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

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Any article on WWE superstar Roman Reigns (real name: Leati Joseph Anoa’i) invariably makes reference to his genetic legacy – his dad was one half of storied tag team Wild Samoans, and his cousins include The Rock, Rikishi and the Usos, etc. But a few years into his wrestling career, Reigns has more than distinguished himself, bursting onto the scene in 2012 alongside current World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as part of heel faction The Shield; garnering tag gold with Ambrose during that time; going solo fan-favorite and winning this past January’s Royal Rumble gauntlet; and headlining WrestleMania against then-champ and formidable force Brock Lesnar. Most impressively, he’s weathered considerable backlash from fans that doubted whether his ability and screen presence measured up to that of his forebears.

This Sunday, he and Ambrose do battle with shared nemeses Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper at signature WWE Network/pay-per-view event SummerSlam in what’s going to be a particularly physical collision. While gearing up for Raw in Minneapolis six days prior, Reigns talked with us about getting his mind and body right for a fight, and keeping that up when the last bell has rung.

1. Go Straight to the Gym
It’s really just mental fortitude. Once you get in [the gym] and start moving around and sweating, it’s like, “Oh, thank god I did this. I feel so much better.” Just getting from the airport straight to the gym is gonna be your best bet to knock off that rust and wake yourself up and get that blood flowing. You sit in a car or a plane cramped up, you lose a lot of blood flow and get that swelling in your legs. There are all kinds of dangers in sitting still too long.

2. Embrace Lots of Cardio
Mass has not ever really been a problem. It’s a little bit easier for me to do that than to burn fat and stay lean just due to my genetics. I love doing a lot of cardio. It’s not so much for the way I look. It’s for how I perform. If I get in the ring with a 215-pounder, I wanna be able to keep up with him agility-wise. I take that back to my football days of being a large athlete that could move.

3. Always Mix Up Your Workouts
I like to look at myself as an individual. I like CrossFit. I agree with a lot of their coaching tips and the foundation of functional movements and hard work. They embody all that stuff. But I also think there’s a bit of a cult following within the CrossFit community, a bit of a fraternity, which obviously creates a bias and a little bit of a tunnel vision. There is no one right way. The Tae-Bo guy has a good body on him. I believe in evolution as far as lifting and training and building muscle. I was doing functional movement before CrossFit was ever a thing. I was playing football, doing platform lifts, all kinds of wacky kettle-bell stuff before kettle bells were kettle bells. I CrossFit with Seth [Rollins] and have done that type of lifting as well. I’ve walked on an incline treadmill for an hour and a half. I’ve done wide-receive drills with Megatron [Calvin Johnson]. But it’s on the individual to know what’s right and change things up. Your body’s a machine and adapt to whatever you’re doing. Stick to one thing doesn’t sound right to me.

4. And CrossTrain with the Family
I’m a father. I wanna play with my daughter. If she wants to throw a baseball or softball, I wanna do it with her. If she wants to go on a hike, I wanna do it with her. If she wants me to go on a beach in a canoe, I’ll do it. I want to be active. I want to live for a long time. I’m a married man, so on the other end, I wanna look good if I have to take my clothes off. If I have to work hard to keep her happy and give her something decent to look at, then that’s what I’ll do. Fighting for your health and working every day toward a long life, whether you’re a family man or not, it’s important.

5. Don’t Forget the Static Work
I come from the south. My body was taught to sweat immediately, because it’s so humid down there. And that’s all sweat is – your body’s cooling itself. It’s an achievement in my book. I hate sweating when I don’t wanna sweat, but when you sweat, it’s the best feeling in the world. But there are all different types of workouts. I’ve seen stretching workouts and isolated stuff, more core work and those static movements. You can do beneficial things without sweating. And if you’re really serious, sometimes a workout is the recover day.

6. Stretching Too
Typically, I would go after a workout, but my routine’s a bit different. That’s just my first workout. I’m gonna wrestle later on, so that’ll be my second workout. So I would stretch before my match, but I would stretch after my workout. I would probably do low-intensity cardio for more of a warm-up, and then depending on how my body’s feeling, focus in and do a stretch routine here and there. But once you get that blood moving, it’s good to start moving some weight.

7. Recovery Is Key
It’s tough, but there are few different things you can do. We have all types of compression underwear and tights you can wear to help with swelling to get your legs back under you. We’re in a business where we’re always trying to build something up, but you have to have that recovery time. If you do it properly with time management, because we have so much down time, it’s usually needed. The hardest part is being cramped up.

