August 12th, 2021
 "Roman Reigns on His Controversial Promo, a Match With The Rock and More: TRAINA THOUGHTS"


The WWE goes out of its way to be PG, so when something PG-13 makes it on air, it’s pretty shocking.

That happened a few weeks ago when WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns cut a promo on SmackDown comparing John Cena, his upcoming opponent at SummerSlam on Aug. 21, to the missionary position.

The risqué line was enhanced by Reigns’s fantastic delivery.

While many people, including myself, loved the creative shot Reigns took at Cena, the WWE ended up editing the line out of its replays and social media video clips.

During an interview on this week’s SI Media Podcast, I asked Reigns about the genesis of the line and the fallout that ensued.

“There’s a portion of my career where I’d either read a script or I’d try to adjust a script as much as possible,” Reigns said, “but for a while now, especially since I came back from my little leave at the beginning of the pandemic, since SummerSlam, I’m not scripted. I say what I want to. I say what I feel. If it comes out of my mouth, it’s my verbiage. I come up with it. I deliver it. And that’s why it’s been the way it’s been, because it’s mine.

I don’t know why they edited that out. I think it did raise some eyebrows, but I don’t get in trouble. The gimmick is as close to being real as possible. Even if they tried to say something to me, I wouldn’t have cared anyway. What are they gonna do? Not have me on SmackDown next week? Like I did before SummerSlam during last summer, I’ll go home. It doesn’t matter to me. Let’s see how it goes without me.”

To hear that Reigns isn’t scripted is pretty significant, and it shows the faith the WWE has in his being the top guy in the company.

Reigns, of course, was not scripted on the SI Media Podcast, and later in the interview he issued an important clarification, saying, “Let’s throw a little respect on missionary. I think we can all agree that any position is a good position.”

There has also been a lot of speculation about Reigns’s main-eventing next year’s WrestleMania in Dallas against The Rock. However, with WrestleMania in Los Angeles two years from now, Reigns threw out a different theory.

“Do we do it now or do we wait until we’re in his backyard of Hollywood? It just adds to the narrative. It adds another dynamic to speculate on. Obviously, AT&T Stadium, Dallas, home of the Cowboys, 100,000-plus fans can be in attendance, that’s obviously an awesome scenario, but SoFi Stadium, brand-new facility out there in L.A., hmm, that makes quite the argument in its own right.”

Other highlights from the SI Media Podcast interview with Reigns:

  • Why he doesn’t have a desire to be famous
  • Is he one of these celebrities who doesn’t shower often?
  • His thoughts on John Cena’s The Suicide Squad
  • How hard it is to keep it together when Paul Heyman is cutting a promo
  • Stephanie McMahon’s backstage reaction to taking a spear at WrestleMania in 2017

You can listen to the full SI Media Podcast below.

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January 29th, 2021
 "Roman Reigns Responds to Undertaker’s ‘Soft’ Claim About Today’s WWE Superstars | Sports Illustrated Podcast + Article"

By Jimmy Traina Jan 29, 2021

WWE universal champion Roman Reigns appeared this week on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina and responded to the Undertaker’s recent claim that today’s superstars are “a little soft.”

“I think the product is a little soft,” the Undertaker (aka Mark Callaway) said on the Joe Rogan Podcast. “There are obviously guys here and there that have an edge to them, but there’s too much pretty [and] not enough substance I think right now.”

“In that era of guys, too, those were men,” he continued. “You go into a dressing room nowadays, and it’s a lot different.

“I remember walking into my first real dressing room, and all I saw were some crusty f—— men. Half of them had guns and knives in their bags. S— got handled back then. Now you walk in, there’s guys playing video games and f—— making sure they look pretty. It’s evolution, guess. I don’t know what it is, but I just like those eras, man. I liked when men were men.”

Earlier this week on After The Bell With Corey Graves, Bill Goldberg backed up the Undertaker’s stance. When asked on the SI Media Podcast what he thought about the older wrestlers’ trash talk, Reigns didn’t hold back.

“We do the same job,” said Reigns. “It’s not like the bumps got any worse or any better.”

It’s strange. I really feel like he misspoke. Because Mark is a really good guy. He’s very knowledgable. Obviously, he has a ton of respect for the business. Goldberg is just Goldberg. Who cares? But he’s talking about guns and knives in the locker room. Come on. You guys travel just like we did. Did you really get that stuff through security? TSA was just letting everything happen back then? continue reading

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September 29th, 2020
 "COMPLEX: Interviews Roman Reigns Talks WWE Mt. Rushmore, Heel Turn, The Rock, CM Punk + Best Sports Week Ever PODCAST"
COMPLEX: Interviews Roman Reigns Talks WWE Mt. Rushmore, Heel Turn, The Rock, CM Punk + Best Sports Week Ever PODCAST

Roman Reigns Talks WWE Mt. Rushmore, Heel Turn, The Rock, CM Punk + Best Sports Week Ever
Load Management | COMPLEX

Sep 29, 2020
On this week’s Tuesday podcast, Chopz, Adam, and Zion start the show with a friendly wager on the Indians vs. Yankees series before breaking down the Lakers vs. Heat NBA Finals matchup. Later in the show, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns joins the crew to talk about life in the WWE, his current run as champion, working with Paul Heyman, his recent heel turn, his WWE Mt. Rushmore and some dream matches that he has in mind against the Rock and CM Punk. See for privacy and opt-out information.


