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December 24th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews,WWE.Com

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Barring incident, Roman Reigns will close 2015 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, which is a far sight better than the way he started it.

After winning the 2015 Royal Rumble Match to a less-than-enviable reception from a Philadelphia crowd who wanted to see Daniel Bryan go the distance, The Big Dog mounted what was, in essence, a yearlong redemption tour he hadn’t planned on. Rebuilding his game from the ground up, Reigns clawed his way back from a heartbreaking WrestleMania loss to finally put all the pieces together and capture not only the title, but something far more elusive: The favor of a WWE Universe that had turned hostile.

Seven days after Reigns’ year came full circle, WWE.com called up the new champion to discuss the ups and downs of his 2015, from sharing the ring with Bryan to finally winning the “respect” of the crowd at the end of the craziest year in … well, ever.

WWE.COM: Going into 2015, you had just won Superstar of the Year and were coming off of an injury. What were your expectations for the year ahead?

The Royal Rumble was a very important part of the process.ROMAN REIGNS: I wasn’t even expecting that award. To be honest, I had no clue I was in the running. I wasn’t even paying attention because I was off rehabilitating the hernia and trying to get back. For me, my mental focus was getting healthy and getting back to where I could travel and make it to town after town and wrestle every single night. I was just trying to get back into the game.

WWE.COM: You and Daniel Bryan were both in the Royal Rumble Match. Were you worried about a potential crowd reaction in the same way that had happened the previous year?

REIGNS: No, I wasn’t concerned with D.B. being out there. If anything, I was happy he was out there, because he was coming off his injury, too. To have two guys coming back that can both contribute every single day, I never think that’s a bad thing. In hindsight, seeing how the reactions went, it didn’t help. But it is what it is, and everything happens for a reason. For me, it was an important part of the process.

WWE.COM: What process was that?

REIGNS: Getting better. Getting more experience, dealing with a hostile crowd. Learning. And that’s what spurred most of the progression, I think, is being in that situation and being able to learn from that.

WWE.COM: People always talk about the reaction when something goes right. Was it difficult for you to compete that night, knowing the reaction to your win wasn’t what you wanted it to be?

REIGNS: Yeah, absolutely. When we’re out there, it’s all based on passion and emotion. We go through these emotional roller coasters. You see us in pain, you see us in a frenzy, and that’s all part of the process. When [the crowd is] coming down heavy on you, it’s hard. And it took a lot out of me that night and for the weeks to come. Luckily, and with God favoring me, I was able to continue to push and learn and continue to grind and get to this point.

WWE.COM: The next night, Raw was actually reformatted into a studio show due to a snowstorm. How did it feel to get the chance to just talk without a crowd on your back?

REIGNS: That night was cool for me. I enjoy switching things up and going through different processes. A lot of times it can be monotonous doing what we do, week in and week out. It’s a new town, but it’s a similar building and the same routines can go down. So for us to switch that up and for me to have that one-on-one time and be able to talk to Paul Heyman with only a few players in that studio, it felt a lot more focused.

WWE.COM: At WWE Fastlane, you faced Daniel Bryan with your WrestleMania spot on the line. Were you worried that was going to be the end of the line for you?

REIGNS: I was confident. Was I feeling crazy at the time? Yeah. You never know what can happen. Especially in this industry, with how hard we go and the schedule we run. Injuries can happen at any time. But when the bell rings and I’m in the ring between those ropes, it’s up to me to get it done and I have full confidence in myself every single time.

WWE.COM: Knowing what you had gone through and what the WrestleMania crowd was like, how do you feel about your performance against Brock Lesnar in the main event?

I have a great support system and a family that loves me.REIGNS: I stand on that performance. That was a fight out there and the crowd knew it. Regardless of how they felt about me when I walked in, they certainly felt a definite way when I left, and I think that’s respect. I think that’s what’s helped me along this full year’s process. They can see I come out every single night and I’m not playing about this big-fight thing. I do it different than anybody else, because I’m willing to bang heads every single night. I don’t think anybody else could have gone out there with Brock Lesnar and do what I did. I stand by that and I’m proud of it. My father and my mother were in the front row watching and they got to see their son go toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar. Not many people can say that.

WWE.COM: You mentioned the whole year was a process of improvement. Looking at what you had done and what you had yet to do after that WrestleMania match, what did you single out as something you needed to address to push you forward?

REIGNS: For me, everything. I don’t try to single out anything. When I first started, they said this is 24/7. It’s not a job, it’s a life. When all is said and done, I’ve only been in this business for five and a half years. I’m still just scratching at the surface. I haven’t even gotten to the big stuff yet. I feel like I’m growing in front of the crowd’s eyes, and that’s something to be a part of. If God keeps me healthy, I’ll continue to do that and run into this wall head-first until I break it down.

WWE.COM: Do you find it difficult to tune out any negative reactions to what you do?

