Did Cena ever turn heel? Now imagine compounding that with an older, more stubborn Vince. Until the day he steps down the chance feels like pretty much zero.
He will never step down. The guy is such a workaholic and control freak that he'll never retire, he'll die during a house show in a small town and in his dying words he'll order that the show must continue.
The only way I see Reigns turning heel is if someone surpasses him as the top babyface.
I doubt it. They feel that as long as he's getting a reaction from a paying crowd, they don't care. They can easily tell their commentators to push a narrative that he's "controversial" like they did with Cena. In any case, they not only don't know how to write heels and faces anymore, I think they genuinely believe that the audience doesn't care about characters and storylines anymore, but just attend WWE events for the spectacle and don't give a shit why these wrestlers are wrestling, as long as they get to see suicide dives and superman punches.
Nope. He will turn. He's not like Cena where he's never acting heel or playing heel in his matches. He does do that, they're just too stubborn to turn him.
Agreed. He'll turn. We'll all love him, and he'll reinvent himself just like The Usos did.
I bet they have his new badass heel music on a harddrive somewhere ready to be used.
It won't be nearly as powerful as it would have been Post-Mania after beating the Undertaker, sadly, as he could have been THE heel in the company, but it'll happen.
That's what is the funniest to me. It irks people so much that they haven't turned him yet. But if they turned him after retiring Taker, he's now a heel who is going to get more positive reactions. Which is the inverse of the same dynamic! Fans will never hate him as much as they do when he's pushed as a top face, and they'll never cheer him as much as they give him shit. So why quell his heat in order to conform to a heel/face structure that effectively died in the 90's?
Just let him be a face that everybody hates. I don't get why so many people get caught up on it. But as long as they do, I kinda wanna see WWE just keep going with it.
Of course they must be aware of how a heel turn saved Rocks career, revitalized Bret's, pulled Hogan back from the brink of hasbeen into another stellar run, hell even Miz saved his career by turning heel (and if he ever does turn face again this brilliant heel work means his potential next face run will be more warmly received than the Ric Flair jr debacle that was last time). Edge, Orton, Punk, Rollins ect all stayed relevant by turning just in time, Reigns should have turned during the Cena feud but its not too late, I expect him to turn a few months after winning the title at WM.
Cena is an abnormally, I'm sure they wanted to pull the trigger at many points and if they had done so it would have worked well but the PR stuff particularly with the troops and make a wish stayed their hand which is understandable. Cena is too good at that stuff to let him go.