On a recent episode of the 'Stone Cold Podcast', professional wrestling legend and Attitude Era Star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin had nothing but high praise for current WWE Star Roman Reigns. Austin responded to fan hopes that Reigns would finally turn heel, after his Ambulance Match against Braun Strowman at WWE Great Balls of Fire, saying that Reigns was a "star in the making."
“I think he's got a great physique, a good looking guy, a pretty damn good worker. Storylines have been kind of on and off, hot and cold. Roman Reigns, in and of himself, I think he has ‘star’ written all over him. He has still got to find his way. He still has to climb his way up the ladder. He’s built to take the road. He’s always in shape. He doesn't get gassed out in his matches. There’s a lot to like about the guy, so when they came out as The Shield, those three guys, him, Seth (Rollins), and Dean Ambrose, when they came out as The Shield, they were really hot as heels. And all of a sudden, they split them up. And Roman, I don’t know, came out of that… All of those guys had to find their way and Vince kind of picked him to be the babyface and because of the response he was getting when he hit the ring. He really draws your attention. If they get his storylines straightened out, I think the kid’s going to be fine. I just think they need to keep running him like they’re running him. He’s doing good in the ring. I loved his matches with AJ (Styles, at Payback and Extreme Rules 2016).”
As for a full on heel turn, Austin commented that it's not a necessity for Reigns to turn that corner.
“I think you keep him on the road that he’s on and you don’t turn him heel just for the sake of turning him heel to make the fans happy because you’re not pushing him anymore because if you’re going to turn him heel, you’re going to push him even harder. Then, if you were tired of him to begin with because he was over-pushed to begin with, in your opinion, then you’re not going to like him as a heel either. So if he keeps going down the road in the fashion that he is, but then turns, in an organic fashion, heel, when the time is right, or just stays down the road, the kid is going to be just fine.” Austin added, “he still has things to learn in the ring. He still has to work at getting to the top level, but he’s a top guy, in my opinion.”
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