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With Roman Reigns recent suspension that will see him off WWE TV until just two days before his Triple Threat WWE Championship match at Battleground, fans have been speculating what we’ll see from Roman upon his return. It’s no secret that Reigns has had a difficult relationship with the WWE universe over the eighteen months and signs were before his enforced break that we may finally be seeing a darker, more heelish side to the former WWE Champion.

However, one man who is perhaps closer to the 31 year-old than most, WWE legend and second-cousin to Reigns, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson feels that the time isn’t right for Roman to make that turn.

Talking to The Kick Out Podcast hosted by friend of Gorilla Position and Radio 1xtra DJ Ace, alongside GP’s own Skillet, the star of new comedy Central Intelligence told the show he doesn’t feel Roman is ready to take on the heel role this early in his career.

“To be honest I don’t think the answer is Roman turning heel. When things aren’t working out as a babyface and it happened to me by the way when I was Rocky Maivia; those guys were unmercifully booing me – if Roman thinks he’s got it bad, for me it was bad when people literally want you to die, that’s bad, that’s a lot of heat. The kneejerk reaction seems to be to turn him heel, but it requires certain type of capacity, as a babyface who’s not working out with the fans, it takes a certain kind of capacity to be a heel. Because if you turn heel you become the ring general, your words have to be more effective and there’s a lot of different elements to it than just going ‘oh that’s turn him heel’. So I don’t think that’s the answer right now and he should keep being babyface and truck through the boos – like John Cena has done – then I think in a couple of years he could turn heel.

I was there at the Royal Rumble – and I was trying not to laugh! When I held his hand up and they were like boooo! I was laughing in the back and saying ‘these fans are real, and they want you to be real’ that’s it. But my advice for Roman then and still is today, is that you’ve got to keep on keeping on and that’s all you can do.”

With Roman Reigns recent suspension that will see him off WWE TV until just two days before his Triple Threat WWE Championship match at Battleground, fans have been speculating what we’ll see from Roman upon his return. It’s no secret that Reigns has had a difficult relationship with the WWE universe over the eighteen months and signs were before his enforced break that we may finally be seeing a darker, more heelish side to the former WWE Champion.

However, one man who is perhaps closer to the 31 year-old than most, WWE legend and second-cousin to Reigns, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson feels that the time isn’t right for Roman to make that turn.

Talking to The Kick Out Podcast hosted by friend of Gorilla Position and Radio 1xtra DJ Ace, alongside GP’s own Skillet, the star of new comedy Central Intelligence told the show he doesn’t feel Roman is ready to take on the heel role this early in his career.

“To be honest I don’t think the answer is Roman turning heel. When things aren’t working out as a babyface and it happened to me by the way when I was Rocky Maivia; those guys were unmercifully booing me – if Roman thinks he’s got it bad, for me it was bad when people literally want you to die, that’s bad, that’s a lot of heat. The kneejerk reaction seems to be to turn him heel, but it requires certain type of capacity, as a babyface who’s not working out with the fans, it takes a certain kind of capacity to be a heel. Because if you turn heel you become the ring general, your words have to be more effective and there’s a lot of different elements to it than just going ‘oh that’s turn him heel’. So I don’t think that’s the answer right now and he should keep being babyface and truck through the boos – like John Cena has done – then I think in a couple of years he could turn heel.

I was there at the Royal Rumble – and I was trying not to laugh! When I held his hand up and they were like boooo! I was laughing in the back and saying ‘these fans are real, and they want you to be real’ that’s it. But my advice for Roman then and still is today, is that you’ve got to keep on keeping on and that’s all you can do.”

 

WWE fans last saw The Rock at this year’s WrestleMania when he defeated Eric Rowan in a record setting six seconds, before teaming with John Cena to see off the rest of the Wyatt family. But what is it that makes this bona fide Hollywood megastar keep making returns to the WWE? The answer is easy for the eight-time WWE Champion.

“The people. I don’t have to do it for a pretty penny, I’m doing OK and it’s never about the money – it’s always about the fans. There’s not a movie I can do even if it’s $300-400 million movie, there’s no connection greater than what I can get with the people like I do in WWE and that’s why I keep going back. I don’t get that anywhere else.”
Hear more from The Rock, as Ace goes one-on-one with the ‘Great One’ and he talks about the new movie, why he’s so good on the mike and the possibility of ‘President’ Dwayne Johnson on the latest episode of The Kick Out.

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