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  • Roman is criticised for being a terrible promo cutter and smarks say he should turn heel largely because he doesn't work as a face — but an even better reason that turning him heel would be a great idea is that Roman can honestly be a simply awesome heel when he gets the chance. Just check out this SAVAGE heel promo he cut during his time on NXT to see how good he could be. And people say this guy has no mic skills?
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  • Smarks can say what they want but Roman's match against Daniel Bryan at Fastlane 2015 was an incredible match by both competitors. In fact, this was, almost universally, considered one of the only good matches of the night (alongside Rusev/Cena). Considering how big of a Base-Breaking Character Roman is, this says a lot...
  • Raw, 02/03/2015, Seth Rollins thought he could screw Roman Reigns out of a victory (with Orton's help to enable a cheated rollup) and get away with it unscathed. Beasting out, Roman charged after the celebrating Authority and dove over the top rope to slam down atop J&J Security, Kane and Rollins (Reigns weighs 265 pounds!), immediately beat the hell out of Big Show, turned only to hurl Rollins into the barrier, spear Kane, get in the ring, Superman punch Big Show (and then follow it up with a Spear) and then intercepting Rollins (who dove from the top rope to try and catch Reigns unaware) with a mid-air Spear! Rollins' head clearly whiplashed on that one, leaving Reigns atop the battered bodies of The Authority. One against all, indeed.
  • His match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 was a hell of a match. For everyone that thought that Roman didn't belong, he proved wholeheartedly that he does, by surviving the onslaught from the Beast Incarnate, and even making Lesnar BLEED. TWICE! Too bad Seth Rollins had other plans…
    • If Reigns showed nothing else, he showed an ability to take ungodly amounts of punishment. As if the numerous trips to, as Lesnar himself puts it, "Suplex City" wasn't bad enough, Reigns tanked THREE F-5s and still had some fight left. Neither John Cena nor The Undertaker managed that.
  • He and The Big Show had a great Last Man Stand Man Standing Match at Extreme Rules. After a hellacious fight that saw some sick spots including Roman getting chokeslammed through two tables, Roman stood tall amidst the carnage by spearing Big Show through the Announce Table and then flipping the table onto him.
    • It says quite a lot in that out of the first four PPV's of 2015, Roman was in the best singles match in three of them.
  • August 6, 2015: Becoming the third man to deliver a clean victory over Rusev, behind only John Cena and Cesaro.
  • His feud with Bray Wyatt is shaping up to be his Growing the Beard moment and seems to have ingnited a spark in Roman. The one-on-one match they had to close out the September 28 edition of Raw ended in an all-out brawl which only concluded when Roman speared Bray through the announcers' table. The crowd promptly lost it.
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  • Not only winning his first Hell in a Cell match with Bray Wyatt, but his and Bray's spectacular performance in the match reignited the flame in their increasingly lukewarm feud. The crowd marking out for nearly the whole duration didn't hurt matters either. If WWE is still trying to push Reigns as the next big Superstar, this was definitely a step in the right direction.
  • TLC 2015: After getting screwed out of the world title again, this time by the League of Nations, Roman snapped and laid waste to the entire stable with a chair. When officials and The Authority came out to calm him down, Roman used this opportunity to beat the holy hell out of Triple H. The beatdown included several chair shots, a power bomb onto the Spanish Announcers Table, and punctuated with an elbow right through it. All while Reigns was proclaiming that he knew he was getting fired and that he didn't care. Even the smarks who hated Reigns liked it, and the Boston crowd, which had been shitting all over the main event (to the point of chanting for NXT, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Seth Rollins, and even John Cena), started up a "Thank You Roman!" chant. For once, WWE managed to do something right and got the fans to care about their chosen guy! They finally seem to get that the fans don't want to hear him talk or watch him "overcome the odds" — they want to see him beat people up, especially people that they don't like!
  • The following episode of RAW. Stephanie is of course furious about Roman attacking her husband. Reigns interrupts her promo. She calls him a disgrace, and Roman fires back, telling her that she and her entire family is a disgrace. She responds by slapping the piss out of him several times (and they were real slaps too since his face was red and a bit puffy afterwards.) She then says that she won't fire him because Trips told her not to, but instead Vince McMahon himself would be doing the honors.

