Roman Reigns Has Become The Living Embodiment of Poochie

Remember when The Simpsons added Poochie to the mix? Everything that was meant to be a joke about the character has become true about Roman Reigns.

On February 9, 1997, a new character was introduced on the long-running sitcom The Simpsons. Poochie the Dog made his first appearance in a satirical send-up of the inner workings of television. But just over two decades later, WWE superstar Roman Reigns has come to represent everything that Poochie was meant to ridicule.

Now, you may be sitting in front of your computer, or reading this on your phone, and you’re thinking, “Wait, what?” And I wouldn’t blame you for having that reaction. I’ve had some crazy ideas in the past. However, I think that, even if you don’t agree with my conclusions, everyone can agree that I make a pretty good argument. So let’s sit back and see just how Roman Reigns is no different than a short-lived cartoon dog.

First, let’s look at personalities. In the Simpsons universe, ratings were falling on The Itchy & Scratchy Show. So the network creates a new character: a dog with attitude. He’s meant to be “in your face,” so he can appeal to the kids watching the show. Sound familiar?




Our next point should really click and solidify this comparison. Despite massive hype, Poochie (and Reigns as “the guy”) were met with disdain from the viewers. Lisa Simpson perfectly summed up why Poochie failed — with a quote that describes the Reigns push to a T (emphasis mine):

It’s just that Poochie was a soulless by-product of committee thinking. You can’t be cool just by spouting off a bunch of worn-out buzzwords.


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