Roman Reigns recently spoke with Digital Spy to promote WWE’s WrestleMania 31. Here are some highlights;
Why do you think you’ll be able to beat Brock Lesnar – the man who conquered The Undertaker and destroyed John Cena?
“I’m the 1%er. Brock, throughout his whole life – probably even as a little boy – he’s been pummelling people, just running through people… just running into the same type of people. He’s never run into anybody like me. Athletically he’s looking into a mirror. Size-wise he’s pretty much looking into a mirror. But you wanna know what the difference is? I’m quite a bit younger than him. And I’m pretty sure that where I am in my career I’m a whole lot hungrier than he is. I’m wrestling almost every single day of the week. I’m fighting for so much more. I’m trying to capture a life here, a future. I’m trying to put my kid in college. There are so many things I’m doing. I’m representing the biggest wrestling family on earth. He’s had an awesome run, he’s done a lot of great things and I’m sure he’s going to continue to do those things, but he’s running into 1% – the thing he doesn’t want to face is me. And that’s the problem – he’s going to face me on the 29th.”
Even if you win it’ll be a hell of a war – and your old brother Seth Rollins will be waiting in the wings with that briefcase. How will you deal with that?
“Yeah, It’s gonna be a brutal match. Win, lose or draw, it’s gonna be painful… an hour after the match, I’m either gonna be laid out in a hospital bed with the title laying over my stomach, or I’m gonna be stuck in the locker room not able to move drinking a cold beer with that title laying across my lap. That’s what the gameplan is – not only to win it, but walk out that night with the WWE Championship, because you hit it right on the head. Seth is a little snake, man – no pun intended. He’s smart, he’s The Architect, he’s a schemer, he’s always gonna wait till the time is right. My job is to hopefully have a little bit of energy, just something enough to muster out a fight if he comes out there with that stupid music of his, that stupid haircut and that stupid smile with that dumb briefcase, he’s going to try and ruin my whole night. That hurts me. For someone who was my brother, someone I was so tight with to try and take that moment from me – he better hope I don’t get too pissed out there.”
Do you think the so-called ‘smart fans’ sometimes ruin the fun for themselves and ruin it for other people?
“It’s tough to say. The way I look at it is, yeah, I hope they’re having fun. Whatever chant you wanna start or whatever you’re doing out there, as long as you’re having a good time, as long as you’re taking advantage of the time that you have being at the show. I do like to stress… a lot of these smarter fans, a lot of them are my age. They’re right in my age group, and I’m a father. I have a daughter who enjoys the show. So I try and think about that. Think about when you were a kid and think about when you were a young fan. Think about what’s going to make the show better, because we are a PG product. We are targeting families – little boys and girls – we’re trying to change lives, we’re trying to be role models.”
“I think the WWE Universe has to remember that as well. Our fans have to remember that y’all are very influential as well. Y’all are on TV too. So remember – think about the kids, think about what kind of example you’re setting. Think about not only your experience, but everybody else’s. That’s just something I think about. But at the end of the day, the fans pay their hard-earned money, it’s their choice and only their choice to make.”
There’s been a lot of attention to the #GiveDivasAChance hashtag – what do you think of it and do the talented women of the WWE deserve more time on Raw and SmackDown?
“I absolutely 100% agree. If it wasn’t for women I wouldn’t be here. I’m a mamma’s boy at heart. I love my mom. I have the deepest, utmost respect for women. I say we have three hours of Raw – I can’t see why the Divas can’t get more time.”
Roman Reigns called into Elvis Duran and the Morning Show’s The Josh Podcast and discussed his WWE World Heavyweight Title Match at WrestleMania 31, his critics, scripted promos, keeping The Shield’s entrance and more. To listen to the podcast, click here. Below are highlights:
The WWE Title Match going on last at WrestleMania:
“I haven’t talked much about that. My assumption is the championship match should always be last, that’s what we’re fighting for, that’s the biggest prize, as awesome as rivalries are. The WWE Championship, if you have that around your waist you are the man, you are on top of the mountain, you’re receiving the biggest paychecks, you’re going to have the best life, you’re going to create the best future for you and your family. So for me, I think the ultimate prize being the WWE Championship, it should always be on last, not just cause I’m fighting for it.”
Butting heads with hardcore fans:
“I don’t think I’m head butting with them, I feel like they are head butting me. I don’t do anything but go out there and bust my ass every single week. Even when I was with the Shield, I’ve always had the critics and I think a lot of it goes with the background of me not having that independent experience, especially being paired up with guys like Seth and Dean because those guys are journeymen. The things they had to do are second to none.”
“Deserving” his spot:
“We have a very strong hardcore fan base and they go in a bit deeper than just what the storyline is. One thing that kind of confuses me is that it is a performance, it is a show, there is a storyline. When people start doing the “He deserves this, He deserves that”, really did Brad Pitt deserved to be Achilles in Troy? It’s a weird world that we live in; it’s very real but very scripted at the same time. It’s a fine line and in my opinion that’s what makes it so neat.”
Scripted promos handcuffing talent:
“I don’t think handcuffing is the right term. I look at it as a challenge. Obviously as a performer, I would love to go out there and go off of impulse, just go off into the arena and feel what’s going, but it is a show, it is a performance, and there is a lot that goes into this machineﾅ For me, I know for a fact I haven’t told my full story. There is still so much more about me that I want to show the world.”
Keeping The Shield’s stairway entrance:
“The entrance itself it’s just such a unique thing, somebody had to keep that because it’s part of the show now and I get Tweets and all kinds of social media stuff, “what area are you coming down.” People want those seats now. It’s upped the value of that seating almost to where it’s like a front row situation. Those fans that are on that stairwell that I’m coming down are right on top of me, you get to see me, you can smell me, and people are touching me. You get a very good feel of what I’m like up close and personal. I think that was one thing WWE wanted to do was keep that moment for the crowd.”