There is a false narrative going around that Roman Reigns isn't "over" yet since so many fans are passionate in their disdain for him.
This couldn't be further from the truth as it is his uniquely polarizing nature that has led him to become WWE's biggest full-time star.
Reigns accounted for 58 percent of WWE's top-ten YouTube viewership last year. He has main evented the past two WrestleManias and could be in position to join the elite club of WWE Superstars who have done so three years in a row.
But as he prepares for arguably his biggest WrestleMania yet, WWE has a chance to give Reigns its most definitive stamp of approval yet if he earns an elusive victory over The Undertaker.
There is a certain tone to this feud that has set up Reigns to be acknowledged as the leader of the New Era. The unofficial tagline of Reigns vs. Undertaker is "who's yard is this?"
The theme of Reigns' feud with Undertaker is much different from his storylines of WrestleManias past.
Against Brock Lesnar, who was being booked as perhaps the most dominant WWE Superstar of the modern era, the narrative was whether or not Reigns could survive against such a specimen at WrestleMania 31. Against Triple H, at WrestleMania 32, the deck was stacked against Reigns as his feud against The Authority took the tone of one vs. all.
WWE Part-time Stars vs. Full-time Stars at WrestleMania—Last Five Years
Event Part-time Star Full-time Star Winner
WrestleMania 28 The Rock John Cena The Rock
WrestleMania 28 Chris Jericho CM Punk CM Punk
WrestleMania 29 Chris Jericho Fandango Fandango
WrestleMania 29 The Undertaker CM Punk The Undertaker
WrestleMania 29 The Rock John Cena John Cena
WrestleMania 30 Triple H Daniel Bryan Daniel Bryan
WrestleMania 30 The New Age Outlaws The Shield The Shield
WrestleMania 30 Batista Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton Daniel Bryan
WrestleMania 31 The Undertaker Bray Wyatt The Undertaker
WrestleMania 31 Brock Lesnar Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins Seth Rollins
WrestleMania 32 Brock Lesnar Dean Ambrose Brock Lesnar
WrestleMani 32 Chris Jericho AJ Styles Chris Jericho
WrestleMania 32 The Rock Erick Rowan The Rock
WrestleMania 32 Triple H Roman Reigns Roman Reigns
Total Wins 6 8
This time around, it's one against one.
The proverbial lease of WWE's yard is at stake. If Reigns loses, that yard still belongs to The Undertaker, and Reigns' growth would be tremendously stunted. If Reigns wins, that squared circle his yard. He's supplants The Undertaker, and will be well on his way to supplanting John Cena.