Roman Reigns was the first guest on a new WWE Network show called “Straight to the Source,” hosted by Corey Graves. In a no-frills approach to the interview format, the two men were seated at the top of an empty arena just chatting about the wrestling business, likely several hours before Raw went live. It was a recent interview as well, because they referenced Survivor Series, which is only a few weeks old at this point.
The most interesting part of the show was when Reigns talked about his place in the wrestling business.
“You know, I’m the best performer in-ring in the world right now. You can go to my matches and my pay-per-views over the last three years and you can say I’m an idiot [for thinking that] or you can be like, ‘Man, he’s got a point.’ You know what I mean? I didn’t come here for any other reason.”
A bold statement for sure. I have no doubt that Reigns believes that about himself, but you can imagine a lot of people are going to take issue with that claim. Names like AJ Styles, Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada come to mind as the best in-ring performers right now, among others. Reigns is definitely an elite pro wrestler, and better than his haters think.
Here’s how Reigns replied when Graves asked if he’s WWE’s top guy now:
“Every day of the week. This is the top of the mountain. Point blank … period.”
Considering Reigns has main evented the last three WrestleManias, including this year against The Undertaker, it’s easy to see why he feels that way. When Reigns was asked about the fans cheering him at times and other times booing him out of the building, Reigns didn’t seem bothered by it.
“I love it. And that’s weird because I want them to do what they want, but I want to go out and know in my heart and in my soul that I put my everything in this. That’s the best reaction you can get, because it’s a reaction. Regardless if you like me or not, you’re gonna make some kind of noise. Nobody wants empty seats, and no noise is a bad thing. As long as they show up, do what you want to do — you paid your hard-earned money and have a good time. We’ve been broke before, I’ve been on your floor eating Thanksgiving dinner, so have a good time, stay safe and have a good time.”
In addition to all of that, Reigns spoke about how he dealt with the mumps illness that put him on the shelf for about three weeks a few months ago, which caused him to miss TLC. Reigns said it was such a serious illness that he had to stay quarantined in the hospital and a hotel room to keep him away from other people until he got better.
Here’s a preview clip of the Reigns interview, talking about the return of The Shield. For the rest of it, check out WWE Network now.