On November 27, 1995, I turned on the TV to watch WWF Action Zone and expected it to be just another episode of recaps and squash matches. You can imagine my surprise when the entire show revolved around the shocking news that the night before at Madison Square Garden, Diesel pinned Bob Backlund in 8 seconds to become the new WWF Champion.
“Huh” was my first reaction followed by “Really?” as I found myself disillusioned with this turn of events. Back then, I bought anything Vince McMahon was selling, however, something about this transaction felt hollow. In the end, Diesel never showed the fans why he was worthy of his instant push into the limelight and was the least profitable champion of all time.
Take that, founding father of the highly successful nWo!
There is a lot of talk in the wrestling world about Roman Reigns these days. Is he ready to be “the guy” in WWE? I feel he needs more time to mature as a performer. Plus, he hasn’t had that one hot angle to distinguish himself.
I wrote an article for WhatCulture.com about the possibility of Reigns becoming the champion and beyond. Click here to check out 5 Ways Roman May Reign WWE
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I certainly remember that the crowds did not want the Rock as IC champion, but when he won it in that ladder match from Triple H, the people were with him and things went from there. So there’s a level of patience involved. Forcing Roman into the top spot probably won’t work long term. I do think fans will get behind him once they see him in some good matches and showing he can be in the top spot. Like Cena, Reigns will need good workers to oppose him because I don’t think he can lead matches like Daniel Bryan or CM Punk can.