An interruption in Roman's title reign, even if only a month or so, would have been interesting. My guess is they are trying to give him a longer reign than CM Punk or something silly like that.
I can't criticize others for liking it. We all like different things. But I just don't like it. I cannot watch a Roman Reigns match at this point and have any suspension of disbelief that he is going to lose the title. And I find that to be boring as hell.
Even in Hulk Hogan's first title reign, they were able to make it seem like he would lose. With Roman, they are only putting underdogs against him over and over again. They had Hogan going people that made him look like the underdog. You could watch Hogan go up against King Kong Bundy or Andre the Giant and believe he could lose.
With Roman, there's no point for me anymore. If I can't believe that the opponent has a chance to win, I just can't watch it.
I am glad Redboy enjoys it. I know I am hard on him sometimes, but I cannot tell other people what they like or don't like, and they can't tell me that either. I am glad it works for others. It doesn't work for me. I thought heel Roman would be interesting and the character was at first. But now, I just don't enjoy it.
I have been watching WWE longer than a lot of people on this forum have been alive. Even when WCW was dominating the Monday Night War, I never lost interest in the company. I watched Raw first and then Nitro. But this is the least interested I have been in the product probably in my entire life. And it's not just Roman. There are a lot of dumb things going on. But he's a big part of it.
The last Smackdown lost .4 million viewers from the week before and was number 3 for the night in the 18-49 demographic. 1.8 million viewers on one the four major networks. This is also down 2.1 million viewers from 2 years ago. Ratings were averaging about 2.5 million every week and began to slag in summer of 2020 right before Roman became champion and then began fluctuating between 1.8 million and 2.1.
The more I think about it, what bothers me comes together more. It's not the character at all. In fact, I have to agree that character wise, this really is the best work Roman has done. I won't claim it's the best thing on wrestling TV, but the character works great.
I just wish the booking was different. But that's just my opinion. Oh well, I won't lose sleep over it... even though I have been awake for 24 hours.