WWE Raw’s Plan To Get Roman Reigns Cheered Vs. Jinder Mahal Is Already Backfiring
May 15, 2018 - WWE
WWE Raw officials consider carrying Roman Reigns argument with Jinder Mahal will get him over with a crowd, and male oh man, are they in for a bold awakening.
According to a Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer (h/t Ringside News), Mahal vs. Reigns is radically a deputy argument for “The Big Dog” after he was originally approaching to face Brock Lesnar during Money in a Bank on Jun 17. With Lesnar no longer set to combat during Money in a Bank, WWE switched gears and is relocating brazen with a argument between Reigns and “The Modern Day Maharaja,” branch a calamity of many fans into a oppressive existence in a process.
The proof behind carrying Reigns argument with Mahal is simple: It is WWE’s latest try to still a disapprove birds for Reigns, and an roughly comically bad one during that.
As Meltzer also forked out on Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), WWE is attempting to replicate a same storyline we saw with Daniel Bryan in 2013 and 2014 when Bryan had to overcome The Authority, a.k.a. WWE management, attempting to reason him behind and forestall him from reaching a tip of a WWE mountain:
They’re perplexing to tell a story and we can’t trust it given they’ve been perplexing for a integrate of months, though they’re still perplexing to tell a story that [Roman Reigns] is Daniel Bryan and government is screwing him over and that’s because he’s not a champion. But nobody buys it.
And it’s already backfiring.
Fan vitriol and insurgency of Reigns is during an all-time high, though Raw’s viewership is attack a new low. Viewers have been tuning out in droves given WrestleMania 34, and fan restlessness with a pull of Reigns reached a hot indicate during Backlash when fans were so argument adult with a fact that Reigns was main-eventing (and winning) instead of AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura that there was a mass exodus from a building while a compare was still going on. The following night’s Raw was a least watched part of 2018, too.
WWE’s solution? Pair Reigns with Mahal, a heel who is despised in most a same approach Reigns is.
There is a skinny line between legitimate heel feverishness and “go away” heat, and Mahal toes that line some-more than any of WWE’s other villains. The ubiquitous accord is that Mahal’s six-month categorical eventuality run on SmackDown didn’t work out, and a justification says it wasn’t a business-boosting pierce in India (or in a US) like WWE wanted it to be. Mahal might be excellent as a midcard heel, though he’s widely noticed as zero some-more than that, and fan displeasure with his WWE pretension power was eerily identical to a ill will fans are feeling toward Reigns right now.
That’s what creates it such a baffling artistic preference for WWE to consider a Mahal vs. Reigns argument is anything though a disaster watchful to happen, generally given that Money in a Bank will take place in front of a, well, antipathetic Chicago crowd.