Otis misses "The Big Dog."

The absence of Roman Reigns has caused a shake-up over on Friday Night Smackdown which has seen Braun Strowman capture the WWE Universal Championship and even made room for Otis to ascend the ranks on Friday nights.

Speaking with Sportskeeda, Otis, the new Mr. Money in the Bank openly discussed Roman Reigns' absence from WWE proclaiming that he misses the locker room leader and will be giving him a big bear hug once he returns to SmackDown.

“Roman's just beloved by everybody. The company keeps on going, the train keeps going on. I can't tell you how many times it's been a joy just seeing him around. For a guy who's at the top of his game, he is genuinely loved by everybody. We genuinely miss him. There's a lot of backstage laughs that we probably miss without him,” said Otis. “When he comes back, it's going to be even sweeter. I'll give him a nice big bear hug when I see him. Squeeze him. Not too hard but give him a little squeeze. He doesn't like my bear hugs too much. But yeah. It's going to be great seeing him back and I hope he stays safe, baby.”

Otis will be teaming up with his “peach,” Mandy Rose to take on their sworn enemies, Dolph Ziggler and Sonya Deville in Mixed Tag action on the May 22 episode of Friday Night SmackDown.

Fightful will have live coverage of the episode beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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