Roman Reigns, who turned 34 years old three days ago, is back in full swing in WWE after returning to the company earlier this year following his battle with leukemia. Reigns was part of the grueling European tour earlier this month that lasted two weeks. Reigns is also the face of WWE in a lot of ways and is a big reason why the “Wild Card Rule” is in effect on Raw and Smackdown that has led to him appearing on Raw regularly even though he’s a Smackdown guy. Basically, WWE wants him to be on both shows since they view him as a big star.
Recently, Reigns took part in a Q&A with Newsweek covering some different topics. Here are some highlights.
How does he feel about his return to WWE TV earlier this year?
I feel good, man. I feel blessed. To be able to go through this past month pretty slowly, it’s an endurance war. European tour, television – this is my third television show this week – and I have plenty of other stuff going on this week. But to be where I’m at I really feel extremely fortunate, and it’s cool. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little tired getting to the end of this week but it’s been a hectic couple of weeks. It’s been really nice to be back around so many of my loved ones and co-workers that I have a good relationship with. To be around them and to be present, it feels nice.
What is it like feuding with Shane McMahon?
I love it man. Shane is an authority figure but like I said Monday night he’s a spoiled rich kid. He’s out here trying to play with his dad’s toys. It’s funny to me, it’s not being in there with Vince or with Stephanie he’s a different character and we’ve all known that dude in high school. In your head you’re just like “screw this guy.” He may have thrown the party but he’s the biggest douche in the room. That’s what‘s cool, that character and we’re able to do that and we’re able to connect with that. But for me it’s fun because I did this, I grinded for mine. The way I feed my children I clocked in every single day, I sacrificed and been away for a long time. So it’s a completely different character that I’m going up against so I think that’s cool.
What is your stance on working the Super Showdown event in Saudi Arabia on June 7?
It gets a lot of mixed and negative reactions. The bottom line for me is, if we’re going to help promote change, if we’re going to set out to make an impact than I have to be a part of it. I’m not going to sit on the sideline and talk about how we can get there. I want to be a part of the action. I look at it as being a part of the solution while still respecting cultures, but it’s a big world and I want to experience all of it. So if we can help make a positive impact that’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to put smiles on everyone’s faces. We don’t discriminate, that’s our goal to help and promote positivity and take that to every inch of the world.
How does it feel being the “poster boy” for WWE moving Smackdown to Fox this October?
It feels good, but there’s a lot of responsibility and there’s going to be a lot on my plate. I take that responsibility very seriously and it’s going to be a great opportunity not just for me but for other superstars and the company. We’re going to get to show what we do at a very high level and why we’ve done it for so long at that elite level that no one else can compete with so for me I’m extremely proud because I can’t wait for that. It’s going to be a huge jump for us a lot of eyes on us that’s also just sports entertainment.
You can check out the full Roman Reigns interview with Newsweek right here. Thanks to them for posting it.