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January 29, 2021

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? Read more

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January 25, 2021

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Reigns also expressed his desire to continue working with Paul Heyman even in an off-screen capacityRoman Reigns’ spot as WWE’s top superstar was met with strong fan resistance for years, but the “Tribal Chief” is currently enjoying the best run o his career. Since making a surprise return at SummerSlam, Reigns has found new life — and critical acceptance — in portraying a heel character.

On Sunday, Reigns will continue within the run by meeting Kevin Owens in one of the featured matches on the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view card. Owens and Reigns have battled for months, with Reigns consistently getting the better of Owens both in and out of the ring. Owens has recently managed to turn the table, forcing Reigns into a Last Man Standing match at the event. Speaking with CBS Sports, Reigns explained what it is that has made his storyline with Owens so compelling.

“I think if you just looked at it on paper, he’s the exact opposite of me,” Reigns said. “We look different, we carry ourselves differently, we have different backgrounds. It’s just completely different presentations, and there’s something very interesting about polar opposites going at it and competing against each other to see who is the best. But, from the intangible standpoint, what KO brings to the table is his own way and own package — his relentlessness to be great.

“He has a passion to try to capture the next level and that, as performers, is something you have to have. The audience is looking for those stars who are trying to do that and be mega-stars and achieve the unattainable while pushing each other to the next level. We’ve beat the crap out of KO for months, and he gets up with a smile on his face wanting more. He’s a guy who, no matter what he’s put through, enjoys the upper echelon of the wrestling business and being able to tell very detailed, intricate and sophisticated wrestling narratives. That’s something he’s been craving his entire career. And to be able to do it in WWE after going through so much and probably having to swallow that “no pill” a lot through his career with a lot of people trying to tell him no. That’s something that he really showcases — that relentlessness to keep getting up, keep going and keep fighting.”

One of the early twists in Reigns’ new character was the addition of Paul Heyman as his advisor. Heyman had spent years at the side of Brock Lesnar, continuing his lengthy career as a figure with tremendous swagger, having built ECW into a force on his own creative genius before taking on a managerial role on-screen as well as a creative force behind the scenes in WWE.

With Reigns, Heyman’s swagger is largely gone and he is usually seen desperately looking to please Reigns and fearing the potential wrath of the universal champion. Their off-screen relationship is wildly different, and Reigns said the relationship has quickly built to the point where he can’t see a place in the future where he does not have Heyman by his side — even if they’re no longer paired on television. Read more

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January 25, 2021

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January 21, 2021

Graham GSM Matthews | January 21, 2021

There can be little doubt that WWE’s Roman Reigns is among the most compelling characters in all of wrestling right now.

His heel turn over the summer has resulted in arguably some of the best work of his career. In bringing to life his vision of what he wanted The Tribal Chief to be, he has rejuvenated Friday Night SmackDown and taken on all comers to his Universal Championship.

Reigns lives in Tampa, Florida, and he is expected to have a major role in the two-night extravaganza that will be WrestleMania 37 at the city’s Raymond James Stadium in April. Before then, though, he’ll have his hands full with Kevin Owens at the Royal Rumble on January 31 when they wage war in a Last Man Standing match.

In addition to confirming the site for this year’s installment, WWE also announced over the weekend that WrestleMania 38 will emanate from AT&T Stadium in Dallas in April 2022 as well as WrestleMania 39 taking place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles in April 2023.

Reigns is no stranger to The Show of Shows, having competed at almost every installment in the last decade since making his main roster debut. However, with the roll he’s on right now, it’s possible that we have yet to see the best of The Big Dog in WWE, specifically on a stage as grand as WrestleMania.

In an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report, Reigns took the time to talk about WrestleMania in Tampa, his heel run, how he’s reinvented himself, if he has any acting aspirations and more. Check out the complete audio of the interview on the next slide and stick around for the highlights.