REIGNS: It’s something I’ve had to teach myself over the past few years, because I am a person that cares. I do. I wouldn’t be in this business and do what we have to do and go through all the stuff we have to put up with if I didn’t care. Sometimes I have to pull myself back [and remind myself] the world is a big place. Don’t focus on the negativity. Focus on the positivity and the people that want you to do well, then, do it for them and for yourself. Sometimes I do things for myself; sometimes I do things for my family; sometimes I do things for my friends. There’s a great system where I’m not doing this just for one dream, I’m doing this for a bunch of people’s dreams. I have a great crew and a great family that loves me.

WWE.COM: Fast-forward to WWE TLC and your big moment where you destroyed Triple H after your match with Sheamus. Did that feel as epic to you as it did to watch?

REIGNS: I haven’t been able to watch much of the stuff back I’ve done in the past few weeks. But one thing I notice is anytime me and H are in the ring together, there’s always that buzz. You can feel it, there’s a tingle in the air. Regardless, when you have that buzz, it’s going to get to the physicality, so that’s how it’s got to go down.

WWE.COM: It sounds like the story of the year is that you’re more comfortable when you just fight people.

REIGNS: That’s just what I want to do: Create a path that’s unknown. It’s hard in this business and this world we live in to trail-blaze. To create something different and do your own thing is hard nowadays. That’s what I want to do. I want to take these matches to a whole new level and break that bar. That’s what I said ever since I got here: I just want to leave this place better than I found it, continue to raise that bar for my family and continue to push our legacy.

WWE.COM: What was it like to win the title in the same building as the Royal Rumble and hear the crowd finally coming around?

REIGNS: That, for me, was the icing on the cake. That was a full year of work and focusing in and keeping my head down, doing what I had to do and not letting anybody tell me differently. Not getting caught up in the B.S. of what everybody’s saying online or what somebody somewhere is blogging about. It’s just about me staying with my process, knowing I have a great support system. I surround myself with the right people, I believe in myself and I think it shows that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want — even if it’s dealing with thousands of crazy Philly fans. [Laughs.] Anything is possible.

 

Credit: WWE.com

November 12th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

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WWE Star Roman Reigns serves 20minutes and talks about his preparation, his private life and what motivates him. He confesses that his biggest idol is his mother, who has always been his hero. The full interview can be read below it has been translated from Spanish to English for you. Credit to 20minutos.es for the article/interview.

What do football and wrestling have in common?

Touching and how aggressive they are both. The main difference is that while there is only football competition, wrestling is a mix of competition and performance and you have to be mentally tough and physically to do both but the dynamics of a sport to another, is different. Wrestling is very important and the murderer instinct is something I’ve developed in football.

What discipline requires greater dedication?

If you want to be the best at whatever you do in life it requires dedication is 100%. I do not think one requires more effort than the other. If you want to be really good at what you do you have to focus on it. No difference in the WWE.

What would you say has been the biggest perk that has brought wrestling?

All my experience at WrestleMania, being in this position with its opportunities and responsibilities. I enjoyed every minute. They have been a couple of hard weeks of preparation, but the rewards are worth it. Just I am thinking about being up there, feeling people screaming, sharing the ring with a guy like Brock Lesnar and living in the moment.

How do you juggle your personal life with work?

It’s hard because they are not very compatible. My job is 24/7 and can not leave because I can not stop being Roman Reigns. When I go home or I’m with my family, I want to focus on them and enjoy the moment. But when I go out to dinner somewhere, I’m recognized and people want to take a picture, there are many things you have to consider. That’s the hardest part with not being at home all the time I’d like. So when I’m trying to make the most of every second.

How much work behind the struggle do we see in the show?

Dieting and workouts are part of the construction of our body. It’s another type of dedication because this is a performance it’s aesthetic, you must be physically fit. Part of the lights and shadows of wrestling. It is not easy because it involves your work schedules being a bit crazy but to get what you want, everything I feel passion for will require sacrifices. I would be at home as long as I could, but it’s a sacrifice I have to do, I can not earn money sitting on the couch. Hitting the road and going on tour in cities is going to build the future for my family.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest idol is my mother. She has always been my hero. She has dealt with everything and has brought up her children. She was a single parent for a long time. I can assure you, no doubt, that I learned how to be a good man to see a strong woman.

What are the stories behind your tattoos?

It’s a family story. All my relatives have them. Among many cousins ​​who are in the business is our way of recognizing our bloodline. It is something we are proud to show the world and where we come from speaking, which is a blessing for us.

What goes through your head when you are against your rival?

I want to smash his face.

On your Twitter account several boys dressed you this Halloween. How does it feel to generate such admiration?

For me to have an impact, creating a personality, something that people can lean and inspire to be, it is the best the WWE Superstars can do for anyone: to become a role model.

Shirts, necklaces, gloves, toys and now a video game … How is having your face in so many places?

Never in a million years imagined I’d have my own shirt, toys with my name or would be in video games. I was a football player in college and thought that was the coolest thing in the world. I is not going through my head that there could be nothing better. It makes me feel very lucky.

What has led to the injury of Seth Rollins? Would you say that in your favor? It is a disadvantage. I do not care which side are the throats of each. The last thing you want is to see anyone hurt. It is true that in the competition we attacked and we hurt, but never want your competitor injured. Rollins is a very tough opponent, I just hope that the story is restored before his knees heal and he moves his ass back to the ring , because we need him.

