Roman Reigns has had a turbulent WWE career though his current run has taken an improved turn. Often booed and criticized by the WWE universe, it seems that the detractors are slowly becoming believers thanks to some work from the creative team.

Turn of the tide

Those following the “Big Dog” are aware that personifying Reigns as a seemingly invincible star left a bad taste in the mouth. Though he is considered the future face of the WWE, it has been a tough road for the former WWE champion.

Most took exception from the fact that WWE CEO Vince McMahon was too obvious in giving Reigns a push.

Critics believed it was too soon and a reason why Reigns has been and out of the spotlight. There were even suggestions of a heel turn at some point though Triple H said that it had already been done with most failing to take notice.

Either way, Reigns has played both sides and has managed to fit in despite adversity. He continues to be an attraction though he is likely to take a backseat for now before his big match with current Universal champion Brock Lesnar.

WWE Universal title circus

The limelight is currently on Samoa Joe who faces Lesnar at an upcoming WWE pay-per-view – “Great Balls of Fire.” The event is slated for July 9, 2017, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. If the power of both is to be considered, the “Beast Incarnate” is likely to retain the Universal Championship belt.

Joe winning the belt is possible, an opportunity for Reigns once again. But standing in the way are WWE stars with a vested interest as well. That includes Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and Bray Wyatt. If the “Big Dog” is to figure in the Universal title hunt, Reigns may end up facing any of them before the big dance with Lesnar.

A lot of that will depend on what the WWE creative team has planned. Reigns don't need the same level of push he had the previous months so he may be taking a breather (in a manner of speaking). The WWE may be giving Samoa Joe a push of his own, same with Finn Balor who saw his run cut short following an injury at last year’s SummerSlam.

Whoever gets the push may find themselves facing Reigns at some point. Lesnar, likely to take a break as he usually does, will enter at the opportune moment to challenge the "Big Dog" once more. The scenario would not come as a surprise, especially for the folks closely following the WWE ring. Whatever happens, Reigns and Lesnar are expected to collide once more at Wrestlemania 34 which will hopefully end up with a clear winner this time around.