Roman Reigns has been absent from WWE television since late March when he decided he wasn’t comfortable wrestling at WWE events during the current health crisis. Reigns has explained in the past that he has a family at home that he wants to make sure he protects. That family includes a wife and five kids including two newborn sons born a few months ago.
Earlier this week, Reigns was interviewed by WWE’s Kayla Braxton and they were joined by actor/comedian David Spade because Reigns appeared in the Netflix movie “The Wrong Missy” with Spade. Since we’re a wrestling site, we are going to focus on what Reigns said about professional wrestling, so thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcript.
Reigns spoke about how he wants to be at WWE shows, but he wants to protect his family. Reigns made it clear that he’s eager to get back to WWE.
“I just want everybody to be safe. I want to be there. I’ve spent the last ten years of my life dedicated to this trade, to this craft. Learning every single day. Everything… all the security that I have in my life now, to be able to protect my family and to be comfortable, is because of our fanbase, is because of the WWE Universe, and I just want y’all to remember that I’m so thankful, so grateful for everything that I’ve been able to earn, and all the experiences I’ve been able to go to, because it’s been an amazing ride and I can’t wait to get back to normal and entertain on a weekly basis.”
There’s no word on when Reigns might return to WWE although with the health crisis leading to more cities and states opening up more, perhaps he’ll return in the near future.
Reigns was asked about his WrestleMania 33 match with The Undertaker in 2017 because it was covered in WWE’s “The Last Ride” documentary that covered the match. A focus of the documentary is on The Undertaker being disappointed with the match with Reigns while noting that he needed hip surgery, which he got after that WrestleMania.
“Yeah I mean, you know after the match I saw him and we spoke, and then on the next year, I think they showed clips of it on the second episode, where he like, apologized to me. I had no clue that he needed hip surgery. I knew that he was beat up and any time you’ve been in the ring for 25 years-plus, you’re gonna have nagging injuries but to me a hip replacement, shoulder replacements… all that, pretty much every joint was beat up. I had no clue it was that bad. I could feel it. I could feel it unravel towards the end there, and I tried to do my best to just keep us on pace, but it was one of those things that when you’re a competitor like he is, a competitor that I think I am as well, you want to have perfection.”
Reigns praised The Undertaker for the connection he has with the fans.
“You want to be flawless out there, and for someone who’d done it like he has, I mean… in those four matches that he described, that were his masterpieces, with Shawn and Triple H, it hurts to not be in that category. Still, kudos to him. He’s a warrior to go out there and still place his body on the line, to sacrifice his health for our fanbase. You know… I think we can all agree that our fans are special and they have an attachment to our product like no other product in the world, no other form of entertainment in the world. So I think that just shows the bond that he has with our fanbase, and what he’s willing to do and sacrifice for them.”
Reigns was also asked about the big match at Backlash with Edge facing Randy Orton in what WWE has been billing as the “Greatest Wrestling Match of All-time” and Reigns was backing Orton in the match.
“My whole career, Randy’s been there. You know what I mean? And if we’re talking about the greatest wrestling match of all time, Randy Orton’s in probably the best shape of his life. He is, as far as being an in-ring competitor, he’s lubricated. I mean, you gotta really, to stay in ring shape, you gotta be in the ring constantly. So, I’m going t go with Randy Orton, but I know what’s on the line with Edge. I know what he’s trying to prove, and I mean… he’s just an inspiration. To be able to come back from those type of neck surgeries, you know… fusions, it’s a really cool story that we’ve been able to see with Edge, but I think it’s gonna end here.”
It’s always good to hear from Reigns. You can watch the full 13-minute interview with Reigns, Spade and Braxton below. The trailer of the Spade and Reigns movie “The Wrong Missy” is below that.