 

 

September 9th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles

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Season 2 of “The Faithful” will air Sunday nights on NBC Bay Area and 49ers.com every week of the 2015 regular season following “Sunday Night Football.”

Learn more about some of the stories soon to be told by 49ers Studios by checking out this Q&A with vice president and executive producer, Robert G. Alberino Jr.

Q: Why should fans of the San Francisco 49ers watch ‘The Faithful?’

A: I think fans should watch “The Faithful” simply because it’s probably the best regional sports show that I have ever been a part of. In my two decades of production work, I don’t think I have ever put as much energy or effort into covering stories that touch on team history and fandom. I think the show is so above what regional programming is all about for the fan. We believe these are the highest quality stories we can be telling, and we are choosing between hundreds upon hundreds of stories. These truly are stories you should know if you are a 49ers Faithful.

Q: When you watch the trailer for season 2, there are a wide variety of topics, there is something for everybody. Can you tell me about the process of being an EP and making an all-encompassing show?

A: One of the biggest goals each year is to try and cover as much ground as possible and touch as many demographics as possible. There are stories about tremendous former 49er greats playing this game, there are stories steeped in history where the protagonist is a woman, there are stories where the protagonist is a man. It might be about fans; it might be about celebrities. It might be music and bands.

Across all fronts, I think ‘The Faithful’ literally covers ages 2 to 92, men, women, different demographics. It really is a parallel to our fan base and shows how so many people have the DNA of the 49ers printed all over them. We didn’t want to niche ourselves: this is football this isn’t X’s and O’s. We wanted to make sure it enclosed all of these boundaries. Q: There appears to be a lot of star power in this season from Colin Kapernick to Navorro Bowman, the Imagine Dragons, WWE’s Roman Reigns and so on. What’s it like for you to get to see the celebrities in a different light?

A: The best part about telling a story about somebody is when you find out who the person is and you really find out who they are as a human being. I mean Jeremy Renner, who we shot in season 1, was certainly one of those guys. The Imagine Dragons are certainly those guys. Roman Reigns, without a doubt. Carlos Alazraqui, have too throw him into the mix. They are real people, and they are people that you would want to connect with, and they want to connect with fans just like them. I’ve kept in touch with every single one of these people who we’ve featured on the show and it makes you want to work harder for the people because you truly know what kind of people they truly are. Working with a celebrity is great because you realize they care about all of the things you care about. And of course, they are die-hard 49ers fans, and they are honored to be a part of it.

Q: If I want to watch season 1 of “The Faithful,” how I can watch a marathon and also stay updated with season 2?

A: Every Sunday night season 2 of “The Faithful” will air. After “Sunday Night Football,” you can watch the show locally on NBC in the Bay Area. It’s a heck of a time slot for a regional program right after some of the NFL’s marquee games on a weekly basis. Globally, you can watch it on 49ers.com over and over again, anyway you would like to. If you have not seen it before, if this is the first time your hearing about it, go back and watch season 1 as well as season 1 of “Forty Niner Way.” Season 2 of Forty Niner Way will also air locally on Saturdays during the regular season.

Our shows are archived, too. All you have to do is go to the video page on 49ers.com, scroll underneath the video channel on the drop down menu and find the show of your choice. Go back and binge watch. If you don’t set your DVR to watch this show locally, you’re just going to hate yourself because the show has that much flavor this year. It is that much better than it was last year.

Q: How can fans follow along on social media?

A: On social media, 49ers Studios’ Twitter account has sort of taken on it’s own life. One of my favorite things about a movie or a television show is when someone adds context to a scene or shares information on an actor or the way a director did something. I think it’s really cool to know there is some other inside joke or a special meaning to something we watch on screen. During the shows, we are going to tweet and take you behind the scenes so we can give you the inside scoop on things you’re watching. I think it’s a great way to follow along with the show when it’s live, but it’s also fun to share everything 49ers Studios is doing to get the shows delivered to our fans.

You can also send me tweets, @robertalberino. You can tell me what you like about the shows, what you hate about the shows. My skin is super thick. We all want to know what we are doing right; we want to know what we are doing wrong. I mean we have heard from people all over the world. In fact, this morning I got an email from somebody in Scotland and they want to know exactly how to watch the show. They said they’ve seen the show from last year and they want to know the best way to view it. We are talking with people on every corner.

Q: If I’m a fan and I want to be on season 3 of “The Faithful,” how do I get my information to you? A: We start shooting season 3 in October or November believe it or not. We are about a year ahead of schedule, which is an amazing endeavor for a production house, and we are accepting the best of the best stories. If you know someone, a fabulous fan who has an incredible story where the 49ers have changed their life, or a story you can’t keep to yourself, send us an email at fns@49ers.com. In the title of the email, put “The Faithful.” Tell us your story, and we’ll be in touch.

Credit: 49ers.com

September 5th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles
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At Night of Champions, WWE’s most out-of-control turf war will continue when The Wyatt Family clashes with Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and a partner of their choosing.

