WWE Superstar Roman Reigns was recently interviewed for the Cheap Heat podcast, talking about many subjects.
"The Big Dog" is aware of all the clamor to see him turn heel. He's heard the rumors and he's not interested. He likes the mixed reaction he gets from the crowd.
"I mean, when you win and you're whooping a lot of ass, you're not that angry. Do you know what I mean? Like, I've been successful and whatever we've been doing, it seems to be working and it seems to continue to have loud reactions and nobody has been to more [professional] wrestling shows than me and the other guys on the roster." Reigns added, "There's one thing that I know and that's listening to what kind of reactions are happening. 'Who's in the crowd? Are they kids? Are they women? Are they men? Are they men my age? Are they men older than me? Are they men younger than me?' So there are a lot of different things that are happening there."
"The one thing I like about my situation and if I think I were to commit to one, 'I'm a bad guy now - I'm pissed and I'm going to try to take everybody out' then it's only one, like, 'boo'. Do you know what I mean? But when I'm out there, there's all kinds of noise. There's all kinds of chants. It's pandemonium, man. That's how I like it."
Well, there's no doubt. Whether you love him or you hate him, you're very passionate about him.
When looking back on The Shield, who Reigns believes was a Top Five faction all time, the one regret he has is that they didn't get a extended run as babyfaces before they were split up.
"I think we're definitely in the top five. It's tough because you have different situations within companies with nWo, DX, the whole company war, the ratings war, and stuff like that. The difference between The Shield and everybody else is we didn't have names. Seth and Dean, they were kind of indie darlings, so they had a little bit of an internet buzz, but as far as casual fans and mass media, nobody knew who they were. Nobody knew who I was. I didn't have any [professional] wrestling following, so for us to come in and make a name for ourselves, I think that speaks a lot. And to come in to the position that we came in, working right away with top dogs, and then, slowly taking over the main event scene. I still, to this day, feel like we broke up too early. I really do. I think we had a really nice babyface run in us, but it just is what it is."
You can listen to the entire podcast at this link.