Roman Reigns split from The Shield back in 2014, a faction that lead to his pro wrestling superstardom. Since then, he has become one of the most polarizing figures in WWE history.
Although he always had fantastic matches, in my opinion, the general WWE audience was determined to boo him and tell him he couldn’t wrestle. This rocky relationship started when he won the Royal Rumble in 2015, and that sour taste for whatever reason never left the mouths of the WWE Universe.
Fast forward to 2018, and after several failed attempts Reigns was finally able to beat Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam to claim the Universal Championship. We had all gotten used to Roman as being the centre point of WWE and accepted that he would be for a long time. Then we turned on the October 22, 2018 edition of Monday Night Raw and that all came to a screeching halt. We did not see Roman Reigns that night we saw Joe Anoa’i, the man behind the character, as he shockingly announced that he has been battling Leukemia for 11 years and it had come back.
He relinquished the title and we didn’t know when or if we would see the “Big Dog” compete again. Wrestling fans across the globe, regardless of whether they were fans of Roman, pulled together and there was an overwhelming amount of support that was beautiful to see. Now that I’ve recapped the story, let’s talk about the February 25th, 2019 edition of Raw.
On a fantastic (and action packed) episode, Reigns opened the show to give us all an update on his battle. Now to me this seemed like they gave him a mic and told him to take as long as he needed, because this was a heartfelt promo. He started it out by telling the fans he missed them, and thanks them for their blessings, support and prayers. You could tell he genuinely meant it, and was getting choked up when the fans started chanting “this is your yard.” Then about 15 minutes into this promo, he asks if we want the update, which the crowd responded with a resounding “yes” chant. He talks about how he said he would swing for the fences in this fight, and says he hit a home run.
Then he says, “I’m in remission y’all,” and let me tell you when I say the crowd erupted, the cheers were so loud it was a beautiful moment to witness. He then informs us that the, “Big Dog is back!”
So, what does this mean 40 days from the biggest event of the year?
Sitting here writing this article, I’m really not sure. Seth Rollins is in the second biggest match on the card and set to face off against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Dean Ambrose is leaving the WWE (maybe), so what does Roman Reigns do? He has been the main event at WrestleMania in the past and I think one without his presence would be weird. I think he will certainly have a match.
At the end of the show in his return to Raw, Roman and Seth saved Dean from an attack by Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre. With Seth busy in his match, I think we will see one of two scenarios, Roman and Dean (if he sticks around) in a tag match vs two of those three, or in a bit of a fantasy scenario with a matchup of Reigns vs McIntyre that has the potential to be a fantastic match.
I don’t think they’ll put him in a title match straight away, because he’s been away since October and needs a couple matches to get back into the swing of things. If they decide against putting Reigns in a WrestleMania match (which I find unlikely), I think Seth beats Brock for the title then Dean and Roman will come out and have a curtain call of sorts. It would be a Mania moment for the ages.
Regardless of what Roman does it is amazing to see him back and he is easily the top babyface in the company right now.
Welcome back, “Big Dog!”