The jubilation of Reigns and Ambrose’s SummerSlam victory over the maniacal Bray Wyatt and his loyal follower Luke Harper was short lived when, the next night on Raw, the two rebels were introduced to The Wyatt Family’s newest member — Braun Strowman.

The gargantuan Strowman imposed his will on Reigns and Ambrose, decimating them with ease — a fate neither Reigns nor Ambrose is accustomed to. As Strowman joined by the side of Harper and his new leader, Wyatt made it clear post-ambush that this evolving war had just entered its next phase.

Bray Wyatt introduces Braun Strowman to the world

The following week on WWE’s flagship show, Reigns and Ambrose got another dose of Strowman as he made his in-ring debut against The Lunatic Fringe with The Big Dog in his corner. Although Ambrose fought valiantly, the end result was the same as the week before — an absolute massacre from The New Face of Fear and his deranged accomplices.

Now, with Night of Champions approaching, how will Ambrose and Reigns fare as this ongoing Hatfield and McCoy’s-like conflict continue? Will the former Shield brethren and their third be able to break the aura of invincibility that currently surrounds Braun Strowman? Or will Sister’s Abigal’s black sheep give The Eater of Worlds a definitive edge in this wicked war?

Find out at WWE Night of Champions, Sunday, Sept. 20, only on the award-winning WWE Network.

Credit: Ryan Pappola

August 28th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews
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Nubyjas Wilborn of Tallahassee.Com, did a Q & A with Roman Reigns earlier today he answers questions about working out, his eating habits, and more check out the full Q & A below:

Like a lot of young men, Roman Reigns had dreams of becoming a pro wrestler and playing in the NFL.

On Sunday, the 30-year-old, 6-foot-3, 265-pound Pensacola native will take on Bray Wyatt at the Civic Center as WWE comes to Tallahassee.

“As a kid growing up… I was immersed in wrestling,” Reigns said. “Both football and wrestling were so important to my family. I’ve been training my body since I was young boy, I’m built for this.”

Reigns, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoa’i, had a breakout year in 2015. He won the Royal Rumble, which gained him entrance to the main event at WrestleMania.

Life for the former football player moves quickly. Reigns went from Escambia High to Georgia Tech. After leaving college, he ended his football career ended after the 2008 Canadian Football League season with the Edmonton Eskimos.

After football was done he decided to enter the family business in 2010. His father, Sika and uncle, Afa wrestled as the “Wild Samoans” tag team. He’s also related to Umaga, Yokozuna, Rikishi, the Tonga Kid, Rocky Johnson and The Rock. Yes, that Rock, movie star Dwayne Johnson.

Reigns talks to Tallahassee Democrat about life as a professional wrestler in WWE.

How did you switch from football to wrestling?

“I was a big boy down in the trenches. So at first I had to knock off some of that football weight, to a more aesthetic look. It took me three years to get comfortable at 320, then I suddenly had to drop weight. I cut my portions in half and stopped eating as a 300-pound man and more like 240-260-pound guy, who is lean and cut.”

Do you count calories?

“I don’t get too crazy with that. I make sure all my meals have a ton of protein, a complex carb and healthy fats. Eat like a caveman, if it grew from the earth, or eats what grows from the earth, chances are it’s safe to eat. If it’s processed or created in a lab, I stay away from it.”

How do you eat right, workout and rest while doing 4-5 shows a week?

“The diet is the easiest of the three. For the most part everywhere we go, there are restaurants where we can find a healthy meal. Thank God for these phone we have nowadays, we can find gyms much easier than the old days. But even if you can’t find a gym you can always do a body weight workout. Sleep is the hardest part, I’m still looking for a system.

What does your workout look like?

“My workouts are all about moving a lot weight very fast. I’m old school. I do squats, Olympic lifts and heavy compound movements. I’m not the guy, who is going to be flipping a log 50 times. I have always trained for explosion and it shows in the ring.

What is the most painful thing to happen to you in the ring?

“Anytime a grown man picks you up over his head with the intention of dropping it’s going to hurt. But if I had to pick one, it would be the time Big Show, who is over 7 feet, choke-slammed me out of the ring and through some tables. I threw up blood for a couple of days after that one.”

If you could do a program with any wrestler past or present that capped off with the WrestleMania main event, who would it be?

“No matter what I’m going to always want to take the belt of Rollins. He stole my moment and I’ll never forget what he did to me. It may look like my hands are full with the Wyatt’s, but Seth is always on my mind. I won’t feel complete until I pay him back.

If you go

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University

Source: Tallahassee.Com 

August 28th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

Winning the Royal Rumble to earn a WrestleMania main event spot is one to celebrate.

Roman Reigns did just that, even though the crowd thought otherwise.

“To be completely honest, it was confusing,” Reigns said. “The reaction. All you got to do is watch it, and it speaks for itself.”

Fans were cheering Roman Reigns, this strong 6-4, tough, no-nonsense, good looking athlete, but at the Royal Rumble in January, they booed when he won. Futhermore, tweeters erupted on Twitter with their childish ‘#CancelWWENetwork’ rant. Though, those jeers were not directly because Reigns won but rather because WWE underdog poster-boy Daniel Bryan did not.

