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Eric Bischoff talks how a Roman Reigns heel turn would be received by fans now

Eric Bischoff

Roman Reigns announced in October of last year that he had leukemia and had to relinquish the Universal Title and take some time off so that he could beat the disease. He made his return to RAW last week and announced that his leukemia is in remission.

Fan reception for Reigns changed during these few months as they are more sympathetic towards him and his character as he battled leukemia.

Eric Bischoff expects WWE to make a storyline out of this real-life situation on After 83 Weeks with Christy Olsonwhere he discussed how WWE will make use of Reigns’ new-found popularity.

“Are they going to go with what seems natural right now, because of the way the crowd did react, because of the inherent underdog? I mean if you talk about an underdog story there’s nothing more badass than cancer on the face of this earth,” said Bischoff.

“For a guy to come out of that, especially a guy like Roman Reigns, the way he went out and all the passion and the emotion that went with him when he went off and said, ‘Look, I’ve got to take care of this.’ They’ve got an abundance of great stuff there, just raw materials, right? Now what they do with those raw materials, we’ll find out.”

The most obvious route would be to push Reigns as a babyface who beat cancer, but Bischoff said they could turn him heel as well, though that would be a controversial decision. However, it would add depth to his character.

“If they decide to go another way with that it could be highly, highly controversial,” admitted Bischoff. “And you would have people probably losing their minds over it on social media.”

  • Soulshroude

    Read between the lines… the Roman Reigns character became a heel through is stint of taking out the undertaker and through his “Big Dog” stint before announcing his “cancer” stage. He is ultimately a face now after his “remission” and therefore in the good graces of the “crying audience”. The “work” was successful… even after the audience didn’t realize he (Joe/Roman) was only taking work off to film with his Cousin, Dwayne.

  • david young

    A Roman heel turn would be unpredictable. He could talk about how the fans didn’t have his back until they found out that he was sick. He worked his ass off for the fans, but never had their support. Roman could tell the fans to take their pity and shove it up their Ass. Roman could insert himself into the Universal Title Match at WM and beat Seth and Brock for the title. Poetic justice for Seth Rollins doing the same to him at WM 31.