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  • Absolutely anything involving him and his daughter. Cutest rendition of 'I'm a Little Teapot' EVER.
  • Reigns's protectiveness of his two brothers in The Shield could often come off as this, particularly in the moments where he checked on his teammates after winning matches. Particular examples include the aftermath of the two Shield vs. Evolution six-man tag team matches at Extreme Rules and Payback in 2014. The one at Extreme Rules involved him pinning Batista in the ring, then going all the way into the crowd area where Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose had been fighting Randy Orton and Triple H, helping up both Rollins and Ambrose and supporting them to the cheers of the crowd. The one at Payback was an even greater example—despite having been subjected to some of the worst beatings during that match, including at one point having all three members of Evolution taking turns with kendo sticks on his bare back prior to the clean sweep of eliminations, Reigns's immediate reaction after winning the match for his team was to crawl over to check on Rollins and Ambrose as they were all laying still in the middle of the ring.
    • The ending of Royal Rumble 2015, independent from the fans' reaction, had a nice moment where, Big Show and Kane banded together to systematically eliminate several wrestlers, leaving the two in the ring with Reigns and Dean Ambrose as the apparent final four participants. Ambrose and Reigns glanced at each other, at the Authority's two biggest goons, agreed with no words whatsoever to get Show and Kane out of the ring first and then presumably see who was the better man between them, gave one another a Headbutt of Love, and then charged. Seconds later, Ambrose had been eliminated, but Big Show had also tried to pull a fast one by throwing Kane over. Ambrose and Reigns trusted each other fully, Kane and Big Show did not, and because of that, Roman Reigns is going to main event Wrestlemania. Hounds Of Justice, forever.
      • Doubly heartwarming if you remember how things went down before in the Rumble the year before where Ambrose had attempted to throw Reigns out when his back was turned resulting in his own elimination. The above instance shows the growth and development of their characters and their relationship with each other.
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    • At Payback 2015, during the fatal 4 way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Ambrose and Reigns had incapacitated Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and the match's enforcer Kane, leaving it to just them. The two stared each other down and agreed that no matter who won the title, it wouldn't come in the way of their friendship with Reigns saying "Loser buys the beers".
    • Survivor Series 2015, when Reigns and Ambrose had to face each other for the World Heavyweight Championship, with Reigns winning the championship after a long, brutal fight. Many people were expecting a heel turn, but instead, Ambrose comes up from behind him, then Reigns crouches down to hug Ambrose, celebrating his win together, and showing the world that they really are True Companions.
  • The December 14, 2015 edition of Raw. Eleven months earlier, Philadelphia booed both Roman Reigns and The Rock out of the building after he won the 2015 Royal Rumble. Now, they couldn't cheer loud enough when Reigns finally won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for real. After having to endure terrible booking and being shat on by the fans for things out of his control, all while working hard to improve as a performer and desperately trying to prove that he really did belong at the top, even his most vocal critics will admit that they were happy for him. It was a long, hard journey, and Reigns finally made it. What made it even better was that it was his daughter's birthday. To win the most important title in the industry, be embraced by the smarkiest crowd in the US, on the anniversary of the birth of the most important person in your life? Lots of feels right there.
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  • After Roman won the championship and Raw went off the air, the Usos and Dean Ambrose celebrated with him.
  • This exchange of tweets after the above event, especially in light of all the characters - and their performers - had gone through with each other in the last couple of years. It's clear at this point that the preference of both guys is for Seth to get healthy and have the match(es) they likely would have had if Seth hadn't gotten injured.
  • One for Joe Anoa'i. When Joe's older brother Matt Anoa'i, who previously wrestled for WWE as Rosey, died on April 17, 2017 at the age of 47, some people on Twitter said they wished Joe should've died instead and the wrong brother died (similar to the "wrong Guerrero died" comments Vickie got during her heel run). Fortunately for Joe, many people, including a lot of people who hate the Roman Reigns character, tweeted their support for Joe and the rest of the Anoa'i family, and called out the people who wished that Joe should've been the one who died.
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  • November 20, 2017. Roman wins the Intercontinental Championship becomes a Grand Slam champion to the tune of an actual cheering crowd.
  • November 27, 2017. Cue the Flying Pigs again as the newly-crowned IC champion Roman Reigns, possibly one of the most hated men in wrestling through 2016 and 2017, received heartfelt "YOU DESERVE IT!" and "WE WANT ROMAN!" chants from the Raw crowd.
  • The January 1, 2018 Raw had Roman facing Samoa Joe (the guy who put Roman's brother Dean Ambrose on the shelf for 9 months in a match where Roman could not get disqualified (i.e. beating Joe within an inch of his life) or he would lose the Intercontinental Title. Roman pulls out the victory, faces the hard camera, and yells "that was for you, Deano!".
  • Crossed with Tear Jerker, this photo of Roman reconnecting with Gregory Helms backstage at the Royal Rumble is a rare glimpse at a bond between two wrestlers who never actually worked at the same place at the same time. The look on Joe's face shows that he knows both of them lost a brother when Matt died.