WWE gave Reigns a chance. WWE fans did not.

“For me, personally, to nail it down — outside of the reaction from the crowd — it was the greatest moment of my life,” Reigns said. “I’m a father to a 7-year old little girl, so the greatest thing I can do is provide a future for her. That was a good moment in that process for me of being a provider. No matter what the reaction was, to be able to do that with my cousin, The Rock Dwayne Johnson, to share that moment and get some awesome advice and some good direction, it was great.”

That moment set a tone.

“It was a groundbreaker for what happened [after] for six, seven, eight months,” Reigns said. “I’m extremely proud of that night. I’m extremely proud of how I responded and turned things around. If I can stay healthy, and God favors me, the sky is the limit.”

WWE and its fans made Reigns defend that spot (the main event of WrestleMania) at the next pay-per-view, Fastlane, against their No.1 son Daniel Bryan. Reigns beat Bryan to still main event WrestleMania 31 in March against the WWE World champ and former UFC champ The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar.

The battle between those two intimidating forces at Mania lived up to the hype.

Was that WrestleMania 31 match with Brock Lesnar the most intense, physical matchup for Reigns?

“One hundred percent,” Reigns answered. “Brock Lesnar is a physical specimen. If you don’t match that intensity, he’s going to walk all over you…I visited Suplex City, and I returned to Pensacola, Florida safe and sound. Everybody’s got to deal with that situation in their own way, and I thought I handled it to the best of my abilities.”

Seth Rollins, who owned the Money in the Bank briefcase, cashed in, after the physical brutality displayed in the physically exhausting Lesnar/Reigns match to become the new WWE World champ.

“Obviously my former brother [Rollins] picked his spot correctly,” Reigns said. “He let the animals take each other out, and then he came out and stole the moment.”

The year prior at WrestleMania 30, Lesnar did something no one else did nor thought possible as he defeated The Undertaker to end the streak. More than a year in the making, the much anticipated rematch occured at SummerSlam on Sunday, Aug. 23 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Prior to SummerSlam, Reigns said: “It’s a different perspective of it coming from me, especially because I faced Brock at the next Mania. So to me it’s kind of weird. If I were to put one word on it — groundbreaking. This is a big draw. This is what it’s all about. These are moments that are only made after a lot of experience and a lot of time has been put in. These two guys have been wrestling for a long time. It’s exciting. This is history in the making.”

Reigns grew up with pro wrestling as his family tree is rooted into the business. His father is WWE Hall of Famer Sika the Wild Samoan. Rosey, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga, The Tonga Kid, and The Rock are also branching on their tree. With that kind of lineage, the 30-year-old Reigns lived pro wrestling his entire life.

“Oddly enough, the Deadman [Undertaker] is a good friend of my family,” Reigns said. “He has a huge love and respect for my family members, and what we’ve done in the business. We’ve always had a great respect for The Undertaker, the Godfather of the business, and if any of us can follow in his footsteps, the business will continue to grow and get better.”

WWE Sunshine State Tour

Get your popcorn and your tickets.

WWE will be in Florida in late August and early September, and some events offer VIP meet-n-greet packages.

Here we go.

Just five days after SummerSlam, WWE visits the Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., on Friday, Aug. 28 in Estero/Fort Myers. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. for this house show (no TV).

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WWE continues its Florida swing on Saturday, Aug. 29 for a house show at the Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., #200, in Orlando. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.

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WWE travels to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 W. Pensacola St., at Florida State University on Sunday, Aug. 30 in Tallahassee. Bell time is 5 p.m.

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WWE will also be at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., on Sunday, Aug. 30 in Daytona Beach. Bell time is 7 p.m.

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WWE Raw is at the Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., on Monday, Aug. 31 in Tampa. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. with the live television show beginning at 8 p.m. on USA Network.

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WWE SmackDown is at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, on Tuesday, Sept. 1 in Miami. Bell time is 7 p.m. The taped SmackDown will be broadcast 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 on Syfy.

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Reigns said: “I’m all about Miami. I’m all about Florida. I’m a Florida boy. I was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, but I’m a beach boy. I’ve spent the majority of my time on the beach. I have a huge respect and a love and a lot of gratitude toward my state. I look forward to any time we can do a loop in Florida. It really brings a huge smile to my face and my heart because it takes me home; it takes me to my family. I get to be with my little girl and my wife, and they get to experience it with me.

“So bring the family out. We’re going to have a great time. There’s nothing like Miami. If you’ve been to Miami, you already know. Come check us out.”

The U Cant’ C Me or The U Can’t Cena Me?

Will Miami fans cheer orange and green John Cena?

John Cena is sporting new orange and green ring gear. How apropos for WWE’s Miami visit as orange and green are the colors of the University of Miami.

College football and WWE are right around the corner South Florida. It’s all about ‘The U’ Can’t C Me or ‘The U’ Can’t Cena Me? So get your popcorn, your tickets and maybe your orange and green.

