Happy Wyattversary everyone! Another Raw and another week where the former members of the Shield are killing it on their own.
“When Roman Reigns is in the house, damn right Cena sucks.”
Roman Reigns opened the program with perhaps his best solo in-ring promo to date before being interrupted by Kane and fisticuffs ensued. While detractors will point out he’s not one of the best in the game on the mic yet and compare him to guys like Wyatt, Punk, Jericho; Reigns handles himself with complete confidence and it helps cover for whatever may be lacking in witty material. He knows he’s a bad ass and he’s the hot star on the rise and it his confident delivery helps me overlook any perceived deficiencies.
I’ll preface this by saying I love the Ultimate Warrior. However, Warrior had limitations in the ring. WWE was able to take those limitations mould it into a energetic compelling character that was incredibly over. While Reigns is improving as a solo act and improving in the ring week by week, it’s clear his limitations (singles match experience) is being protected in multi-man matches and tag matches right now while his strengths, his charisma and “cool” character, lead the way. Much like the energetic character Warrior became, Reigns is cultivating an ultra-cool bad ass character that’s really getting over with the fans, grooming him into a superstar in the process.
Meanwhile the other Shield members are thriving in their own feud. Seth Rollins is playing a smarmy dick/Chosen One masterfully, toward the WWE Champion and even towards his allies Kane & Orton; and Dean Ambrose, like I stated last week, is turning into a red-hot babyface. He’s killing it on the mic, he’s killing it in-ring, and is hitting upon the right mix of sympathetic hero and psychopath. A wonderful blend of Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, Brian Pillman, and himself.
I will say, they do need to change up the formula for Ambrose breaking up Rollins’ cash-in attempts before it grows too stale, but right now I’m digging Ambrose’s maniacal quest to keep Rollins from his moment. If the champion were a bit more sympathetic a character (i.e. Bryan), Dean would be getting over HUGE for thwarting the evil Authority. But right now the future is looking very bright for the Hounds of Justice as solo acts.