ByJosh Molina, writer at
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Josh Molina

Dear Roman Reigns,

It's time to stop the insanity. It's time to turn heel.

: The End of the Line was another disaster, another PPV that ended dismally.

You've heard the boos from the crowds. You've heard the criticisms from the media. You've heard the whispers in the locker room.

At this point, you could stop the meteorite from destroying the Earth with your bare hands and you would still get booed.

Only you have the power to make a change.

If you don't go to now and tell him that you demand that your character perform an about face, you are going to lose a lot more than your potential. You are going to destroy the long-term viability of your career.

You have two options: Turn heel or walk out. It's the only way. Have some self-dignity.

For more than two years, ever since The Shield broke up, the WWE and reportedly McMahon, has been incessantly pushing you as the next . Apparently, you sell a lot of T-Shirts. It's true that you are blessed with good looks and you are from a family of wrestlers (With your father being Sika from the Wild Samoans, how can you miss the mark so badly?). McMahon has always envisioned you as a mega cross-over superstar.

There's a major problem, though. WWE fans are smart. They don't like cheering for guys who have not paid their dues first. They don't like being told how to cheer and who to cheer for. WWE fans cheer guys like AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar, Shinsuke Nakamaura, Samoa Joe and even Seth Rollins.

These are some of the chants fans make when you are in the ring:

  • "You Can't Wrestle"
  • "Roman's Sleeping"
  • "Boring!"
  • "Roman Sucks!"

It's embarrassing.

Fans cheer wrestlers they respect, who have risen from low spots on the card to the top, and earned their spots from their in-ring ability, skills on the microphone and work rate. No one deserves to be handed a spot as the main event champion without earning it. That's the major reason you get booed. You could break Ric Flair's record of world championships and you would still get booed because you have not earned your spot.

You wouldn't be the first guy to take a stand and fight for your character:

  • Alberto Del Rio
  • Cody Rhodes
  • CM Punk
  • Ryback

All four of these wrestlers decided that they didn't like their push and walked out. It wasn't a rash decision. They all tried to work with the character McMahon gave them, but then the decided it wasn't worth it.

Del Rio and CM Punk probably left millions of dollars on the table by leaving the WWE. Ryback also walked away from major bank. Rhodes probably walked away from a job for life because he was Dusty Rhodes' son. They have all walked away from fame and fortune to take jobs where they could look at themselves in the mirror.

Sure, none of those guys will probably ever headline Wrestlemania, but they will be able to earn a good living and take solace in knowing they that they did not sell out.

For you, Reigns, there's no doubt that the decision would be much more difficult. You are probably earning a lot more than those other four guys. You are already in the main event. It would take a special person to take a stand against Vince McMahon -- to say "take me out of the main events and let me be a bad guy." But that's what you need to do.

Look what it did for Hulk Hogan's career.

The irony here is that if you were to turn heel, you would be cheered over night. The fans would LOVE you and buy more T-shirts than the WWE could produce.

You would be the best heel in the business -- hated and loved at the same time, instead of just hated, like you are now.

You must be getting tired of getting booed, despite your push. It is only going to get worse.

Go to McMahon and demand a dramatic change in your character. You have to take a stand, for the good of yourself, for the audience, and ultimately the good of the .


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