For tickets and info visit WWE.Com

Source: MiamiHerald.com

August 23rd, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles

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Roman Reigns has been under much pressure since being a part of the best stables in the past decade, The Shield to become the next big WWE superstar. All fans expected Dean Ambrose to come out of The Shield with the huge push, but those thoughts would change when the WWE clearly began betting on Roman Reigns to become the break out star. This was evidenced by Roman Reigns breaking Kane’s record of eliminating the most wrestlers out of the Royal Rumble in 2014, and then of course eventually winning the Royal Rumble in 2015. The WWE were pushing Roman Reigns to become this huge baby face superstar way too soon in which made it felt that Reigns was being forced down the fans throats. It was not a natural transition which it should of been for Reigns, and probably would have made him a genuine babyface that fans would adore. This article will explain the reason as to why this is the perfect time in Roman Reigns career that he must turn heel so that he can become the huge superstar that the WWE wants him to become.

One of the most painful things that I have ever witnessed as a wrestling fan was seeing Roman Reigns win the 2015 Royal Rumble match and just being booed out of the building. The WWE tried to help reduce the backlash by sending Reign’s cousin The Rock to help save him, but that did no favors for Reigns. This was painful to see because it is quite obvious how much passion Reigns has for the business, and how nice of a person he is but has not been given the chance to simply be himself to get over. He’s been given the worst promos which has included the infamous quote of “Sufferin Succotash” which could forever haunt him. The WWE had the chance to turn Reigns heel after the backlash at the Rumble, but they did not and instead tried involving his family history in the storylines to get him over as well as continuing to feed him more terrible promos. We should never forget the tug of war with the title belt between Reigns and Lesnar at the end of the Monday Night Raw before WrestleMania 31 that did not help him get momentum towards the biggest event of the year. After a tough battle with Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 31 which ended with Seth Rollins cashing in and taking the title belt. Since Wrestlemania 31 Roman Reigns has been left behind in the main event picture. Currently Reigns is in a storyline alongside his former Shield mate Dean Ambrose going against the Wyatt Family on the path to the biggest pay per view of the summer WWE’s Summer Slam.

This is the time for Roman Reigns to make the ultimate change to his character and turn heel.  It’s already set up so perfectly where you can simply have Reigns turn on his best friend Dean Ambrose during their tag team match against the Wyatt Family. This does not mean you have Reigns join the Wyatt’s but simply having Reigns cost Ambrose their match and starting a feud with one another. If wrestling fans remember Reign’s cousin The Rock was a very hated baby face early in his career and it wasn’t until he turned heel and aligned himself with Vince McMahon that his career finally took off. I truly believe this can be the same path Reigns should go through to finally be the position to become a huge success in the WWE.

I can just imagine now how huge the reaction would be in Brooklyn if Roman Reigns would turn heel by superman punching Ambrose out of nowhere. The reaction can either be hearing a crowd full of cheers or a crowd full of boos but Reigns will be guaranteed the reaction he needs to get over. This can also be beneficial for Ambrose to become a major baby face in the process, as the fans already react to Ambrose in positive manner. The other two key components to his heel change is to drop the Shield gimmick, and theme music. He needs to change his attire completely so he can have his own identity and separate himself from anything Shield related. It’s great to see him be different and come down to the ring through the crowd but having his theme music does not separate him from the memories of the Shield. The process should be turning Reigns heel and have him feud with Ambrose, change his attire, change his theme music, and let him tear into the roster until he gets back to the WWE World Title hunt.

The WWE need a major heel behind Seth Rollins and I think there would be a shock value to turning Roman Reigns and having him become the next major heel on the roster. I’m a huge believer in Roman Reigns and to be honest I’m a fan of his because I know how much he loves this business. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Reigns a few times and he has always been a stand up guy who is polite and nice and very approachable. He can be a huge baby face for the company but he needs to become heel first before he gets on the levels of The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, or Triple H. The one thing that the three WWE legends that I mentioned have is that all three were heels before becoming major stars in the WWE. Roman Reigns has the look, personality, and the physical abilities to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history and I know that if he’s given the chance to turn heel, and allow him to be himself on the microphone without any help that we will see and be proud of the WWE World Heavy Champion that he will soon become.

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August 23rd, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

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It has been quite a year for WWE superstar Roman Reigns. From winning the 2015 Royal Rumble to failing to garner the fan support expected by his booking to main-eventing WrestleMania against Brock Lesnar, Reigns will likely be among the company’s top-billed entertainers for years to come.

On Sunday, Reigns teams with Dean Ambrose to take on Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper in one of the top matches in the 2015 SummerSlam card. CBS Sports caught up with Reigns to get his thoughts on his short-lived NFL career, WrestleMania match and upcoming SummerSlam showdown.

CBS Sports: At SummerSlam, you will be reuniting with your old pal fom The Shield, Dean Ambrose, to take on Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. You guys have had great matches in the past. What can fans expect this time around?

Roman Reigns: “It’s just gonna be a Wild West shootout. I couldn’t even try to explain what to expect. I have no clue to be honest, so I’m preparing for a little bit of everything. You throw a whole bunch of combustible objects like Ambrose and the Wyatts into the situation with me, let’s just say there’s a lot of action and a lot of emotion. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride. I’m looking forward to it.”