Credit: Kenny Herzog
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August 18th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

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We are not being ironic when we say that professional wrestlers are some of the world’s fittest athletes. They could crush an awful lot of ballplayers. So how exactly do they stay in such great shape when they’re traveling 300-plus days a year, while dodging suplexes and power bombs at night? We asked five of the WWE’s biggest stars—including current heavyweight champ Seth Rollins—to find out. Spoiler alert: It involves a lot of Chipotle.

How difficult is it for you guys to find gyms to work out in when you’re essentially in a different city every night?

Charlotte: Every single town I get to, the first thing I do is Google a gym. And that’s just part of your life on the road. It’s like, “I have to eat breakfast. I have to work out.”

Roman Reigns: Finding gyms are the easiest part. Nowadays you plug your iPhone in and you can pretty much figure out anything.

Kofi Kingston: We can just type in a Gold’s Gym or LA Fitness or whatever.

Cesaro: I’m pretty lucky because I travel with Seth. The CrossFit community has been really, really good to us. They just open their gyms to us and we can go and workout there.

Seth Rollins: Sometimes if you go to the same gyms, the fans catch on to that and they start hanging out at the gyms. It becomes a little bit of a circus. Over the course of three years or so, I’ve been able to create a nice little Rolodex of CrossFit gyms. I’ve ingratiated myself to the community, and that allows for a much more accessible training session as far as privacy is concerned.

Roman: I think the hardest part is actually nutrition. And not just what you eat, but eating enough.

Do you have any secrets or tips to maintaining a diet when you’re constantly traveling?

Seth: I’m a huge proponent of eating real food and eating a lot if it. As athletes, we train and travel so much, a lot of times our needs are not met calorically. But I don’t like eating to be a chore, so I kind of just go with the flow. I don’t like to plan my meals ahead of time. I feel like as soon as it becomes a chore and you start thinking of it as a diet instead of a lifestyle, that’s when you start to want to cheat more and more. You get real sloppy real quick.

Roman: Big E Langston—he’s probably one of our strongest guys—he was on this thing he called “sugar window.” So if you work out hard enough, you can literally eat anything you want right after a workout. He’s like, you can eat cookies and ice cream and chocolate syrup and your body is going to use it in a proper way. And if you look at him, he’s a genetic freak. So we’d work out and then make a sprint to the building to hit up catering for a cookie or two. It wasn’t more than a week or two until we were like, “Maybe there isn’t too much science behind this thing.” Plus, I think Big E made it a “sugar garage door.”

Charlotte: I’m the type of person who has to preplan every meal, because I love food and nothing is worse than being hungry. I really try to stay away from protein bars because I love them. I could literally eat four Quest bars at one time. So say I’m on a loop from Friday to Wednesday—if I fly out on Friday morning, I’ll have all my meals prepped in my lunch box for that day. I always try to travel with tuna packets, oatmeal, nuts, peanut butter, and rice cakes. Then once I land, I’ll look up whatever grocery store they have around and I’ll buy food for Saturday and Sunday. Maybe I can pick up some apples, avocados, spinach, turkey, sliced chicken. I’ll do that right when I get in.

Is there a certain place you rely on for food when you’re on the road?

Kofi: Chipotle.

Charlotte: Or Moe’s. But only if you can’t find a Chipotle first. [laughs]

Seth: Yeah, Chipotle’s the universal one. They’re pretty much everywhere. It’s fresh ingredients. It’s quality. Now everything they have is non-GMO. If you can just get a bowl with a bunch of meat and vegetables and rice, you’re pretty set.

Roman: It’s just simple and delicious. I’ll do anywhere from two to three scoops of chicken, and then sometimes the barbacoa if the time’s right.

Cesaro: I go and get three bowls to go, and then I have my protein shake after my workouts. That’s pretty much my road diet. [laughs] I usually get brown rice and black beans. I’ll do one bowl with double chicken, one with double steak, and one with chicken and steak. It’s fresh, it’s fast, and it’s reliable.

Kofi: Anytime we can hit a Chipotle, we always stop.

You all train incredibly hard, beat yourselves up in the ring, and then you have to hop in a rental car and drive to the next city to do it all over again. How do you keep your body from falling apart?

Seth: That’s impossible, basically. The recovery is impossible. We do the best that we can, but our season doesn’t end. For the past three years, I haven’t had any extended period of time at home. The longest stretch I’ve had at home is four days in three years. And that’s legit.