    Then Vince McMahon calls out Reigns and demands an apology. Roman, who didn't even bring a mic with him, silently shakes his head no. Vince tells him to get on his hands and knees. He again shakes his head no. Vince then insinuates that he might beat an apology out of him if he were younger. Reigns snatches the mic away from Vince and goads him into doing it, telling him (paraphrased): "You used to talk about having those big grapefruits, but now they're old, shriveled up prunes". Before the two can fight. Sheamus intervenes on Vince's behalf and says that he'll give a match to Reigns for the title later on Raw. Vince agrees to set the match... under the condition that Reigns will be fired if he loses. And to add injury to insult, Vince offers to shake Roman's hand, before kicking him in the nuts.

    Reigns looked incredibly strong, was busted open the hard way and managed to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship despite interference from Rusev, Del Rio and Vince, all of whom received a Superman Punch for their efforts (Oh yeah, he gave a Superman Punch to Vince McMahon, at a time where fans would like nothing more than to see Vince get beat up.) The Philadelphia fans, who just 11 months earlier were booing him out of the building, cheered him on the entire night and popped loudly when he won.
    • TLDR: WWE have finally figured out that Reigns works best as an aggressive, anti-authority badass, he won the world title ON RAW and was cheered by the most unforgiving wrestling fans on the planet. Too bad creative screwed it up later on.

  • January 18, 2016 episode of Raw: Reigns spears Brock Lesnar as the latter was about to enter the ring during Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel, laying the Beast down flat. Then the League of Nations butts in and attacks both him and Lesnar. Lesnar gets his second wind and suplexes the League of Nations out of the way. After this, Reigns hits Lesnar with yet another spear laying down Lesnar again.
  • March 14, 2016: After having his nose broken by Triple H and being benched for almost a month, Reigns finally gets some sweet revenge on him after he went through a grueling match with Dolph Ziggler. When his music hits, H waits for him to come out the stands like he usually does, but he comes through the main entrance. He then proceeds to lay waste to Triple H in the most vicious and uncharacteristic beatdown that one-ups the previous one he delivered to him at TLC with a stony and unchanging expression. The fight drags backstage, with Reigns shoving away referees and security and pelting trashcans and TV screens at H. In the end, it takes the combined efforts of Mark Henry, Jack Swagger and Roman's cousins The Usos to talk him down.
  • His matches with AJ Styles at Payback and Extreme Rules 2016 were amazing. Whatever you might say about Reigns' ability or lack thereof, it's clear that he and AJ have *ahem* phenomenal chemistry. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was especially high on their Payback match, praising it as the best WWE match he'd seen in years.
  • The August 15, 2016 edition of Raw put him in probably one of the most toughest main event matches in his WWE career. After he slightly ruined Rusev and Lana's wedding (By Superman Punching Rusev into Lana, who was splattered with their wedding cake), Mick Foley set up a match between him and Rusev, who desperately wanted this match to defend his wife's honor. So, how this match is the most toughest? While getting interviewed before said main event match, Reigns was attacked from behind by Rusev and as a result of an nasty beatdown that followed, one of his arms was 50% dinged but he still decided to fight in the match. And in said match, he took an assortment of beatings that was draining the life out of him. From more than one chairless headshots (ironically still half-nearing the number of steel chair headshots Mick Foley himself got from The Rock at Royal Rumble 1999), risk getting his other arm damaged by the steel steeps or almost fall victim to Rusev's sleeper hold. And Reigns managed to kick out like a mere six times, when it seemed Rusev had him down for good. And despite he was fighting with an bad arm and his stamina was beyond drained, Reigns still magaged to perform his signature moves and eventually win the match. If Roman Reigns was to ever win over his recurring Hatedom, this match did the most convincing.
  • At Clash of Champions 2016, Roman became the first member of his family to hold the United States championship. While reaction was mixed, but by no means universally negative, it's still undeniably awesome that he's managed to accomplish something that no one else in his bloodline has.
  • Raw, October 10, 2016. After an opening segment that involved him, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and Rusev and Lana (which also doubled as a Moment of Awesome for both female wrestlers), the four wrestlers were put into a mixed tag team match pitting champions vs. challengers. It ended with Charlotte tapping out to the Banks Statement and Roman spearing Rusev to keep him from breaking the submission hold — LEAPING OVER THE WOMEN to do so.
