Roman Reigns was showered in boos by fans to open WWE RAW after WrestleMania, but then delivered the perfect statement and promo to top it off
Roman Reigns retired The Undertaker at WWE WrestleMania 33. Perhaps that’s an oversimplification of the matter, but it’s what it boils down to. In a battle over who’s “yard” WWE now is, The Big Dog and The Deadman did battle in the main event of the biggest show of the year. It took a multitude of Spears and along battle, but Reigns was victorious.
After Reigns was booed in victory and then got his moment to celebrate, things took a more somber turn. Undertaker was showered in chants of “Thank you, Taker” while in the ring. He then took off his gloves, coat and hat and left them in a neat pile in the ring. All this seemed to signify the end of his illustrious career spanning nearly three decades.
Considering that fans weren’t too fond of Roman Reigns to begin with, you can imagine that they were a bit upset with him after essentially retiring a legend. That feeling was definitely solidified to open WWE RAW after WrestleMania in Orlando on Monday.
The show opened with chants in praise of Taker, but then Reigns’ music hit. As he came out, he just stood in the ring as he was pelted with one hateful and negative chant after another. This went on for almost 10 minutes. Then, when it died down briefly, Reigns had very little to say—but it was also absolutely perfect:
For some time now, it appears that WWE has flirted with the notion of Reigns being a heel. Whether or not this is a full turn is hard to say. But that was definitely steering into the hate if I’ve ever seen it.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see where WWE goes with Roman Reigns from here. However, it’s clear from this brief statement/promo that they aren’t afraid to embrace the negative reaction to him from the crowd.