Thoughts on WrestleMania Returning to Tampa This April

WrestleMania 36 was originally slated to happen in front of a sold-out crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa last April, a show that was supposed to see Reigns challenge Goldberg for the Universal Championship and likely walk out with the title once again.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic caused WWE to shift gears and hold it at an empty Performance Center instead. The Big Dog pulled out of the pay-per-view days beforehand as a safety precaution and stayed on the sidelines until making his much-anticipated return at SummerSlam in August.

It means the world to Reigns to have another opportunity to headline at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ stadium on April 10-11 this year after the unfortunate circumstances robbed him of that WrestleMania moment last year.

“One of the biggest things about WrestleMania and WWE is the relationship we have with the individual communities that we locate in,” he said. “It was really tough for us to miss it this past year in Tampa. Obviously I didn’t perform, but it takes a pretty big effect on the talent and the company when there isn’t a stadium involved packed full of fans. A week full of events and interaction with the fans, that’s what makes it so special.”

Stephanie McMahon confirmed to TMZ Sports on Tuesday that WWE plans to have fans in attendance at the event. And WrestleVotes later indicated it could be up to 25,000 people in the stadium each night.

Although this year’s WrestleMania won’t be as packed as it normally is, it will be a significantly more exciting experience for viewers than if it went down in the WWE ThunderDome. Reigns hopes that even in following all the proper protocols, The Show of Shows will still be a special occasion.

“This year, during a pandemic, it’s going to be what it is,” he said. “We definitely have to stay safe, but to be back in Tampa and to be able to get it done this year and to be able to have that opportunity to be hosted by Tampa Bay and use the Buccaneers’ stadium is really neat.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get some kind of attendance, whether it’s following the same type of protocols as the NFL or any other sports league,” he continued. “Hopefully we can get some fans in there and keep everybody very safe. That’s always the most important thing.”

What Is His Favorite WrestleMania Match to Date?

Reigns is no stranger to headlining WrestleMania, having been in the main event of The Show of Shows four straight years from 2015 to 2018. All of those marquee matches were against high-profile opponents in Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker and Triple H.

Also at the event, Reigns has dominated as one-third of The Shield and defeated Drew McIntyre after a long layoff. Of the many ‘Mania matches he’s had since in 2013, he still regards that first face-off with Lesnar from WrestleMania 31 as his favorite.

“I’d probably not want to do it again because it was brutal,” he said. “I was a much younger man back then. But that match, to me, was an instant classic unlike, really, any other sports-entertainment match.

“I think if you’re a grown man and you’re on the fence about wrestling and you’re like, ‘I don’t know, this is choreographed. This is like soap-opera stuff, right?’ I would suggest you watch that match. It just depends who’s doing it. There’s a little bit of something for everybody. I think the physicality Brock and myself brought to the stadium that night, it’s hard to match that, especially from the full-time perspective.”

Many fans would agree the match was a masterpiece and excellently executed from start to finish. The atmosphere, the electricity and the circumstances surrounding it made for the perfect storm, along with Seth Rollins’ surprise Money in the Bank cash-in at the end.

Despite Reigns’ loss, he went on to win the WWE Championship from Triple H the next year. He also became one of only two men to defeat The Undertaker on The Grandest Stage of Them All at WrestleMania 33.

There’s no telling what will be in store for the San Francisco 49ers fan when WrestleMania 37 comes around.

“That’s why they call it WrestleMania, because the biggest matches and moments happen in the biggest stadiums in front of the biggest crowds,” Reigns said. “They’re all special. Triple H, Undertaker, they’re all great. Read more

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January 21, 2021

 

Roman Reigns Always Wanted To Be Heel 1/21/2021
By Ryan Satin |FOX Sports WWE analyst

WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns has been on the run of his life since returning over the Summer as a heel (aka a bad guy, for you non-wrestling fans).

The character overhaul reinvigorated Roman’s WWE persona and validated his position at the top of the card in a new way.

For years, fans, wrestling legends, critics, even the wrestler himself felt like he’d be more compelling on-screen in a villainous role, and over the past six months we’ve learned that we were all even more right than we realized.

“The Head of the Table” character is perfect for Roman.