  • Five words: "This is my yard now." Said in front of what could be considered the most hostile crowd in Professional Wrestling history.
    • As for how hostile? Between the chants of "Roman sucks!" (both normally, duelling with "Un-der-taker!" and to the cadence of the "New Day Rocks!" chant), "Fuck you, Roman!", "Go away!" among many others and the crowd erupting into rampant booing whenever he lifted the microphone towards even the zip code in which his mouth was located, the official Youtube video of Roman's post-Wrestlemania speech on WWE's channel was cut down to a shade over three minutes. From somewhere closer to fifteen.
    • At one point, Roman gestures to his open hand and clearly mouths out 'Right in the palm of my hand', which sets the crowd off even worse. While this will, naturally, be an Idiot Ball of epic proportions if the booking attempts to maintain Reigns' face push after this promo, if it is in fact a signal of a long awaited heel turn then it may well be one of the greatest in the century plus history of professional wrestling.note 
  • The 2017 Payback Pay-Per-View. Even despite getting utterly decimated by Braun Strowman, left coughing up blood and obviously suffering from internal injuries, Roman Reigns obstinately refuses to be taken out on a stretcher, remembering full well what happened the last time he was trapped on a stretcher and left helpless. He walks to the back on his own, manages to evade another attempted Strowman cheap shot, and even gets a few shots in on Strowman with an ambulance door, forcing him to retreat.
  • November 20th, 2017, fresh off a victory with the Shield, Roman defeated The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. That's right, Roman Reigns is a Grand Slam champion. Not only that, but for the first time in close to a year, the audience mostly cheered a high-profile Reigns victory, which might be an even more impressive accomplishment than the win itself.
  • November 27, 2017. Roman did it again, defending his title from the benighted Elias to booming applause and proving that his good reception the previous week might actually be a feature, rather than a bug.
  • February 26, 2018. Coming off a victory at the Elimination Chamber the previous night, Roman finally got the chance to gear up for his long-fated showdown with Brock Lesnar. To that end, he cut an absolutely scathing promo against the reigning Universal Champion, railing on Lesnar's part-time contract and well-known lack of respect for the WWE roster. Not only did the spot turn that night's crowd in Roman's favor, it immediately had a good majority of the WWE Universe proclaiming it to be the best promo in Roman's career.
  • Wrestlemania 34. While he did lose badly to Lesnar, Reigns kicked out of FIVE F5s, including one through an announce table. To put this in context, in the Summerslam 2014 squash Cena only kicked out of one F5, while Undertaker kicked out of two F5s at Mania.
  • It's official. After 3 years of build up and losing two rematches, Roman finally defeated Brock Lesnar at Summerslam 2018 to capture the Universal Championship. And defended the title the very next night on Raw, having an excellent match with Finn Bálor (who has been waiting for his rematch for 2 years) and staving off a Braun Strowman Money in the Bank cash-in by teaming up with his Shield teammates Rollins and Ambrose.
  • When Reigns had to relinquish the championship due to his leukemia troubles, he spoke with poise and grace when addressing the fans and vowing that he would whoop leukemia's ass and come home. In this speech he proved without trying that he was not only capable of playing an honest babyface with a genuine struggle to overcome, but that this was in fact the reality he's lived for over a decade. Not only did everyone sympathize with Joe Anoa'i for his terrible ordeal and extend prayers and well-wishes for him to overcome his disease, many of his detractors saw, perhaps for the first time, that the real person was something far removed from the smug, dull, above-it-all, invincible corporate model he'd been booked and portrayed as for most of his singles career. Many actually hope this sets the tone for his eventual return run and that he's able to retain the genuine love of the majority through both his performance and any influence he might have on his booking and character presentation.
  • Apparently not satisfied with Defeating the Undefeatable once in Brock Lesnar, Roman did one better as of the 2/25/19 edition of Raw: beating cancer's ass, just like he promised. Four words — "I'm in remission, y'all." — and a massive celebratory pop that is truly something to marvel. Welcome back, Big Dog.

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