CBS Sports: You had a rocky relationship with the fans after your Royal Rumble win was met with a lukewarm response. Did that bother you at the time, or does it still?

Roman Reigns: “You know, it’s tough. As a performer, a professional wrestler, I go out there and I just want to put a smile on people’s faces. I just want to make people happy, you know what I mean? It’s all good intentions. So when it doesn’t got exactly right, it can be tough because I care. To put it as simple as possible, I care, you know what I mean? I could go out there and just cash it in, but I want to be the best. I want fans to take every ounce of energy away from me as possible. That’s what I’m trying to emit. That’s what I’m trying to give to each live event. So it’s tough when it’s not perfect or exactly how you thought.

“When it comes to all of this, despite all the hate or the negativity that I’ve gotten, I’ve always had my supporters. I’ve always had the Roman Empire behind me. They never falter. They’re always there supporting me. Kind words to pick me up if I’m feeling down. So I just gotta thank all my fans and everyone who stuck with me, the supporters, you know. I couldn’t do what I do without them.”

CBS Sports: At WrestleMania 31, we saw you main event against Brock Lesnar for the WWE title. Despite not winning, you showed the fans you had the talent to hang at that level. What did you take away from that match, and from WrestleMania as a whole?

Roman Reigns: “I took home a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m never proud of losing a match, or any moment that I didn’t come out on top. That’s always the goal, to win and better my family and my future, especially in the ring. So that’s a tough pill to swallow. But at the same time, I was very grateful for the opportunity and in hindsight, I feel like I learned so much from those moments and those weeks building up into it. On the other end, the only thing I wanted was respect. That’s all I wanted is just respect. I think as a man, that’s not asking for too much. I’m willing to fight for every ounce of it. WrestleMania was a great start and hopefully as the weeks go by I’ll just continue to earn respect.”

CBS Sports: Your family’s history in the wrestling business is extensive. What was it like growing up with not only Sika as your father, but with so many other members of your family in the wrestling business?

Roman Reigns: “It was great, it really was. It’s always a good thing to be proud of where you’re from and your family. I’ve always been very proud of the accomplishments of my relatives, my father and my uncle and all of the other wrestlers that have come through our family tree. But at the same time, it’s a rough life. It’s a busy life. So as proud as I was of my father and everyone else, it’s tough when you don’t see your family members. It’s tough when they’re always on the road. So there are a lot of sacrifices. But it’s all for the betterment and it’s all for the future. It’s all for our family and to feed mouths and to put roofs over heads.

“It’s hard to understand that at a young age, but I just thank God that I can see through the eyes of so many family members and see from their perspectives no”w. It makes me appreciate everything everyone’s ever done in our family.

CBS Sports: Not counting yourself, whose matches do you most enjoy watching?

Roman Reigns: “It’s tough. There’s a lot of great performers out there. I think I still stick with the main guys I’d compete with when we first came in, the brothers from The Shield. We came in this thing all like-minded, and we’ve all kind of carved our own path and have our own niche; we always still think on a very similar level. Anytime I can watch Dean or Seth [Rollins], or you can even put Cesaro in that category. We rode a lot with him back in the day. Those are all guys I like to call peers and I like to watch their stuff as well.”

CBS Sports: When you look at Seth Rollins as WWE champion, what do you think of the job he’s doing?

Roman Reigns: “To put all of our beef and our animosity aside, I can’t lie to you: I think he’s done a good job. A lot comes with being the WWE champion. There’s a lot of responsibility and there’s a lot of dates and a lot of towns that you have to make, a lot of appearances. Every single day you have to be on your A game. You have to lead. You have to carry. I can’t speak on his personal choices and how he carries himself, but I know he’s carried that title like a man would. He’s worked his butt off to get where he is and he’s worked his butt to maintain where he’s at. He better enjoy it before he runs back into me, I know that.”

CBS Sports: With NFL training camps and preseason under way, I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about your experience in trying to make it into the NFL coming out of Georgia Tech in 2007.

Roman Reigns: “I tell you, I wished I had some more experience than I did going in. It was tough for me, you know. It was such a quick process. It just didn’t happen the way I thought it would. You play for so many years and there’s so much riding on the line. For all these young men going into the league, I just wish them the best of luck because it’s a crazy, crazy moment to try to capitalize on. Most of those guys have played for 15 years or so. So to capitalize on that much time spent, it’s gotta be nerve-wracking.

“I wish I could have gone back and had a different scenario, a different chance, a different opportunity, but for me, I found the team that I needed to be on. That’s kind of what they say in the NFL, is it only takes one team. Hopefully a lot of those guys can find a home out there. It didn’t work out for me. I enjoyed it though. It was a cool, bucket-list situation to put on an NFL uniform, to be at practice, to use their facilities and just see it from an inside perspective. I was very grateful for that.”

CBS Sports: What advice would you give to the NXT roster on how to make it to the WWE main roster, and what to expect when they get there?