How did the long-awaited turn come about, though?

Reigns spoke openly with us about it this week in an interview covering how long he’s wanted to be a bad guy, why the pandemic era was the best time to take a gamble on it and how he’s changed the dynamic to his matches/in-ring storytelling in order to connect more with the viewers at home, instead of fans in an arena.

He also revealed his thoughts on when a potential WrestleMania match against his cousin The Rock makes the most sense.

RS: First I want to discuss the main thing we’re here to talk about and that is this weekend’s announcement regarding WrestleMania. 

How do you feel about WrestleMania 37 being relocated to Tampa, where last year’s show was originally scheduled to take place?

REIGNS: I just think it’s awesome. 

I think the commitment the WWE has to the communities that we pinpoint, those locations, means a lot to the economy and what we do for a city. Obviously, it was terrible being in a pandemic, going through these COVID times, but to not be able to put on a WrestleMania for Tampa was tough and to have to do it in the PC was – I wasn’t there – but it was quite different for everybody else, I know.

So, to be able to go back and bring that experience to the Tampa Bay area … I’m not exactly sure how it’s all going to go down as far as the attendance and all that. I know they’re still working that out, safety and keeping all the protocols up to par. Beyond that, obviously, is gonna be number one. It just feels good being able to go back to Tampa Bay and say we’re going to be able to do it.

RS: Totally. You mentioned the ticket availability thing and safety protocols and how they said all that will be announced in the coming weeks, but what will it mean to you and all the other performers if fans are able to come back to this show in some capacity. What will it mean to you to have all that energy back from the fans?

REIGNS: It would mean everything, to be honest.

It’s been tough. My whole career has been based off of reactions. Everything is due to interactions. That’s kinda always been my measuring stick.

Even when the fans hated me, it was still louder than everybody else. Everybody else can complain. They can bitch and complain about, “Oh, I don’t get this opportunity,” or “I should be like this,” or “I should be here,” “I should be the main event.” But, when it came down to it, my reaction was always way louder than everybody else’s.

There’s only one guy. Cena. That’s it, for obvious reasons … and he’s no longer here any more.

That’s the difference is we don’t have that. So, you have to be able to pull out different tools. You can’t be a one trick pony, and I feel like people called me that quite a bit during the first part of my career. Limited move set, what have you.

Being in this time, in these pandemic times, you gotta be able to pull out different layers to your performance, different attributes and show different tools. And that’s what I’ve done over the past six months is show a different side of me as a performer. Completely change the dynamics to my matches and the way people perceive my storytelling in-ring.

Added so much more dialogue; to now everybody cuts a promo while they’re wrestling … and they can’t! Because I’m the one that’s doing it at the top level.

So, when it gets compared to what I’m doing … I cried in the ring, for Christ’s sake! To be able to tap into these emotions and to be able to put on these type of performances, I just feel like I’m doing it at a different level and I’ve had to do that because I don’t have that security blanket of the reactions being really loud.

Hell, if I ever got to a point where it’s like, “Man, I don’t know what I want to do,” all I gotta do is sit still and look at the crowd and they’ll make some kind of noise, you know what I mean?

But, I don’t have that vehicle there any more. So, you have to really be smart about how you put on your performance nowadays.

RS: Without fans there, I feel like you guys have all had to really rethink the craft as a whole in general for all those reasons. You’re not making a person in the crowd pop anymore, instead you’re doing stuff that’s more focused on the TV viewer.

When you were away for a little while, did you kind of reconstruct how you were going to think when you returned to the ring and how you’d do things differently? Because, like you said, everything about you has been just a totally different character. 

You changed everything. The nickname, you’ve added more moves, you talk in the ring loudly now. Like you said, you cried once. Was this something that subconsciously you thought about while you were away to figure out how you were going to apply it to wrestling once you came back?

REIGNS: Yeah, I watched a couple of the shows. I did not follow it thoroughly. I tried to use as much of the time to be with my family and just really focus in and be present here at home, but on a few of the shows that I saw, I was just like, “Man, this is trash.” Like, you know what I mean?