Roman: The recovery process is a myth. I don’t think there is such a thing.

Cesaro: What I try to do is get a good rental car. Something that is big and comfortable that has space so I can stretch out, even when I’m driving.

Kofi: It’s funny, because you see us in the ring and we’re taking all these bumps and we’re being thrown around, and you’ll see me jump from the top rope to the outside of the ring. But what wears on the body is the travel. Like, we just flew to Victoria all the way from Florida. Those seats go back like 53 degrees! So you’re sitting in an awkward position, your legs are numb and your lower back is hurting, and then once you land you have to get in a car and drive for two or three more hours. So that is really what takes the most toll on my body.

Charlotte: Sleep is so important. And you’ll laugh at me, but I always have a jug of water with me. Sleep and hydrating I think are the most important things.

A lot of people swear by supplements to help with recovery, but traveling with that stuff can be difficult.

Roman: Those big old protein tubs are a pain in the ass. It’s happened to Seth before where one just busted open. We were sitting in the rental car parking lot about to pick up the car, and he’s just dumping out his whole checked bag, chocolate protein powder going everywhere. It was terrible.

Cesaro: Actually, one of my protein bags just kind of exploded in my bag.

Kofi: If anyone has ever had protein powder spill in their bag, you only let that happen to you one time. You have to double bag it. Plus traveling with the actual tubs of protein takes up so much unnecessary space.

Charlotte: I’ll take my protein powder and put it in a little Ziploc baggie. So like, six Ziploc bags with a scoop of protein powder in each. And then I’ll stuff it in my actual shaker bottle.

Seth: My protein comes in bags now, which is nice. As you use them, they get smaller and smaller. So I’ll fold the bag and roll it under, and then I wrap a rubber band around it so it stays closed. Then I will put the bag inside of a Ziploc bag, so that shit ain’t going nowhere.

Source: GQ.Com

August 14th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

 

The last time we talked to WWE superstar Roman Reigns, he was in an amazing place in his career. We’re talking “main eventing the WWE’s biggest show—WrestleMania—for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Brock Lesnar”-amazing. The outcome wasn’t exactly what he was looking for, though, as Seth Rollins cashed in the Money In The Bank briefcase to steal the title from both Lesnar and Reigns. Six months down the line, Reigns was facing a different briefcase—one that temporarily knocked him out after being thrown into the ring during a house show match in Victoria, British Columbia over the weekend.

That didn’t stop The Juggernaut, and as he heads into his SummerSlam match with former Shield partner Dean Ambrose to take on Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper, we caught up with Reigns to discuss this unwelcomed briefcase shot, his time in the WWE’s developmental federation NXT, working with Dusty Rhodes(R.I.P.), and whether a certain family member is possibly returning… if you smell what we’re cooking.

Interview by Khal (@khal).

So first off, I wanted to get your thoughts on the recent briefcase situation in Victoria. You’re doing alright after that shot?
Yeah, everything is fine. It was a plastic briefcase. Just to make it all relative, I was being hit by a wooden kendo stick at the time. So being hit by a plastic briefcase in the head—which, you know, no one wants to be hit in the head by any object—it wasn’t much different then being hit by Bray Wyatt. Actually, it was way easier then being hit by a kendo stick by Bray Wyatt.

For me the scariest part though, was [thinking] “What if there was something dangerous? What if there was something sharp? What if they hit me in my eye?” The only message I want to get out about this is: I’ll go out there and I’ll put my body through some stuff for the entertainment and create the most infectious, creative, awesome atmosphere that I can. I think I’ve shown that. I danced with the big bear Brock Lesnar like no one else. I’ll go to there and I’ll get wild. Just please—don’t put me in harm’s way. Let me put myself in harm’s way. But don’t [mess with] the opportunity for me to provide for my family, for my seven-year-old daughter, for my wife, our livelihood. Don’t hurt me. Don’t injure me. Let me take myself out of this equation. You don’t have to do that, you know what I mean? Just come enjoy the show and just think about this [as] a family situation. This is a family show, so please act accordingly.

Definitely. What’s funny is when I heard about this, I was wondering about your ring entrance. You’re the only guy right now who’s not even coming into the ring normally; you are coming straight through the crowd. Have you had any crazy situations like that, or almost dangerous situations based off of how you’re entering the ring?

