Roman Reigns Says He’s Had A Rough Year, Fan Attack, More


Roman Reigns spoke with Sporting News promoting WWE’s new partnership with CharityBuzz. Check out the highlights:

On his ups and downs this past year: “It was kind of rough to be honest. Someone my age, we didn’t go through the Internet like how it is now. When I was a kid, I was outside sweating and running around. Me and the Uso’s were tearing up the yard or doing yard work for that matter. We didn’t have all these video games and these social media outlets. There weren’t cameras on every single device that you could think of. So it’s a little bit different. As an adult, I’ve always tried to be a good person my whole life so I’ve made good friends and I’ve always built great relationships and been friendly with people. I always think what you do to others will come to you so that’s how I treat people. When you deal with an Internet situation where all these people are attacking you for no real reason at all. You’re just going out there trying to entertain them, trying to give them something to get outside of their life, to get outside their reality and suspend belief for them. And then for them to attack you for no real reason. It’s not like I was trying to hurt anybody. I was just trying to do my thing, make my art the way I want it and have a good time and hopefully it reflects that. It’s just one of those things that once it’s opened up it’s eye-opening. It’s shocking, it’s hurtful but it’s just a part of the world. Just like anything else, any other form of bullying that the world’s dealt with, we’re going to get past it. Strong people are strong for a reason — they can hold that weight. God gave me broad shoulders because I can carry that load. It was a shock and awe factor at first but it’s a lot easier now for sure.”

On why fans jeered him: “I think, you know, it has a lot to do with how over Bryan is. To this day he’s just a phenomenal performer. I think everybody who’s ever been in an arena — you don’t even have to be in the ring with them — you have an appreciation for them. Even if you’re not into him, you still have to appreciate him and it was just the fact of what was happening is he was the most over guy we had. He was drawing people and they loved him. And the whole ‘YES’ movement was on fire. But at the same time, as a company, you have to continue to build other stars and build a future. I’m not a believer in that it’s just one guy. I believe in the team. I believe in having a great cast of good people and strong men around us to maximize the product. It just can’t be one person. I think it was a combination of me not being Bryan and just the Internet thing, like all the cool kids were banning against the jock. I don’t know. It was weird. But I think it just became a cool thing to boo me and it still happens a little to this day. It blows my mind but I’m still going to keep grinding and getting better. Anybody that says I have progressed and gotten 1000% better, you’re lying. You’re a bold faced liar.”

On the fan who attacked him with a MITB briefcase: “I didn’t press charges. Our security guy … I was to take this opportunity to thank all of our WWE security. They are world class. This is what it’s all about. This is right on topic They answered the call. These are the type of people we work with. We’re allowed and given such great opportunities to build relationships with former police officers and military and service men. I’m just so grateful that I had our security team there and they help me out so much because I go through the crowd, I go through the concourse. For them to have my back like that, I want to thank them for that. Our guy was there. He was there immediately. He neutralized the situation. He was outnumbered for a while but he didn’t back down and protected us and I can’t think him enough. But there’s no point. I didn’t get hurt. The guy, I think he learned his lesson. I think he at least got taken in for a night or so. I didn’t bleed. It could have been serious. If they guy would have hit me in my eye .. he hits my eye, takes my eye out. If it affects my career at all, the only thing I’m asking in a situation like that is to also remember I am an entertainer but I am a provider to a seven year-old little girl, to a wife and the rest of my family, my father, my mother. If you take that away from me, then you’re taking that away from me for such a stupid thing. ”

On CharityBuzz:“This is just another great opportunity. WWE — this is what it’s all about. This is what the platform should be used for are these types of benefits. It’s so unique, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for “Answer The Call”. It’s all about the New York Police and Fire widows and the children benefit fund. Our servicemen and the people who protect us in our country, they put their lives on the line. They really put their lives on the line. Not for entertainment but for security, for freedom, for piece of mind. We lose people, we lose heroes every single day and they leave people behind. If there’s anything we can do to help, to put a smile on anyone’s face and make someone’s day better, that’s what we’re here to do. For me, I would love to have the highest bid for this auction. Come and hang out with me backstage at Monday Night Raw, meet a bunch of other superstars. I’ll even buy you lunch.”

On seeing Cena’s nose get broken on RAW: “I was actually at home taking a few days off. I wasn’t at Raw that week but it was funny because I’m sitting down on my couch, flipping through the channels and I was like oh, the main event is on, I’ll check that out. Literally two minutes after I put the match on, Seth just whacked him in the face with that knee. As soon as I saw it, I was like that’s a finish right there. All you have to do is show a replay and that’s as devastating a move as any other ones. He definitely has a new weapon in play but if he tries to throw that knee in my face, I’ll break his knee with my forearm.”

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