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Since the destruction of one of WWEs most beloved tag team trios, The Shield, in 2014, each of its members --?Seth Rollins,?Dean Ambrose, and?Roman Reigns?-- has gone on?to?be?successful as singles wrestlers. While Rollins has risen as one of the New Eras greatest heels over the course of the past two years, and Ambrose has ascended to become a true top babyface (if an unlikely one) as WWE world champion, Reigns character and his portrayal of it have struggled to find footing.The WWE has attempted to make Reigns the most clear-cut good guy imaginable, with his various fights against The Authority -- primarily composed of Rollins,?Triple H?and?Stephanie McMahon?--?standing as his primary storyline over the past two years. The key problem lies in Reigns fan reception when battling at the main card: Hes written to be the kind of face that?John Cena?has represented for the company over the past 11 years.While Reigns faces a similar level of disdain to Cenas from most older fans, he also gets at least a little bit less support from the younger fans that are typically able to balance the Cena sucks chants with Lets go, Cena to articulate just how much support Cena retains to this day.?There have been some signs of a change in Reigns current feud with United States champion?Rusev, as this move feels like a demotion; Reigns has been in the WWE world?championship picture for the past two years, winning the top title three times.Before he can get back to fighting for the top title on his brand, the Universal championship, Reigns still needs a character makeover.These are the hurdles he faces going forward.Problem 1: His opponentsRomans problems as a character begin with his opponents.In the majority of his feuds and premier matches, Reigns has faced off against some of the top headliners the business has to offer -- many of whom hold a significantly higher amount of respect from the WWE Universe. Right from the start, his earliest singles feuds included Rollins,?Randy Orton,?Big Show,?Triple H,?Bray Wyatt?and?Brock Lesnar.The feuds with those aforementioned names have had Reigns, as a character, with his back against the wall. Even against the likes of Rollins and Triple H -- two classic heels in their feuds with Reigns -- the crowd embraced the bad guys, for one reason or another. Reigns failed to garner the intrigue of the fan base, and part of it stems from who he has faced.Problem 2: The writersWWEs writers have given Reigns one of the heaviest uphill battles to becoming a main event contender in recent memory. Rollins hit the right notes early and quickly received a ringing endorsement from live crowds and fans in his new role as the guy you love to hate. Ambrose went through the classic buildup of being a mid-card attraction as United States champion and later Intercontinental champion, before lifting himself up into the main event by winning the WWE world championship.Reigns fight against authority is familiar to WWE fans, and it has worked before. In the Attitude Era, this strategy worked extremely well for Stone Cold Steve Austin, who often feuded with Mr. McMahon, and it was similarly effective for D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels), who did the same. The storyline isnt broken, but the way the writers have approached it with Reigns is.Even in Reigns greatest moments -- his 2015 Royal Rumble win; his Wrestlemania 31 fight with Lesnar; and his big win at Wrestlemania 32 over Triple H -- the reaction from the crowd was tepid; fans either rooted for his well-respected opponents or didnt react at all. Thats not good.Problem 3: The mic workReigns biggest flaw is on the mic, where he lacks the one key component that can get a wrestler to win over fans, no matter how good they are technically in the ring. Being able to talk is what makes some of the best talent in the WWE as good as they are.Getting back to Problem 2, wrestlers who are bad at this have historically had managers for them. For example, Brock Lesnar has struggled at times on the microphone during his current tenure in the WWE, but his manager Paul Heyman more than covers up for his faults -- and makes Lesnar look menacing as the silent and dangerous brawler. Greats like The Undertaker and Kane had Paul Bearer, solving the potential issues their silent demeanor might cause -- and making people excited for their characters. This could work for Reigns, who out of the ex-Shield trio certainly has had the most trouble on the mic.Problem 4: The suspensionOn June 21, Reigns was suspended from the WWE for violating the companys wellness policy. While specifics of the violation are not known, if Reigns and the WWE want him to be the face of the company, representing them poorly does each party no favors.Even though he returned for Battleground and performed well with Ambrose and Rollins for the title, Reigns suspension puts a blemish on his career that he truly couldnt afford at that particular moment, given his current standing with fans.WWE could have rolled with the punches and given in to popular demand, using the incident to push Reigns towards being a heel. It would be a more natural fit, given crowd reactions and the bad guy stigma of a suspension, and the silent persona mixed with certain heel-like elements of his look -- his unkempt beard and