AnthonyWeiner - This is really a great opportunity for WWE to turn a loved face into a hated heel. I see a couple of opportunities.
Imagine when WWE comes back to live crowds, and they start the show off with New Day. Everyone comes out, trombones and pancakes, "We've missed you, WWEEEEEE", that nonsense. Dancing around and taking turns talking about how much they love the WWE universe, blah blah. Xavier goes first, Koffi goes second, and right as they're all dancing with the crowd clapping along, Big E just fucking destroys his teammates. Big Endings on tables, a huge ass-whooping. Big E takes the mic and talks about his struggle, being quarantined, losing his home. We see a vignette of government officials taking him away, wheeling some old grandmother-type person out, even TAKING HIS FUCKING DOG. When Big E needed his friends the most, they weren't there for him, they were at home, quarantined. When he needed WWE fans the most, they were playing video games and re-watching the Royal Rumble. Big E learned something during the break: His teammates suck, the fans suck, he's totally on his own from here on out, and he's better that way.
If they had Attitude Era balls, they'd pick someone to show up on SmackDown and attack Roman.
Not sure who...it'd have to be someone physically imposing. I'm thinking like a Drew, but it could be anyone. Just can't be a smaller guy.
But he's gotta DESTROY Roman...as it make it absolutely brutal. Completely murderize him. Squash. I can't stress how over the top the burial must be. Worse than anything we've ever seen.
Then just roll out of the ring and walk away as everyone (including the announce team) is in stunned, shocked silence.
Then no explanation the next week. Maybe have Rene catch up with him backstage, asking why he did it, he gives her a dirty look, and walks off.
Maybe the next week, he's backstage again, and some other face wrestlers go to get in his face, and he says something like, "Trust me man - my beef isn't with you...but it can be. And you do NOT want any part of this."
The next week, it's brought up again, but nothing - the guy isn't on the show.
The week after that, they advertise heavily the return of Roman after such a vicious and brutal attack. That he's finally back to address the WWE universe.
It's the closing segment and Roman hobbles out - on crutches, maybe with a neck brace, ribs taped up, or whatever...depends on what the new heel's finisher is, and what he's focused on. Roman gets in the ring, getting the sympathetic pop. He cuts a typical promo thanking everyone for their support, that he'll be Ok, and doctors say he'll still be out of action for another few weeks.
He then says something like it doesn't matter, because as long as he has his family and he has the WWE universe, he can overcome. That if he can beat leukemia, he can beat thi...music hits of the new bad guy.
Cole and Graves are going nuts, worrying about what's about to happen. Roman backs himself into a corner in the ring, holding one crutch like a club to defend himself. The new bad guy just struts out to the ring...slowly...defiantly...with a look of absolute outrage and disdain.
He hits the ring and proceeds to destroy Roman again...like bad.
Medical personnel come out, the bad guy actually backs off, lets them put Roman on a stretcher. As he's wheeling them out, he grabs a mic:
"Yes...please. Wheel him out. Get that sorry excuse out of my ring. Show the ENTIRE WORLD what their 'hero' is really made of...
...for WEEKS everyone has wanted to know 'why'? Why did I take out Roman? Why did I pulverize him? Why have I ruined Roman's mystique and showed you all the true coward he really is?
Because we've just come off one of the worst disasters in world history. This is when we were all supposed to come together...except we didn't.
You know what happened while the world was in turmoil? I contracted covid. I GOT IT! I was sick...quarantined...my life was in danger.
And you know who helped me out? You know who tweeted me well wishes? NOBODY! Not you (points to crowd). Not you (points to Cole & Graves). Not anyone in the back. Not you (point to everyone watching through the camera). I had to do it all alone.
So why attack Roman?
When Roman was sick, EVERYONE cared. He cuts an impassioned promo, tells you his name is real name is Joe, gets his time off, and people tear up. When I became a victim of the worst worldwise pandemic in modern history NOT A SINGLE PERSON GAVE A SHIT!"
Then he goes on from there...