After starting in the arena, the two would end up taking their brawl backstage. In the back, Reigns would extract his revenge on HHH, hitting him with several objects, including a garbage can and a TV monitor. The COO would end up bleeding profusely, and the intensity of their match at WrestleMania increased dramatically.
The only problem? The educated Pittsburgh crowd didn’t care one bit. A chorus of boos erupted in the arena when Reigns’ music hit, and continued for the whole segment, as they were uninterested for most of it.
This is nothing new for Reigns and for WWE. In every “smart” town that Reigns goes to, he is booed out of the building.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that Reigns is a terrific worker, and is worthy of a main event spot at WrestleMania. He has a good look, is fantastic in the ring, and when given the proper opportunity, knows how to cut a scathingly good promo.
For some reason, however, he is not connecting with the crowd. And no matter how talented, or complete of a worker a wrestler is, if they don’t get over the with the WWE Universe, then it just doesn’t matter. It doesn’t create good television, and could cause the fans to be uninterested in the product that is being given.
WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of professional wrestling. And if Roman Reigns faces Triple H one-on-one, the most diehard and educated crowd of the year will not have any interest in this match whatsoever. They will boo the hell of Reigns, and will cheer for “The Game.” This is the complete opposite of what WWE is trying to accomplish with this match.
The bottom line is that WWE cannot have the crowd be indifferent in the main event of the “Granddaddy Of Them All.”
Therefore, in my opinion, WWE has no choice but to change their main event somehow.
At this point, I only see two options. Either someone needs to be added to this match, or two matches need to be combined to form one “super match” that could create several booking possibilities.
You could have Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar join the main event, after Ambrose gripes about having almost defeated Triple H at “Roadblock.” Paul Heyman could then come out and say that Lesnar has just as much of a right to win the title, as he is the conqueror, and the most dominant athlete in WWE. Which is absolutely correct.
I don’t know if this is the best option, and it may be too late to change the main event without it making any sense. But I do know one thing.
Unless something is done, or a stipulation is added, the crowd in Dallas is going to hijack the main event of WWE’s biggest show of the year.
And that is definitely not best for business.