While WWE has been beset by controversy and uncertainty in the boardroom in recent weeks, Jim Cornette claims they’re also facing problems on television.
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Jim Cornette Experience, the legendary manager suggested that WWE’s main event scene could be in trouble. Coming off the back of John Cena’s appearance on the December 30th episode of SmackDown, the following week’s episode opened with The Bloodline destroying the ringside area and causing chaos until they were joined by Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns.
Jim Cornette Highlights Problem Around Roman Reigns
Despite The Bloodline technically being heels, Roman Reigns is still heavily cheered for every appearance. According to Jim Cornette this highlights a potentially big problem. WWE don’t have a babyface big enough and hot enough that fans will cheer over the Tribal Chief.
“They’re on network TV. They’re riding high on the big rating from Cena the previous week, right? This was January 6, so out comes Zayn and Solo and The Usos, not from the entranceway. But they immediately as the show opens, the announcers start talking. Those guys all jump over the barricade at ringside and start breaking shi*t and throwing shi*t around. What the f*ck, there’s nobody else out there. They’re just running roughshod, The Bloodline are.
Of course, all that stuff’s covered by WWE’s insurance I would think, the production equipment and set for it. But anyway, they trashed ringside and awaited the entrance of Roman Reigns and here he comes with Heyman standing and stooging gloriously behind him. And people love these heels, Brian, they’re excited to see them. It’s like big name stars have come to town, like some of the old days we used to have big stars in wrestling.
They’re again, star power personality, they’re the best thing on the show and I was being a smartass when I said people love these heels, but here’s a question for you before we talk about the interview they did. Is there any baby faces now in the WWE that any more than the current WWE diehard would support over these guys? Anybody that is strong enough to compete in terms of personality in a way they’ve been booked and used?
When Owens comes out there, I know a bunch people like him, and he’s a wonderful worker. But he looks like somebody took half the stuffing out of a f*cking mattress compared to you know, Roman Reigns, where are our superstar baby faces? That’s my question to you.”
Roman Reigns will be back in action at the 2023 Royal Rumble when he defends his Undisputed WWE Universal Title against Kevin Owens.
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