Ruzious wrote:And if Reigns had an Indy background, there wouldn't be anywhere near as much complaining about the WWE forcing him on us - even if he'd be exactly the same rassler.
I don't think that's true at all. Braun Strowman doesn't have an indie background, but he's arguably the most over wrestler on the entire roster right now. Elias is over as all hell right now too without an indie background.
Ultimately, the fans don't care about where a guy comes from. They might initially, as in a new guy from a major indie promotion may get a huge pop, but at the end of the day guys have to stand on the back of their work in WWE. The problem is that Roman just can't do that. He's not a good wrestler. His matches are totally lacking in psychology and they're all the damn same. He hasn't had a good singles match in over six months, largely because he can only do (or at least chooses to do) only four moves, most of them boring and overused. Further, he's incapable of getting over out of the ring either because he's totally lacking in charisma. He's just not a likable guy. Even in out of character interviews, he comes off as arrogant and condescending.
Contrast Roman with Braun. Braun is a guy who is, at this point, a bit better and more interesting in the ring, but he's also great out of the ring. He connects with the crowd in a way Roman has never really been able to do. He's funny and can make people laugh with ease, which is usually an indicator of charisma. He can transition from remorseless killer to playing a cello to tag-teaming with a random kid from the audience, and it all works because he's just a likable guy. If they strapped the rocket on Strowman right now, the crowd would be totally on board. Hell, they've been clamoring for it for months now.