When it comes to Roman Reigns, Sheamus isn’t mincing words about how there are a lot of guys that wished they got the TV time that The Tribal Chief gets.
The main event of tonight’s WWE SummerSlam Premium Live Event will see Roman Reigns defend the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against his cousin Jey Uso in a Tribal Combat Match.
Meanwhile, the veteran future WWE Hall of Famer Sheamus will be part of the SummerSlam Battle Royal, which was only announced one week ago.
During the three-year run of Roman Reigns as The Tribal Chief, Reigns has main evented nearly every show he has wrestled on, but this year in particular, Reigns has worked a lighter schedule than any year of his career. That lighter schedule started last year.
As for Sheamus, the 46-year-old Celtic Warrior is having “banger after banger” matches meaning they are always very good or great with the fans reacting to everything he does.
While talking to the Daily Mail, Sheamus fired some shots at Reigns.
“Yeah, I mean he has a luxury of wrestling five times a year. You know what I mean? That makes a big star… let’s be honest, before he went away with Covid, people didn’t give a s**t about him. He was the big babyface who was wrestling Goldberg and nobody really cared.”
“I think in the same way it benefited me to come back and wrestle in that empty arena at Thunderdome where people got to see how physical I really can be and allowed me to have that more freedom and settle into my own skin and just say: ‘screw it, I’m going to go out there and have fun, do what I’m gonna do.’ In the same sense, it benefitted him, because he was at a point where it was forced down people’s throats and he got to go away and come back in this different character.”
Sheamus Believes Others On The Roster Need Story Time Too
As he continued, Sheamus added that a recent Roman Reigns segment went 20 minutes longer than it was supposed to, so that affected the whole show.
“Obviously there’s the luxury of getting all the storyline time and everything. I feel like he’s made the most of the opportunity he’s had, but I feel like there’s guys on the roster begging for that amount of time to tell their own stories and that’s one of the only things that’s going. The rest of the roster needs story time too.”
“With MSG [Madison Square Garden] a couple of weeks ago, they went 20 minutes over. So me and Theory had two segs which ended up turning into three small segs on the floor, you know, so that’s tough as well to go out and do that.”
“It’s definitely benefited him a lot and Heyman and the story they have to tell, all within that family and stuff, but as I said there’s plenty of other people on the roster that could do with story time as well. I’m not taking anything away from him, I’m just saying.”
The full lineup for SummerSlam is below.
- Tribal Combat Match For the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Jey Uso
- Brock Lesnar vs. Cody Rhodes
- World Heavyweight Championship: Seth “Freakin” Rollins (c) vs. Finn Balor
- WWE Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Bianca Belair vs. Charlotte Flair
- Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
- MMA Rules: Ronda Rousey vs. Shayna Baszler
- Logan Paul vs. Ricochet
- SummerSlam Battle Royal
You can watch SummerSlam streaming live on Saturday, August 5, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else.