Roman Reigns: “Well, just do what you’re doing. NXT, they have a great formula and a good system. As you can see from the past couple of years now, all this talent that’s coming up, they’re doing something right down there. So I’d say to continue to do what they’re doing. Continue to create that NXT identity. It’s starting to catch like wildfire, so I think the biggest advice I can give any of those guys and girls coming up to the main roster is continue to do what you do. Make it translate, because if it’s working on NXT then it will probably work on the main roster on Monday Night Raw and Thursday night Smackdown, so just stick to your guns, believe in yourself and continue to do what you do. Because you’re gonna get a lot of pressure. You’re gonna get pulled in a lot of directions. You’re gonna have a ton of competition. Just believe in yourself and do what you do.”

CBS Sports: Hypothetically speaking, if you got to put one person or tag team into the WWE Hall of Fame next year, no questions asked, who do you select?

Roman Reigns: “Oh, that’s tough. Three Minute Warning. Yeah, I’d stick with the family. I wish his career was so much longer, but I definitely think Umaga’s one of the best of all time. I wish he would have had a little more time to hold the titles and put in a few more years of work, but in my opinion, one of the best big men of all time. Nobody more intense. Nobody more athletic. So charismatic. We lost one way too early. I’ll go ahead and throw my brother in the same boat as far as being a great performer and try and give those guys the nod, you know?”

Source: CBSSports.com

August 19th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles

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The Barclays Center is a special place for WWE Superstar Roman Reigns.
The venue marked the debut match for his three-man tag team/gang The Shield, which featured Reigns, Dean Ambrose and the current WWE World Champion Seth Rollins, at the “Tables, Ladders & Chairs” pay-per-view event on Dec. 12, 2012.
“That was our first match,” Reigns says. “At that point, we had a bunch of run-ins, but the world was waiting to see us wrestle a full match and everything. That’s a moment in time that I’ll never forget. It will always stay with me. It was hectic, it was crazy, but it was Brooklyn, so it made sense. So I’m looking forward to coming back.”
Reigns will be reuniting with Ambrose to take on the enigmatic Wyatt Family — Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper — in a tag-team match at “SummerSlam” this Sunday, in what will surely be a slobberknocker. Beyond that, all of the WWE championship titles will be on the line.
amNewYork spoke with Reigns.

How does it feel to partner with Ambrose again?
It feels good to have small talk and inside jokes out there. And to be able to laugh and watch Ambrose do something crazy, watch him freak out and start destroying stuff. It’s such a good dynamic, I think it’s going to be a great matchup. Anytime you put some Shield boys in the ring with some Wyatt boys, it turns into some magic and some hectic craziness, so hopefully we don’t burn the whole building down in one night.
What matches are you excited to watch?
To be honest, I’ve been so immersed in my feud, and my beef with Bray and Luke, and as you know, any time it becomes a family thing, all attention span is thrown out the window. I’m like an unleashed dog. I can’t focus. I just want to fight. I want to wrestle the Wyatts. I’ve got to be completely honest. Just right off the top of my head, I can say Brock [Lesnar] and [The Undertaker] is going to be the matchup of a lifetime. … I’ve been in the ring with both, even more so with Brock. I’d be extremely shocked if we didn’t see an epic match and one for the books.
Besides wrestling, what other events do you have planned around the city?
I’m doing a lot of work with DoSomething.com and Answer the Call and just for all our service people, the fire department, the police department up there in New York, we’re just looking forward to giving back and connecting and meeting new people.

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August 19th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Audio Interview

Roman Reigns recently appeared on “The LAW: Live Audio Wrestling” to promote WWE SummerSlam. You can hear the full interview at this link or on iTunes. Courtesy of John Pollock, here is what Reigns said about the fan reaction at this year’s Royal Rumble:

“There honestly isn’t a right or wrong way to do anything, this isn’t a “sport” per say. I’m not a nose tackle shaded over a center, there are only so many things a nose tackle can do within the game of football and his techniques and how he plays.

In sports entertainment, professional wrestling, entertainment, storytelling, you can do anything, you can tell any story you want to. It’s difficult to say, especially within what we do, with hindsight. I think there is a lot of things we could have done or maybe thought about, but it is what it is, it really is. It all happened for a reason. Bryan and myself were both hurt we were both coming back around similar times. 100% it didn’t help me coming back around the same time as Bryan, especially with everything he has gone though over the past year, year-and-a-half. People talk about getting through adversity and going through some tough stuff, the stuff that happened to Bryan, the ups and downs, I think everyone was rooting for him (Bryan), I was rooting for him. I still to this day root for him. I want to see Bryan back in a wrestling ring, tearing the house down with myself and all the rest of the boys. It was just a tough situation, regardless of what happened or how we could have changed that night as far as responses, as far as having the crowd react properly to me, or how we wanted them to, it didn’t. But it helped me, it helped me grow, it left a huge impression on me, you know I thank Philly every day for that. You have to learn fast in this business and I’d like to think I’m doing that, but without that night, that was a huge kick in the ass, that lit a fire under me. If you’ve seen what I’ve done in the past six-months, I think you can tell Royal Rumble definitely helped me.”

credit: Daily Wrestling News