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title the crowd was voicing their displeasure with Reigns. This reaction has been occurring for over two years and it is finally time to give the WWE Universe what they want which is a Roman Reigns heel turn and this is how.
The first step is to have Reigns defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania 33. While many fans will not like the sound of this the Undertaker is a legend and Undertaker’s legacy is firmly cemented in WWE history. The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania has already ended and a loss at Mania will not damage the Undertaker’s legacy. Reigns victory should also be clean, just like Brock Lesnar’s victory, over the Undertaker at WrestleMania. That clean win would help elevate Reigns character to another level and it will be to the individual fan to decide if he or she loves or loathes Reigns.
While the crowd will be insanely upset to the point Reigns is receiving nuclear heat after his clean victory over the Undertaker all the hatred and venom for the last two-plus years would be directed at Reigns at the biggest event of the year. Many members of the WWE universe will be upset because in their opinion Reigns is not worthy of defeating the Undertaker. And those that are disgusted at Reigns will loudly voice their opinion
To add heat Reigns cousin the Rock should celebrate with Reigns in the ring. Rock being Reign’s cousin should come out and raise Reign’s hand in victory and while posing to the crowd Reigns should attack the Rock. The Rock is one of the most beloved figures in WWE history and by defeating the Undertaker at WrestleMania and then attacking the Rock moments later can turn the most controversial figures in WWE history to the most hated wrestler in the history of the wrestling industry.