And that’s me, from the very top, thinking this because I always want to be way better than everybody else. This is no disrespect to what they were doing. They were busting their ass working really hard.

But, for me, I was like, “Man, I just know when it’s time to pull my trigger, I know exactly what I want to do. I know exactly the kind of stories I want to tell and the different tools I want to utilize in order to connect with our crowd, our audience that’s watching at home.”

But, I knew it was all based off of emotion. I knew I had to be emotionally connected to what I was doing to be able to wear the skin of the character that I’m trying to convey to our audience. So, that was the most important thing is that I could completely focus in and concentrate 100% on what I was trying to do and the emotions that I was trying to convey throughout my narratives.

RS: This weekend WWE also confirmed WrestleMania 38 will take place in Dallas, Texas and WrestleMania 39 will happen at SoFi Stadium in L.A., instead of 37 as planned. 

One match that people want to see at one of those three WrestleManias is you versus the Rock. What do you think about all the chatter over that possible match and fans talking about how badly they want to see it happen?

REIGNS: I think it’s great. I think any time our fans are buzzing on a matchup, or buzzing on an event, I think that’s important. That’s what it’s all about is that water cooler talk, that fantasy warfare. Creating that escapism for our audience to discuss and debate and criticize and bring positive energy towards.

So, I would definitely think this one would be the one to wait for – and they might have to wait for it. Especially due to the lineup that you just spoke about.

This year, obviously we’re in Tampa. Next year, we’ll be in Dallas, and then we’ll go to Hollywood for [WrestleMania] 39, and I think it just makes sense. He’s the biggest movie star in the world. He’s the biggest box office attraction for the big screen out there.

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December 20, 2020

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November 21, 2020

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October 17, 2020

Paul Heyman finds himself at the start of a new challenge in his career after being relieved of his duties as executive director of “Monday Night Raw.” The 55-year-old is now the on-screen “special counsel to the tribal chief,” WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns, who is in the infancy of a long-awaited heel turn. Before standing in Reigns’ corner for his match with Braun Strowman on the season premiere of “Friday Night SmackDown” (Friday, 8.p.m, Fox), Heyman took time for some Q&A with The Post’s Joseph Staszewski.

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Q: Is this the version of Roman Reigns he was meant to play?

A: Yes. This version of Roman Reigns needed some experience, adversity, seasoning and age. We were doing the interview on last week’s SmackDown that Roman did behind this fantastic power desk and he delivered an interview regarding Jey Uso and a lesson that Roman learned from his father, who was a WWE Hall of Famer Sika of the Wild Samoans. And I said to Roman, do you realize you could not have presented this facet of your personality even two-and-a-half, three years ago. You were still too young.

Now when you look at him and you look at his face, now you see a more mature persona. You can sign off on the fact that he has a decade of experience on a day-to-day basis with enormous main event battles over the past 10 years.

Q: There were thoughts he should have turned heel a long time ago. But do you think this wouldn’t have worked as well if it had been done at an earlier time?

A: I find it very funny how everyone is so quick to jump the gun that we are presenting this purely villainous version of Roman Reigns. The reason why I say that is, we haven’t even scratched the surface of the depths this character can go to. We’re not even out of the gate yet when it comes to that. There’s a long narrative and a fascinating journey ahead. All we’ve done is taken away the kissing babies and smiling into the camera and trying to put smiles on people’s faces of his personality, which a lot of people had trouble buying into from the get-go.

That’s always the responsibility and the obligation of the top star. I think it’s very accurate to say that what you’re seeing now is what they like to call a shoot because you’re seeing the weight and the pressure and the enormous burden that a top star, whether it be in WWE, the NBA, the NHL, the NFL, Major League Baseball, the No. 1 rated series on television, the biggest box office attraction in movies, the pressure and the weight and the burden is enormous on these people. And what you’re seeing is a characterization of someone living with that burden on a moment-by-moment basis and what it can do to you and the addiction that a perfectionist like Roman Reigns will develop over staying at that level above everyone else. Read more

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October 15, 2020

Since making his surprise return at SummerSlam, Roman Reigns has been one of the consistent highlights of all WWE programming. From his sizzling promos to a unique storyline involving his cousin, Jey Uso, Reigns is clicking better than he ever has in his already-impressive career.