No. The fans have been great. This week was a crazy week it seemed like. I actually got groped in the crotch area this week. It was such a wild week, man. I’ve had people grab my butt. But there was a daring chick, it was either in Victoria or Vancouver—those people are wild up there [Laughs]. They love their wrestlers. Please. Please. My rig is not apart of the show. I’m going out there to wrestle, not get felt up. So please, I’m a married man. Show a little respect.

I mean, I know that wrestling fans are historically really into wrestling up in Canada. So I guess they saw you, and they got a little too crazy with it.
They’re madness. They really are. They’re rowdy. I’m into it. This whole wrestling world is a different breed, there’s no doubt. We have a rowdy bunch, but please, please let me get to the ring and wrestle. But what’s going to happen is this entrance will get taken away. And I love the uniqueness of it and someone’s got to hold the fort down. So please, don’t get too wild people.

Speaking of the people getting wild, I was thinking about your match at Payback earlier this year, the fatal four-way main event. There was a part towards the end, where you, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins had a moment where it looked like Seth was trying to get The Shield back together. Watching it at home on the Network and looking at Twitter reactions, it seemed like people were really bugging out for it, as I’m sure it was in the arena. Is that something you would even consider?
I think any successful faction within this industry has a reunion somewhere in it’s future. So, I’d hope we’re all healthy enough and we have that type of longevity. Not only for us, but for the business and for our fans. That’s the best way to really show what you’re made of and how much you care about this place, how long you can do it for. So I hope we all have that length of career and we have a couple, or three reunions. You never know. But I’m really enjoying it now.

And what an idiot, right? Oh, man. This is “the smartest member of The Shield.” He’s such a genius. “I’m the architect. I made The Shield, I built The Shield. I’m going to trick these guys.” No, you just got powerbombed by yourself. You idiot. I was shocked at how dumb he was that day. You couldn’t help but to laugh at him. Exactly. I mean, it was an awesome moment, it was, but look at him now. Now he’s figuring out [that] sometimes you just got to do it by yourself. You’ve got to prove that you’re capable of holding that title.

Now another thing I wanted to talk about was during WrestleMania you’ve had real family come out there. Not just with the awesome historic Samoans that came through the WWE before then, but you also had The Rock come through. Is there any chance that the Rock might be coming through with you, in the near future, to come take care of Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt family?
I don’t want to give anything away, but if history speaks for itself—and not too long ago, and not only my history but just in general—the history of the WWE there’s a reason why we say “card is subject to change.” You never know what’s going to happen with this crazy world of sports entertainment, so I would never rule out the fact that Rock wants to come home. Let’s put it that way. If you know what I mean.

And he can still go.
I mean, he’s in the best shape of his life, there’s no question that he can go. I don’t think that’s ever been the question, I think it’s just about moments. It’s when you have any of these legends. There’s a reason why you only ever see The Undertaker so often.

So you’ve talked about The Shield, and while I know some fans are aware, not everyone was following the NXT when you guys were getting acclimated with the WWE, really working together as a unit. Since you guys entered the WWE, the NXT has risen to the point where their TakeOver show in Brooklyn before SummerSlam has actually already sold out. How important was it for you to go through NXT as opposed to going to the independent wrestling federations?
It’s hard to say. Everybody is different and I was able to respond [to the NXT system], along with a lot of other people. I’m not the only guy who doesn’t have an independent wrestling background. You know, I have a football background, but I also have a wrestling one. I’m from a wrestling family, a wrestling dynasty. And as biased as that may be, I firmly believe I am from the greatest wrestling family of all time. We boast the largest, and possibly the most successful family tree of all time. So it’s hard for me—I’m just a very rare case, a unique superstar in that regard because I have such a different background, and story, and path.

I don’t have an indie background, but I’ve been in the wrestling business my entire life. I’ve suffered from it, I’ve rejoiced from it. My whole life has been fueled by it. I’ve been through things only generational kids would know, and it’s the same thing my kid is going through. Everybody makes sacrifices in their own regard and in their own life. So I think everything is situational and it’s all due to perspective. What you see on Raw and Smackdown and Superstars, NXT is the exact same thing. Those guys and girls are going out there and they’re learning. A lot of them in this crop have an independent background and they’re journeymen. They’ve been grinding for years and they all deserve this great opportunity that we’ve all been afforded. I couldn’t be happier for the different mix. It’s an exciting place for the WWE.

