WWE: 3 names that would excel with Roman Reigns-like consistent, quality booking

Apr 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Sasha Banks (green attire) and Bianca Belair (silver attire) during their Smackdown Women's Championship match at WrestleMania 37 at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Sasha Banks (green attire) and Bianca Belair (silver attire) during their Smackdown Women's Championship match at WrestleMania 37 at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

These performers would excel if given the same type of long-term, consistent booking as Roman Reigns.

Roman Reigns is on a career-defining run. Since returning to the WWE at SummerSlam in 2020, he’s done his best work in his 11 years as a wrestler. Some will argue that his character has grown “stale,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. One aspect of his development is that WWE Creative has given him the space and time needed to build these layers in the last three years. That’s time invested that no one else on the roster receives. Every performer can’t achieve the level that Reigns has hit during this run, but these three individuals stand out as performers that could deliver a similar level of intriguing success if given the space and time to do so.

Seth Rollins, Sasha Banks, and Baron Corbin are three individuals who’ve achieved some level of success as a part of the WWE. Rollins and Banks are multiple-time champions, while Corbin is consistently featured on television, even in spots that fans reject. What also links these three names is that there are several examples where bad booking decisions curtailed their momentum or put them in places where their characters were set up to fail. Somehow, each one of them have overcome those odds and shown that they are talented, despite the “creative” minds behind the curtain.

Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins is one of the best performers in professional wrestling. WWE knows this, and they repeatedly count on him to get them out of bad positions. When Reigns needed an opponent for Royal Rumble, they slotted Rollins into that position with zero build and they delivered. Only for him to be tossed aside again for Brock Lesnar as the company moves into WrestleMania season.

Even though he’s captured both the Universal and WWE Championship twice each, he’s never been booked as the top guy in the company. The only time that was even close to the situation was when Lesnar was the WWE Champion and not on television. Rollins carried the show as the Intercontinental Champion. Imagine some of the work that Rollins could do carrying the belt for 500+ days while delivering some of the best matches the industry would see across that time. Without a doubt, he’s capable of pulling this off.

Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks has been a singles champion on the WWE main roster six times. Her recent run lasted 167 days and culminated with the historic moment against Bianca Belair at WrestleMania. None of her other title reigns on the main roster lasted longer than 35 days. Compare that to her peers and once can see why so many Banks fans lament that she’s not booked the way she deserves or compares to her colleagues in the Four Horsewomen.

But imagine what Banks could do with a title run that lasted anywhere near the length of Roman Reigns. Not only is she exception at what she does inside the ring, but her star power continues to eclipse anyone else on the roster. Her opportunities outside the company continue to expand in ways that raise eyebrows when WWE refuses to highlight them.

Plus, she’s shown that she’s extremely capable of carrying the women’s division on her back. Banks was one of the names the WWE leaned on during the uncertain times early in the COVID-19 global pandemic. She showed that she has the star power to draw eyes away from the growing momentum that is All Elite Wrestling. Banks is everything that a company wants in a star player and she would excel if given the same time and opportunity.

Baron Corbin

This is a name that some may scoff at, but Corbin is a prime example of WWE’s penchant for convoluted, over-booking. What is even more amazing is that he’s found a way to reach success even when booked in the most ridiculous fashion. The flashes that he showed when facing off against Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship, and even Broke Corbin were moments when he could have evolved past the level that WWE places him.

This isn’t to say that Corbin should get a multiple-year run as champion. However, give him a year of credible, consistent booking and he could become one of the top draws in this company. The man can work with any style, and his promo work is serviceable enough as a top attraction. WWE recognizes his appeal as The End of Days still has a 100% finish rate on the main roster. That’s an amazing stat. When fans and media members alike debate about the “misses” WWE has botched in recent years, Corbin should be high on that list.