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The new Roman Reigns merchandise is a dig at CM Punk

Roman Reigns debuted his new t-shirt on SmackDown last week. The t-shirt says it’s a ‘pinwheel’ which is essentially Reigns being a factor in the ratings boost. It was also an important deepening at CM Punk, as the Universal Champion did mention in an interview that Punk was never a needle seeker John Cena or The Rock.

Roman Reigns is undoubtedly the biggest WWE superstar today. He has been protected to a large extent and has finally come to be his own since becoming the Chief of the Tribe. SmackDown has hit good numbers when it comes to ratings, and Reigns feels he should be held accountable for the same.

While talking about the new Universal Champion t-shirt theme, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently stated that Punk was never a long needle seeker like John Cena or The Rock in WWE:

“The real story comes from the interview where Reigns stated CM Punk is not a needle seeker. Obviously, at least in the short term, Punk is. Long term is more of a question. but no one has moved more short-term numbers this year than Punk. But his background is in WWE, Punk doesn’t move the needle like Cena or The Rock, and that’s true.”

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Is Roman Reigns a ‘needle cam’?

Dave Meltzer notes that although Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar helped drive more interest in SmackDown than ORIGINAL, there are many other factors behind the numbers of the brand in blue. First, SmackDown happens on a Friday, and it’s much easier to get a crowd the night before the weekend than it is on a Monday.

“Smackdown attendance is much higher now than Raw and he and Lesnar are the two big stars on Smackdown, and Lesnar has only been on a handful of shows. It’s clear Friday is the easier night to attract crowds. compared to Monday, but the difference in late attendance Meltzer noted that there was more between the two shows than the fact that more people would come to see a live event on Friday than on Monday.

He added that the ‘guideline’ is not moving in all positive directions with Reigns being the top WWE star right now.


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Edited by Kartik Arry

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