The WWE universe has a lot of talent to look forward to in the coming years, so I’m excited. I’m proud to be a product of WWE development. And the short time that I did NXT served great justice for me along with the time that I did with The Shield and just rolling with Dean and Seth, and now I’m covering my own path. And I’m looking forward to what I can do with my future.

In speaking of NXT, I hate turn on a bad note, but a couple of legends have been lost from the pro wrestling world, including Dusty Rhodes, who I know was very instrumental in helping behind the scenes in NXT. What was your experience like working with Dusty Rhodes while you were coming up through NXT?
Just in regards to Dusty, the Dream, I can’t thank him enough for the experience that I had with him, and the mentoring. Just being able to pick his brain and talk to him. You would be very surprised with how little amount of time you need to be around a top guy to learn from him. To sit under that tree and just try to absorb as much as possible. And that’s how he was, because he did it through so many different eras and generations. He affected so many superstars, so for me to be able to tap into that resource, for him to believe in me—and this is my personal relationship with Dusty—he believed in me at 270 lbs. soft with short hair. Not at all what I am today. I mean, honestly, I don’t think he saw me wearing SWAT gear and being a part of The Shield, but he knew I had what it took to get to where I am. He knew I had that type of ambition and he always told me, “You have it, you couldn’t get rid of it even if you wanted to.” And for me to hear that at such an early stage, that did nothing but [boost my] momentum and positivity for my entire career. And for that I thank the whole family. All of them. I’m a firm believer in them and I’m very thankful for the short time I got to spend with Dusty; it definitely wasn’t long enough.

With SummerSlam coming up VERY soon, what’s your gameplan when it comes to dealing with Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family in Brooklyn later this month?
The plan is on par with what I’ve been doing for the past four or five pay per-views. I’m very serious about this big fight. I’m not kidding when I tell people that I bring the big fight. It’s a game changer. It’s a whole different attitude. The whole arena changes.

Like I said before, I’m willing to go out there and do what no one else is willing to do. I’m willing to take myself out if that’s what needs to be done. So if you put someone like me and Ambrose together and you put us against a couple bearded Wyatts, you already know the house is about to burn down, so collect your spare change and buy a ticket because we are going to rip that building apart. It’s exactly what you think it’s going to be. It’s going to be vicious. It’s going to be a fight. It’s going to be aggressive. It’s going to be a big fight and it’s going to be four different personalities trying to tear each other’s throats out.

If you aren’t sold on that, go watch Oprah or something.

Source: Complex.Com

August 13th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

Sports Illustrated sat down with Roman today to talk about various topics such as The Shield, Daniel Bryan, Royal Rumble win and more. Check out the full interview below.

The Royal Rumble did not go as planned for Roman Reigns.

“It was a lot worse than I expected,” admitted Reigns. “With the internet and social media, I had a pretty good hunch it was going to go the way it did, but just not as much as it did. It seemed like a movement where Philly plotted against me for like a month, and it definitely left an impression. But I think I can say thank you–I’ve gotten better because of it.”

Reigns, speaking on behalf of WWE’s “Answer the Call” initiative benefiting the New York Police and Fire Widows and The Children’s Fund, opened up about his career, as well as how grateful he is for the opportunity to give back.

​“People call us heroes, but we are nothing compared to our police force and fire fighters and everybody who protects us and makes sure our freedom is held to the highest standard,” said Reigns. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m proud to have the WWE be a part of it.”

The online auction allows a chance to bid on meet-and-greet opportunities with John Cena at a Monday Night Raw, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin during a taping of his podcast, and even a head-to-head meeting with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman.

“It’s such a great deal, and I just feel like the timing is perfect,” said Reigns.“SummerSlam is right around the corner, we’re going to be taking over New York, and this is our home base. The history of our company goes hand-in-hand with New York, and it’s such a great deal to help out the real heroes.”

Reigns had no problem discussing the highs and lows of his career, starting with this past January. As the boos reigned down upon the ring at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Reigns – whose real name is Joe Anoaʻi – was simply a man disappointed he did not deliver on the biggest stage possible.

“This is art,” said Reigns, who played college football at Georgia Tech and was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. “It’s not like it’s Week One of the season and we’ve got to go out and play good defense and run the ball. We’re telling a story.

“And I get it–people want the Super Bowl today. But, in football, you have to do Week One and then Week Two and get to Sixteen, and then start talking about the playoffs. But we don’t have a week off [in wrestling]. This is 52 weeks a year. If we’re just throwing out pay per view matches every single night where we’re going crazy, then what are we doing?”

