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Column: Why Roman Reigns is about to become my new favorite wrestler

by Josh Givens

I remember how genuinely excited I was to watch wrestling during the “Summer of Punk.” I’m a sucker for a taste of something real in a “fake” universe. I also remember watching with bated breath, waiting and waiting for Dolph Ziggler to cash in his “Money in the Bank” briefcase. When he finally did I let out a scream I’m sure the neighbors heard.

You see the older I get the more I rely on “feeling.” I get it in my gut, I feel it deep down. I felt that genuine excitement with Punk and felt it again with Ziggler. I’m starting to get that feeling once again.

I’ll admit I was anxiously waiting a few years ago for the arrival of Dean Ambrose. I read about him on the internet, and watched him work in FCW with CM Punk. I knew he could cut an awesome promo and knew he had the in-ring skills to go along with it.

So when he finally showed up at Survivor Series with two other wrestlers I’d only ever heard about, I was excited, but also slightly let down. As these three men lifted Ryback over their heads and power bombed him through the announcers table, it felt like a King was born.

Since that night almost a year and a half ago Roman Reigns has been groomed to take over. He has the “look” that WWE wants. He has the pedigree and he has the ability. He moves graciously as a big man, and never looks lost. He already seems to command respect. He grabs my attention: when he comes into the ring I stop what I’m doing. He brings with him the Superman Punch; a move that I would normally think is lame, and makes it looks awesome. He even takes a move like the Spear, which has been done over and over, and in a way has recreated it. Beyond all his natural ability he has me in his corner, and before long he is going to have you.

Don’t tell me that at Royal Rumble after we all knew that Daniel Bryan wasn’t coming, that you weren’t just a little bit rooting for Roman Reigns.

Now that Punk is seemingly gone. Now that Ziggler has been pushed to the bottom of the ladder I’ve got to have someone to replace them. So I’m starting to get that “feeling” again. That feeling like something exciting is coming. I’m getting that feeling in my gut that Roman Reigns just might be the one.

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4 Responses

  1. T says:

    Don’t worry Reigns will end up like Ryback did.

    Reigns will be the #1 contender only to have Cena will beat him on RAW and Reigns will feud with Big Show as a result.

  2. pau l catallo says:

    You have to be able to do more than grunt, and make strange faces to be the man. This guy doesn’t have a clue in the ring; if these matches were not pre-planned, smoke would be pouring out of his ears. He’s awkward and wanders around in matches as though he is trying to remember his role, he’s duck-footed and has little charisma outside of said grunting facial manipulations. To sum up Roman Reigns…

    “Just another guy to feed to the Champ”

  3. cas says:

    I damn near agree word for word. from summer of punk to ziggler. my gut tells me Reigns has every potential to be the next gen cena. he has 5-6 power moves and you legitimately know its over after the superman punch. pounding the ground before it is a goosebump moment he’ll never lose.

    @pau clearly you are way too “smart” to be trolling this site

  4. Jen says:

    I really enjoy Reigns, he has some great moves, a presence, and real intensity.

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