all-black gear thats an artifact from when The Shield broke into the WWE the most prevalent among them -- but WWE simply didnt pull the trigger.The solution?For the time being, it appears to be Rusev.Despite the predicament they were in, it looks as if the WWE writers have found a solution for Reigns in the perfect stereotypical heel that Rusev is. Not only does it give Reigns the chance to remain in the spotlight with a title shot (and a potential win) going into one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year, but it also gives him a chance to build from the ground up, similar to Ambroses journey.His problems, in the end, arent about his wrestling ability, which has gradually improved over the past year and was fully on display in his feuds with?A.J. Styles?and his Shield brethren. He has shown his prowess as a strong competitor in the ring. His signature moves -- the Superman punch and the spear -- certainly come with charisma and history of their own, although hell inevitably be compared to previous stars, such as Edge, Goldberg and others, who made the move so popular.By fighting someone like Rusev, who is as universally hated by the fan base as any character in the company at this moment, Reigns has the chance to truly rise to the occasion as the kind of good guy that the WWE has wanted him to be since the dissolution of The Shield. The only difference is a big one: Hell get the chance to emerge into that spotlight naturally, rather than being forced there.If he beats Rusev, its possible well see Reigns battle it out with the likes of Wyatt,?Sami Zayn,?Kevin Owens,?Cesaro,?Darren Young?and?Titus ONeil?-- providing ample?opportunity?for?Reigns?to?climb the proverbial ladder and garner some respect from the fans. There are pitfalls to be wary of there too, though: Most of those opponents already have tremendous support from the crowd, and the wrong move could undo the positive steps Reigns has taken of late.A win for Reigns at SummerSlam and a chance to run with the United States championship could be the beginning of the proper reformation of his character.But no matter what, its abundantly clear that Reigns has a long way to go before he reaches the level that the WWE has tried to push him toward as a main event player. Cheap Alabama Gear . According to a report from the Winnipeg Free Press, the Bombers will name Acting GM Kyle Walters to the post full time. Stitched Alabama Jerseys . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. http://www.cheapalabamajerseys.com/?tag=alabama-cam-robinson-college-jersey . 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Among the young new faces who could play key roles on offense are 19-year-old Sebastian Aho and 22-year-old Teuvo Teravainen.If they can kind of jump in like those young (defensemen) jumped in, veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey said, the skys the limit.The storyline of last season was how that group of fresh-faced defensemen -- led by Brett Pesce, Jaccob Slavin and Noah Hanifin -- stepped up while the team continued its patient rebuild and dealt face-of-the-franchise Eric Staal at the trade deadline.The Hurricanes earned points in 12 of the first 14 games after the deadline to make a push to end the Eastern Conferences longest active postseason drought, but ultimately finished 10 points behind eighth-seeded Philadelphia.Carolina hopes all those young legs translate into playing at a faster pace.Thats the idea -- not only (skating speed) but puck speed, veteran forward Jordan Staal said. Just moving the puck, finding the right guy, working as a unit on the ice, and doing those things makes the game that much faster.Some things to know about the 2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes:WELCOME BACKThe Hurricanes will have a familiar look in goal: Cam Ward is staying with the team he led to the Stanley Cup in 2006 after signing a two-year deal worth a total of $6.dddddddddddd million, $200,000 less than he made in 2015-16. Carolina also brought back 35-year-old Michael Leighton, who played with the Hurricanes from 2007-10, to join Eddie Lack in whats suddenly a crowded goalies crease.OVERTIME WOESCarolina led the league with 16 losses in either overtime or the shootout last season, and their 2-5 record in shootouts was one of the worst in the league. That only underscores the thin line between making and missing the postseason, Hainsey said, because if seven of those (OT losses) go your way, youre a playoff team.START FASTERA big reason for the Hurricanes playoff drought has been their slow starts. Carolina won just eight of its first 25 games in 2015-16, and the year before was just 10-23-4 in the first three months. The Hurricanes open the season with six straight road games before the home opener Oct. 28 against the New York Rangers, and cant afford to stumble.NO CAPTAINThe Hurricanes did not select a captain to replace Eric Staal after his trade to the Rangers, and the message has been clear: You dont need to wear a letter to be a leader. Defenseman Justin Faulk and Jordan Staal continued to wear the A as alternate captains in Erics absence, and the team is counting on those two, plus Hainsey, former rookie of the year Jeff Skinner and new addition Lee Stempniak to lead either vocally or by example. 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