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September 22nd, 2020
 "Together in the Fight Against Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML): Roman Reigns’ Story: Podcast Interview"

The Bloodline with LLS spoke WWE Superstar, actor, and former professional football player, Joseph Anoai, who many may know as Roman Reigns. Apart from fighting opponents in the ring, Roman found himself fighting his biggest opponent yet after receiving his leukemia diagnosis back in 2007. Listen as Roman Reigns explains his cancer journey to our very own President & CEO, Dr. Louis DeGennaro.

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May 21st, 2020
 "Roman Reigns on 94.3 The Game w/Patrick Johnson Podcast"

Episode Info
WWE superstar Roman Reigns joins the Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 Edition of The Patrick Johnson Show to talk deciding not to wrestle for the WWE during the COVID-19 pandemic, his relationship with the company, his diagnoses of leukemia, and much more!!!

Here on the Patrick Johnson show got an interview coming up in just a few minutes with WWE Superstar Roman Reigns Ever since all of this broke out with covid-19 it affected sports and. we are experiencing the new normal of all of these major sporting events possibly being played or even being you know played without anybody in the stands WWE had to face this right around the time they were going to have their signature event of the Year WrestleMania.
One of the headline matches was Roman Reigns against Goldberg for the world championship Roman Reigns the WWE Superstar who is a two-time survivor of leukemia had Pull out of the event and also has held himself out because of his health situation, and he is unfortunately could be very susceptible to this covid-19 burlier this morning. I had a chance to speak to WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, and we talked about a myriad of topics including his relationship right now with World Wrestling Entertainment going on Saturday morning.
PJ: Good morning to you buddy. It’s great to have you on the Patrick Johnson show here. Just want to get an update. Update on how you’re doing physically right now with everything going on covid-19 is your health good
Roman: Right now things are good. And you know, I’m very blessed to be in a position where I still have a job and they’ve been very supportive of me, you know taking control of I guess my narrative and  protecting myself and my family I can’t thank of WWE enough, you know new babies  and the opportunity to protect their family.
PJ: So  just to clarify cause you know, there’s a lot of chatter about this. From wrestling fans you and the WWE are good right now, right?
Roman: Me and the WWE have always been good and we will always be good. They could fire me today and I would still be so grateful for the opportunities that I have been afforded in the times and you know, the memories and friendships and relationships that I created in WWE. WWW will Always be good with me. That’s for sure WWE
PJ: Superstar Roman Reigns joining us here on the PGA show today. Leukemia Survivor one-time College. All player with Georgia Tech and he is speaking today with the group LLS are on behalf of the group LLS the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We’re going to have a little bit more on that it just a minute plus another special guest joining us, but  Roman Reigns is on the phone line with us right now.
PJ: Roman as far as the decision to pull out of WrestleMania and kind of hold out right now while this pandemic is going on being a two-time leukemia Survivor. What went into that decision how much consulting did you do with your medical team? Maybe with the WWE’s medical team Etc.
Roman: You know, I had you know, the help of my doctors, LLS, but it was mainly just a personal choice that I had to make as an individual, you know, not only just for myself and my family but just, you know, for my community as well. I think that every scenario is different and we’re all individuals and we have to think like but I had to think for myself and you know make that choice for my family.
PJ: any time anyone hears the word cancer. It’s a scary diagnosis. I have to imagine it was both times, but maybe how was that diagnosis and you receiving that news different the second time around than the first time around for you
Roman: you know, I so young and there wasn’t a huge support system for me, the second time around I had you know a huge fear. I’m losing everything I had worked for, losing my job, losing my dreams. You know the first time it happened I had no clue what you know about being a wrestler being with WWE achieving the things that I’ve been able to achieve. So losing all that was very scary. But as soon as I shared it with the world to feel that that outpouring of support you know wrapped a huge security blanket wrapped around me. It just made me know that I made the right choice by sharing it and it just really shows the positivity that we still have in this world, but the internet and the connectivity of social media and some people really try to use it in a very negative way, but my story kind of showcases the positivity and the support.

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November 13th, 2019
 "WWE After the Bell: Here comes The Big Dog Podcast"

Roman Reigns and Finn Bálor join host Corey Graves on the latest WWE After the Bell. First, Corey reveals how he’d fix Survivor Series, and Roman Reigns calls in to divulge John Cena’s advice on how to be a modern locker-room leader. Then, Corey surrenders to the absurdity of the Rusev-Lana-Bobby Lashley love triangle on Raw and Finn Bálor reveals how returning to NXT allowed him to reclaim his creativity after years in the “machine.”

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September 6th, 2019
 "Leukemia Care Podcast with Roman Reigns 9/6/2019"

Roman Reigns sat with Leukemia Care UK to talk to about his CML diagnosis. Roman talks about the lack of awareness of leukaemia, whether the storyline was a work and the treatment he is undergoing.

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