  • Another one crossed with Tear Jerker, when on October 22, 2018, he had to relinquish the Universal Title Belt because his leukemia came back. He speaks as Joe about how when it came the first time he was 22, had no home, no job (he was cut from the football team he was playing for) and had a baby on the way. It was the WWE that helped him; though he's had a tumultuous relationship with the fans and has occasionally butted heads with them over their opinions, during this speech he declares that neither his Broken Base status nor the X-Pac Heat mattered in the long run and that in the end, he's just glad people do respond to him. The crowd actually cheers for him and he leaves the ring embracing Dean and Seth. Seth's also visibly crying as they do the Shield gesture one last time for the camera.
    • The video of him getting hugged in turn by everyone once he makes his way backstage, starting with Triple H in full A Father to His Men mode, then Shawn Michaels, Paul Heyman, cousin Nia Jax, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, and then a group hug with Sasha Banks, Bayley, Natalya, the Bellas, Bobby Lashley, and Apollo Crews and finally; from Titus O'Neil, who Reigns calls his mentor when it comes to charity. Through it all, Roman is an awe-inspiring picture of grace and composure, bravely smiling despite the grim battle awaiting him.
    • The sheer outpouring of public support ever since his announcement, both from the wrestling fraternity as well as from fans and even other promotions such as Impact Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Just about every post from a fellow wrestler or a company makes it abundantly clear that Joe is extremely well-liked and respected backstage and they're all rooting for him in the biggest fight of his life.
  • Another crossed over with Tear Jerker, but his return on Monday Night Raw on February 25, 2019, announcing his leukemia was in remission and he was back to wrestling. Hearing people just cheering for his return, no matter how much they hated him, the outpouring of love and support for the man is amazing.
  • At the Shield's Last Chapter show, Roman hears some of the crowd chanting "thank you Ambrose", hypes up the entire crowd to do the chant, then makes Dean listen to it, telling him "they love you man, they just love you".
  • On a meta level, after years of enduring toxic levels of fan vitriol as a forced baby-face, Roman returns from his absence due to COVID-19 at the 2020 Summer Slam, dominates Braun Strowman and The Fiend to win the Universal Title with PAUL HEYMAN at his side, and cements a full heel turn for the first time in 6 years... And does so to massive fanfare and approval. With many seeing his new run as a career renaissance.
  • During a backstage segment, we see Roman talking to Apollo Crews, presumably asked for some advice. Roman, knee-deep into his Tribal Chief form, actually takes the time to talk with Apollo. When Paul Heyman comes in with a contract that Roman asked for for a match stipulation, Apollo gets up to respectfully leave, but Roman stops him and tells him he can stay and could learn from this.
  • In early 2021, reports came out that Damian Priest had been earmarked for a SmackDown debut angle as Kevin Owens's best friend during Owens's feud against Roman Reigns and Jey Uso, only for the idea to be nixed when Owens asked why Priest would be his best friend and Reigns agreed with him. Dave Meltzer subtly interpreted it as Reigns holding back an up-and-comer's push, with every dirt sheet website and YouTube newsman who relies on blatant clickbait to get views spinning it as such in their titles. Two or three years earlier, fans would've eaten this up uncritically and dogpiled against Reigns. Instead, they bit back against the narrative and defended Reigns, agreeing almost to a man that he and Owens both did Priest a favor by keeping him out of an angle he had no place in which would've had him lose his first feud.
    • As an addendum to this: when Priest debuted a few weeks later anyway at the Royal Rumble and joined the Raw brand, he was established as a friend of the reggaeton trap star Bad Bunny in a feud against The Miz and John Morrison. The alliance with Bad Bunny tapped into Damian's Latino roots, facing down Miz and Morrison's comedic heel antics allowed him to look strong out the gate, and the unifying character theme of celebrity and fame involving all four men fit his infamous gimmick much better. Immediately teaming with Owens in a losing feud against The Bloodline would've held NONE of these benefits for Priest. They were right to keep him out of their feud and the fans knew it—and in very short order, history would prove it.
  • Edge became the most beloved babyface in wrestling the moment he came back at the 2020 Royal Rumble. One year later, he won the 2021 Rumble match and now has a chance to reclaim the top of the mountain, having never lost his last world title in a match, with Roman Reigns having been Universal Champion since the end of the summer and seeming like the prime target for Edge to go after at WrestleMania. Here's how the discussion surrounding Edge's choice in the immediate fallout from the Rumble is going: Either Edge should go after Drew McIntyre's WWE Championship because his comeback story and Reigns's dominance have no business intersecting prior to either man maximizing their goals, or Edge vs. Reigns with the stories they have and the storytelling ability they possess in the ring and on the mic is a dream match with stakes, exactly the type of main event WrestleMania should have. Most of the people in these discussions once wanted the Shield-remnant version of Reigns to be removed from television one way or the other. Now they're part of a discussion with two schools of thought clashing, both of which fully recognize Roman as the reignsing, defending, undisputed top man in the industry.
  • On the April 9th edition of Smackdown, the go-home show for Wrestlemania 37, Jey Uso went on to win the Andre the Giant Battle Royale, as he's celebrating, Roman Reigns comes out to cut a promo on his main event on Sunday, but not before he congratulates his cousin on his victory. Given how hard Roman is to Jey throughout his Universal championship reign, seeing him genuinely patting his cousin on the back is sweet.


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