Roman Reigns proved himself as an excellent champion with great character work and in-ring skills. Reigns’ reinvention as heel truly showed just how good he can be both as an in-ring performer and character. It came after several years of being forced onto fans as a babyface.

Back in 2017, Roman Reigns was a top babyface, engaged in a high profile feud with John Cena. In the build-up to the feud, Roman Reigns and John Cena engaged in a promo battle that saw Reigns utterly demolished by Cena on the mic. At one instance Reigns even forgot his lines, a fact that Cena used to attack Reigns.

In contrast, the two had another promo battle on last week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown and Roman Reigns more than held his own this time around as he displayed far more confidence in his character.

While speaking to The New York Post, Roman Reigns talked about his 2017 promo battle with John Cena and how it was different in comparison to their latest one. Reigns claimed that he didn’t have his on-screen personality figured out in 2017.


“[I] was still trying to figure that stuff out, still living under the label of what WWE wanted me to be. And now with me turning that completely upside down, and doing what I feel is right and doing what I want to do, and what makes sense to me and what’s logical to me and showcasing the layers of the personality that I want to display”

Vince McMahon was also said to have loved how far John Cena and Roman Reigns took their segment on Friday Night Smackdown. It is certainly great to see just how much Roman Reigns has improved over the past year as we approach the WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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