Reigns was sidelined at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a product of an enlarged spleen making it unsafe for the leukemia survivor to compete in an uncertain environment. As Reigns told CBS Sports, the locker room leader being forced to sit out during a difficult time for the company and its performers was a double-edged sword.

“You know, it was tough, but I tried to just focus on things I could control and the time with my family,” Reigns said. “For a long time — and I think maybe the reason people consider myself a locker room leader is the dedication to my craft and to the performance and to our locker room and being there for those guys and not only being where I worked as far as my character but really being there in the locker room and being approachable and going through the grind with those guys. I think I was able to earn the respect when they saw how I carried myself and how I operated on a daily basis and the work output that I put in. But, for me, it was either dwell on the negatives because, yeah, I wanted to be there and wanted to help the team and help the product, but it was also very nice to be able to help my family and be there for my children and my wife and create a little bit of a solid foundation and structure in these crazy times.

“For me to be home when everything is in question and it’s scary just to go to the grocery store, I think that was something critical for my household to see that mom and dad are doing this together and they’re spearheading this thing and taking it on as it comes. But I won’t lie, there’s something very gratifying about going to work and doing your job at a high level and earning and providing for your family. Luckily, the work that I put in in the past and up to that point, it built a good equity with WWE all the way to the fact that nothing changed for me. I was still fortunate enough to receive my paycheck and take care of my family. We’re in a very blessed situation to be able to stay home and still operate as a household and family but have security and food on the table.”

Reigns’ return saw “The Big Dog” become “The Tribal Chief,” shifting from a longtime status as one of the company’s top faces to a role as its top heel. Reigns paired off with advocate Paul Heyman and made it clear he had returned to action with no concern for how he was perceived as he recaptured the universal championship.
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October 15, 2020

By Ryan Satin

Paul Heyman is never at a loss for words.

The former Executive Director of Raw, who recently re-appeared on WWE TV as “The Special Counsel” to Roman Reigns, has been a key component in the Universal Champion’s new heel persona.

This week, “The Tribal Chief” will once again be put to the test during the season premiere of Friday Night SmackDown, when he defends the Universal title against Braun Strowman in an epic clash of behemoths.

But before that happens … Heyman sat down for a chat with FOX Sports to talk about everything transpiring lately around the champ – and, as you’d expect, he had lots to say.

Paul also spoke candidly about working as the Executive Director of Raw and how his time in the position ended with a mutual appreciation between he and Vince McMahon.

RS: Right off the bat, since returning, I just want to know how it’s felt seeing the work you and Roman Reigns have been doing be so universally praised by everyone watching. 

PH: We’re very worthy of it. As a matter of fact, I think the praise is understated. I think Roman Reigns and I both continue to be quite unappreciated by the sports, the entertainment and the sports entertainment world. But we’re starting to get there now.

RS: In what way do you feel he is unappreciated? 

PH: I don’t think people understand just how far ahead Roman Reigns is from everybody else. I don’t think people really appreciate how great of a Universal champion Roman Reigns is.

I don’t think anyone, besides FOX, understands the enormous box office appeal of Roman Reigns. Which is why Roman Reigns is main eventing the season premiere of FOX this Friday against Braun Strowman.

This is part of the convergence of circumstances that led to Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman appearing together on television, is the fact that Roman Reigns is so remarkably unappreciated.

That so many people have taken Roman Reigns for granted over the years and don’t really acknowledge the level of performance that he brings forth in WWE.

RS: I think, as of late, especially since he’s come back on TV, I think it’s been very evident that he is “the guy.” For a long time, people wanted to push back on that. But I don’t think there is any denying now, when you see how he’s being presented with you by his side, that Roman Reigns is the biggest performer in all of wrestling.

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