Why was Roman Reigns mercilessly booed after 2015 Royal Rumble win?

Roman Reigns is one of the most accomplished wrestlers in WWE history. He has won multiple championships, including the WWE Championship, Universal Championship, United States Championship, and Intercontinental Championship.

Despite his overall success, there was one particular moment that caused a lot of controversy. Reigns’ win at the Royal Rumble 2015 was met with a lot of criticism and negativity from fans. Even Reigns himself has found it hard to forget the negative reaction. Winning the Royal Rumble should have been a huge milestone in his career, but the fans’ disapproval marred the moment and made it difficult for Reigns to look back on.

Why did Roman Reigns booed at the 2015 Royal Rumble?

Roman Reigns is currently one of the most popular wrestling superstars in the industry, having broken some of the most significant records. In 2020, he made his much-anticipated return to WWE with a new character, “The Head of The Table,” and was accompanied by one of the best managers in the industry, Paul Heyman.

The Tribal Chief captured the WWE Universal Championship in 2020 after defeating The Fiend. Roman Reigns then captured the championship in 2022 after defeating Brock Lesnar in the champion versus champion title unification match.

Reigns has held the title of WWE Undisputed Champion for almost 1300 days, making him the longest-reigning WWE champion of all time. Fans of WWE and professional wrestling love his Tribal Chief character. However, it wasn’t always this way for Roman Reigns. At the beginning of his career, he was set up as the face superstar with his Big Dog character, but fans didn’t feel any connection with his gimmick and started to hate him.

At the 2015 Royal Rumble, Reigns was massively booed by the fans. The crowd was so angry with him that they even cheered for Rusev, who was a big heel at that time, instead of Roman Reigns.

Roman Reigns’ candid thoughts on infamous 2015 Royal Rumble

During the Royal Rumble 2015, WWE brought in The Rock, one of the all-time fan favorites, to support Roman Reigns, but the crowd in Philadelphia still booed him. Roman Reigns recently spoke about the massive booing he received during the event and how it affected him in his upcoming A&E documentary.

“I was historically booed. You dream about these moments, and when they actually happen, it’s like they’re playing the worst soundtrack of all time over your moment, ruining your party. That’s how the Rumble in Philly felt. I try to forget Philly. I try to forget the Royal Rumble.” said Roman Reigns.

Do you think Roman Reigns will participate in any Royal Rumble events in the upcoming years? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section below!

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Majidul Islam Rahat is a passionate WWE enthusiast and accomplished writer immersed in the world of professional wrestling. Majidul has keen insights and a deep understanding of the WWE universe. He combines his love for the sport with his storytelling prowess as a dedicated WWE writer. With a flair for capturing electrifying moments within the squared circle, He crafts compelling narratives that resonate with fellow fans.


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