Roman Reigns on If He Wants a Match with The Rock, Why Fans Still Boo Him, His Entrance
– Roman Reigns recently did a Q&A with Brian Fritz of The Orlando Sentinel to promote WWE’s WrestleMania 32. You can check out the full article at this link. Below are highlights:
Q: Why do you think you’re still getting that negative reaction from some people? It seems like the most vocal people are mostly guys.
A: “I think there’s a few different reasons why. You could name a bunch of them. I don’t think we could actually put a finger on one and say this is the reason why. Typically if you hear the boos, it generally is grown men my age and I’m not really in this business for the grown men. (laughs) I’m in this business for the families. That’s what we are; we’re a PG product. We’re a family-based product. We’re here to entertain families and give them enjoyment. If you’re a 30-year-old man and you want to flip me off at a kids show, then, hey, like I said, you paid your money but just be careful because you could get kicked out.”
Q: How is your nose and what surgery did you have on it?
A: “My nose is doing a lot better. I can breathe and it’s straight so that’s good. That was what we were hoping for is to knock out two birds with one stone. I had a deviated septum which, if you’re not familiar with that, it’s pretty much the middle part that divides the nose so it’s kind of the inside of the nose. It was broken pretty much into an S or a V-type look. So one of my nostrils was smaller than the other.
Due to travel, I go in and out of allergies. Anytime I would get any type of allergies, it makes your nostrils swell up and you can’t breathe and you get congested. I pretty much couldn’t breathe out of one nostril at that point and then it would close up the other one so I pretty much had half a nostril to breathe out of. So we needed to get that fixed. They went in and fixed the deviated septum. The outer part of my nose had been crooked and hit so many times over the past six months that it bowed on me so they went ahead and straightened that out for me. That way we wouldn’t have to do this all over again and take another two weeks or three weeks off. It was something I just needed to get done, that way I could breathe and continue to perform.”
Q: The last couple of times you’ve been on TV, you’ve come down the ramp like everybody else instead of through the crowd. (Since his WWE debut, Reigns had come to the ring through the audience.) Is that going to be the norm going forward?
A: “I think so. I think we’re getting to a point now where it’s full gas pedal down, no BS, trying to get to that ring as fast as possible. That’s where the business is going to go down so I think that’s going to be the best bet, that straight shot to get in there.”
Q: Your cousin The Rock is going to be a part of this year’s WrestleMania. Do you think the two of you will ever have a match?
A: “I don’t know. That depends on what goes down in Dallas I would think. You have to tune in — check it out.”
Q: Do you want a match with him?
A: “He’s The Rock. He’s the biggest movie star and biggest name in Hollywood right now. Why wouldn’t I want to punch that in the face a couple of times?”
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