Hollywood Success: Top WWE star Roman Reigns is reportedly getting ready to try and make inroads in Hollywood, but can he replicate the success of his cousin The Rock?
“The Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns looks to be poised for a further push into Hollywood, but he has a long way to go to follow the path of fellow WWE icons The Rock and John Cena. Debuting on WWE television as part of The Shield stable in 2012, Reigns ascended the card fairly quickly, winning his first world championship by 2015. It was clear from the start that WWE saw big things for Reigns, an athletic big man who exuded a sense of cool.
In the last two years, Reigns has truly hit his stride as a dominant heel champion, adopting the “Tribal Chief” moniker, debuting a new, more epic theme song, and enlisting the services of Hall of Fame-worthy manager Paul Heyman. Like any good villain in wrestling, Reigns cheats to win from time to time but has also earned his share of completely clean victories over top-level opponents. In 2022 WWE is built around Roman Reigns, who at press time is in the midst of the longest world championship reign since Hulk Hogan lost the WWF title in 1988, and it’s hard to imagine the company without him.
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A lack of Roman Reigns looks to be in WWE’s future, as a plan appears to be in place to push him toward Hollywood stardom. Interestingly, WWE itself wants to assist with this move, hoping to do it in a way that benefits both parties. While Reigns is a solid talker and has an obvious screen presence, WWE shouldn’t necessarily expect the “Big Dog” to find an easy path to big-screen glory. It took over a decade for The Rock to become the massive box office draw he is now, and Dwayne Johnson is arguably much more charismatic and verbally gifted than his younger cousin. Reigns can certainly get there if WWE is willing to allow him to put the time and work in, but it’ll lead to much less of the WWE Universal Champion on USA’s Monday Night Raw and Fox’s Friday Night Smackdown.
reigns have so far had only one real acting role of note, appearing alongside The Rock in Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. He did fine there, but he also wasn’t exactly asked to show much range, basically playing a variation of himself. That said, Dwayne Johnson endeared himself to Hollywood through a combination of sheer will, explosive action roles, and his natural charisma—not necessarily his eloquent Oscar-winning acting abilities. Handsome, heavily muscled, well-spoken, and extremely disciplined, Reigns may well have the skill set he needs to make a similar transition to part-time WWE star and part-time actor. Once again, this result would be a bit ironic, after his character bashed 16-time world champion, John Cena, for doing just that.
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Perhaps the most interesting prospect here is the idea that WWE’s plan to push Reigns toward Hollywood might backfire, leading their biggest name to follow The Rock, John Cena, and Dave Bautista toward full-time acting and away from the ring. As much as Reigns has done for the company, WWE boss Vince McMahon owes it to him to indulge any acting dreams he might have. Still, if the grass proves greener on-set than in-ring, it’s only a matter of time until WWE audiences wave goodbye to yet another of their favorites.
Opening overseas ten years ago, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers was quite possibly the final nail in the coffin which Hollywood had been building for itself since Jaws. Star Wars sent Hollywood on a mad dash to make A-level versions of B movies, while Batman convinced Hollywood that any untapped property could be made into a blockbuster franchise. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Lord of the Rings both positioned mega-bucks four-quadrant action fantasy IP as the only ideal game in town (while convincing the industry that every property should be a trilogy). Michael Bay’s Transformers showed the value of essentially making big-budget kids’ flicks aimed at nostalgic adults. But the blowout success of The Avengers may have cost theatrical the game, both due to the sheer number of “wrong lessons” learned and the sheer time/money spent (as streaming was quickly gaining relevance) on attempting to approximate its singular success.
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Here’s what Hollywood took from the once-unthinkable superhero team-up ensemble opening with $207 million and legging out to $623 million domestic and $1.519 billion worldwide in the summer of 2012: Audiences wanted superhero cinematic universes, and that global success of The Avengers was such that it could only be replicated by a cinematic universe event actioner. As such, Hollywood prioritized their superhero universes. Think Warner Bros. doubling down on a DC Comics universe, Fox rebooting Fantastic Four, Sony (still) trying to turn the Spider-Man rogues’ gallery into a cinematic universe, Universal trying to create a connected franchise from the classic horror monsters like Dracula, the Mummy, and The Invisible Man, or every studio trying to turn their non-superhero properties into the next Batman Begins (Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Legend of Tarzan, Robin Hood, etc.) or the next The Avengers (King Arthur and the Legend of the Sword).
Years after Chris Farley’s sudden death, generations continue to discover and watch cult classics like Black Sheep and Tommy Boy. The one thing viewers still cite is the amazing chemistry between Farley and his Saturday Night Live castmate and friend David Spade. Their off-screen friendship made the funny guy-straight man dynamic sweet and enduring. More than three decades after those movies were released, Spade reminisced about their Hollywood success and how close they were to collaborating on a third movie