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Roman Reigns

WWE

All eyes are on Roman Reigns right now.

It's no secret WWE sees the young Samoan-American as its heir apparent to John Cena, the ace of its incoming reality era. Nor is it hard to envision his crowning moment: Conquering the seemingly unstoppable Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 31 March 29 in Santa Clara.

The seven months until then will be a rigorous proving ground for Reigns, though. Much as he looks and carries himself like he could be the man someday, his jitters on the microphone and one-note ring work suggest that day will not arrive before March 29. And if he wants to look credible against Lesnar, it would need to. Plus, with the more well-rounded Dean Ambrose and Daniel Bryan poised to hijack the fans' popular vote for the big shot against Lesnar, Reigns may just be unwanted regardless of any progress he makes.

As always, WWE would be wise to listen to its fans should they veto Reigns as Lesnar's WrestleMania 31 opponent. But that doesn't mean the company can't still give him a huge profile at its biggest show of the year. There's an opponent for Reigns whose defeat would mean almost as much as Lesnar's, and who would draw arguably more eyes to the ascendant superstar: The Rock.

The Rock, who is in play for WrestleMania 31, could no doubt be talked into facing his cousin. The story write itself: It's a test. The Rock comes back to see if the hype surrounding Reigns is real — to see if he's capable of the same kind of success "The Great One" achieved in WWE.

Sure, the match would probably suck. But with the right mix of motivation and no less than Pat Patterson's expert hand sculpting the action, it could be just what Reigns needs to become the man sooner than later.

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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