The Roman Empire: Will Roman Begin his Reign at Wrestlemania 31?


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Is Roman's Reign upon us?

Wrestlemania 31 is two days away, and with the recent announcement of Brock Lesnar re-signing with the WWE, it seems all of the speculation is on what direction he will go with the company. Let's not forget the other half of the main event equation, that other half being the Samoan badass himself, Roman Reigns.

Is it perhaps time for him to grab that brass ring? Will he slay the "Beast Incarnate" and conquer the conqueror? Only time will tell, but don't be surprised if the upstart bests the grizzled veteran.

Some people buckle under pressure, while others thrive and eat it for breakfast. Roman Reigns has proven to be the latter so far. The 2015 Royal Rumble victor has much more on his back then typical pressure however. He has the opportunity to perhaps be the crown jewel of one of the most legendary families in all of professional wrestling.

Being the youngest son of WWE Hall of Famer "Sika" Anoa'i, one half of the "Wild Samoans," he has hefty shoes to fill. He is also cousins to the likes of Hall of Famer Yokozuna, and one of this years inductees, Rikishi. Perhaps the biggest star to come from his family, is none other than "The Great One" himself, The Rock.

One can look at all of that as a burden, but for someone with the determination and work ethic of Reigns, it's only motivation. With the strong bloodline of success in his corner, a victory this Sunday is within reach.

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Though the Pensacola, Florida native has only been on the WWE's main roster since 2012, he has been nothing short of dominant. In that time, he has not had an easy time in any sense. Bursting on the scene with his two brethren Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as the SHIELD, they were thrown into the deep end of the shark infested ocean that is the main event scene.

They took on trios of future hall of famers such as The Undertaker, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Kane, The Big Show etc. A;so, they remained undefeated for a long time. In just six months, he became a World Tag Team champion. Reigns went unpinned for a almost a year, and in probably his most impressive performance yet, he broke the all time record for eliminations in a single Royal Rumble match.

Reigns entered the Royal Rumble 2014 match at number 15 and eliminated 12 other superstars before being eliminated by that years winner, Batista, making Roman the runner-up. Then, he won the Royal Rumble this year, earning himself a title shot at Wrestlemania 31.

Which brings us to this Sunday. Many have overlooked the "Samoan Superman." Many have even talked him down, saying he doesn't deserve the spot he's in. Despite how blasphemous that those claims are, it doesn't keep the haters from hating. Ironically, just about everyone who is calling him overrated this year, are the same people who kept calling him most improved or even the best superstar of last year.

The fact of the matter is this, Roman Reigns has put down all he has gotten in his way for the last three years. He has been thrown into main event spots right away as a rookie, and has carried himself well. He has stolen the show many times. While many can argue that it's usually because of who he is in the ring with, the truth is that he has very seldom had a bad match. He has the look, he has the work rate, and when the writers don't make him read from a script and give him freedom, he actually isn't bad on the microphone. His promos do need work, but he is coming along.

If anything, his career has molded together perfectly.

The only issue really is that when he was injured, WWE kept Reigns on television every other week with the awfully forced "candid" interviews. They should have let him go away and heal without a peep. There's an old saying, "how can we miss you if you never go away?". In that sense, they dropped the ball with Reigns.

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However, he is more then ready to REIGN. He puts on four-star matches time in and time out and he has been paying dues for a lot longer than many think. He began in the WWE developmental system in 2010. He may not be as seasoned as others, but he is a homegrown product from the WWE Performance Center and he most certainly isn't some " Johnny come lately."

Is his time now? Tune is Sunday night to find out. Every dog has his day, and every beast can be slayed.

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