Push, Repackage, Release: WWE Fastlane (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar)

Brian Joel February 15, 2016 Comments Off on Push, Repackage, Release: WWE Fastlane (Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar)

Before Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Brock Lesnar face off at WWE Fastlane 2016, the triple threat takes center stage in another edition of PWF Empire Live’s Push, Repackage, Release!

The hosts of PWF Empire Live will evaluate the individual attributes of three selected wrestlers, then rank them against each other in a scenario where you can only push one, have to give one a new gimmick, and you’re forced to fire the other.

Where would the battle lines be drawn if you were the one calling the shots? Leave your feedback and check out what the PWF Empire Live hosts had to say.


PUSH: Brock Lesnar

Seeing as Brock is starting to run out of opponents, I did consider releasing him, but I’ve got to keep Lesnar around. He’s still the most credible guy and the biggest commodity WWE has. There are times when the WWE product sucks, but if Lesnar’s there then I still find something to enjoy.

RELEASE: Roman Reigns

Reigns has tons of potential, but he’s either hit-or-miss for me. If he was to (unfortunately) get injured, I honestly wouldn’t be missing him all that much.

REPACKAGE: Dean Ambrose

I’d like to repackage Ambrose into the character he played in the Terminator/WWE 2k16 commercial. Ambrose should be a Han Solo-type character; a gritty, casual badass that may not be the best wrestler or strongest guy, but he develops into a protagonist that takes advantage of the fact that he’s one of the most popular guys around.


REPACKAGE: Dean Ambrose

A repackaged Ambrose could be a great essential element in WWE, whether he be a babyface or heel. There’s so much room for him to grow.

RELEASE: Roman Reigns

Being a fan of Reigns, I didn’t want to release him; with this specific trio, he had to be the one to go. Roman Reigns’ character may be working right now, but it’s still one-dimensional.

PUSH: Brock Lesnar

You’d be crazy to release a guy like Lesnar, and there’s no room to repackage him because he’s too well established in who he is now: the Beast.


PUSH: Brock Lesnar

Bottom line: when Brock Lesnar shows up, shit goes down. With the legitimacy that Lesnar brings to the table, I see him as one of the most powerful forces in WWE history, so this was an easy pick for me.

REPACKAGE: Roman Reigns

With their current movesets, Roman Reigns is better in the ring than Dean Ambrose is; on the character side, Reigns has ventured much closer to my ideal version of him than Ambrose has. As fleeting as they may be, I’ve seen moments of brilliance from Reigns (the merciless beast he was at TLC) that I could use as a template to base a repackaged gimmick on.

RELEASE: Dean Ambrose

The ‘Lunatic Fringe’ tag is nothing more than a merchandising ploy from WWE. It provides endless t-shirt ideas and forceful lines for the commentary team to deliver, but it falls short on what it provides the Ambrose character. I love the idea of repackaging Ambrose into a Han Solo-type character, but I can’t justify giving him the spot over Reigns.

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