Fans revolted against Reigns’ manufactured push to the top of the card atWrestleMania 31, but his body of work in the squared circle has been excellent ever since. His matches with Daniel Bryan at Fastlane, Brock Lesnar atWrestleMania, and the Big Show at Extreme Rules were three very different matches with high-paced action and incredible storytelling.

“Our fanbase is so hardcore and smart, and knows the history,” said the 30-year-old Reigns. “It’s almost like the underground in rap music. There is always the underground rapper people enjoy, and you want to see him come up. That’s kind of how it is in wrestling. There’s a lot of guys on the indies with the tight following from those hardcore fans, and this is that time for me to build to that respect and let people know I’m here to win, I’m here to kill it every single night.”

Along with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, Reigns immediately captured the imagination of WWE fans upon his debut in November of 2012. The three men formed “The Shield,” and worked seamlessly together as wrestling’s self-appointed “Hounds of Justice.”

Once the faction split afterWrestleMania 30, Reigns continued to grow in popularity until an incarcerated hernia sidelined him from September to December. Upon his return, he struggled to regain his momentum and failed to connect with the hardcorefanbase.

Reigns won the Royal Rumble and seemed destined to capture the world heavyweight championship atWrestleMania 31, but WWE Universe had spoken–and Vince McMahon listened. A week before ‘Mania, former Shield partner Seth Rollins was instead chosen to win the championship at WrestleMania.

“It broke my heart to lose,” said Reigns. “WrestleMania was the best day of my life, the greatest opportunity I’ve ever been afforded, but at the same time, no one wants to lose the main event for the WWE world heavyweight championship.

“If you watch the shots between me and Seth, after the 1-2-3, you can see on my face how emotional I was and how overwhelming it was. I’m a competitor, and I want to win every single thing I do.”

Reigns will be competing at SummerSlam with former Shield partner Dean Ambrose against the Wyatt Family. He has embraced the opportunity to work again with Ambrose, but does miss the brotherhood he created traveling with both Ambrose and Rollins.

“It’s a bit of a double-edged sword,” said Reigns. “Seth was really big on CrossFit. I’m not, but Dean and I just go with the flow and try new things. To be honest, I didn’t really like it because a lot of the functional moments reminded me a lot of my football training, and I was completely over that.

“But I’ll admit I miss that comradery with all three of us in the gym. We were just drenched – the sweatiest guys on earth – a couple hours into a good workout. That was a cool feeling, and that’s what I miss the most.”

WWE’s “Answer the Call” auction is also allowing fans the chance to attend the season finale of WWE “Tough Enough” and meet Daniel Paige and Daniel Bryan.

Perhaps unbeknownst to the WWE Universe, Reigns considers Bryan a very close friend.

​“Bryan is the best,” said Reigns. “If anybody says any different, they’re an idiot. You can learn anything from him. I got to work a lot with him with the Shield–that was like the band with those six man matches [against Bryan, Kane, andRyback], we were doing those every night. So I had plenty of chemistry and experience with Bryan.

“He is such a journeyman with so much experience, and that’s a key ingredient to what we do–just logging in those man-hours. Bryan is a journeyman, and he’s one of the few that we have, with Seth and Dean also in that category. He’s just so smart. He has a great take on everything, and he doesn’t just think about his product. He thinks of the grand scheme of things in the WWE world, and he’s a privilege to be around, not only in the ring but also as a person. The last European tour was a great tour, sitting on the back of the bus with Bryan in a conversation for an hour-and-a-half covering everything under the sun–we talked about from evolution to lotions to how to treat swelling. He has so much knowledge on life. I feel very blessed to made a friend with Daniel Bryan.”

Another critical voice for Reigns behind the scenes is that of Paul Heyman. The two verbally sparred with one another on the road to WrestleMania, and Heymanworked with Reigns behind the scenes so he could better connect with the crowd.

“He’s known me since I was just a little guy, when I was glued to my dad’s leg backstage,” said Reigns. “Before I even got to that point [in the buildup toWrestleMania], he’s definitely been a help.”

Reigns was quick to name the qualities that separate Heyman from nearly everyone else in the world of wrestling.

“It’s his knowledge, a lot of wisdom, and he’s got some cowboy to him, too,” said Reigns. “You can’t replace experience, and the time he’s logged in this business is irreplaceable. He’s seen damn near everything under the sun with what he’s done in front of and behind the camera. There’s so many different facets to this business–it’s not just hip tosses and body slams. This is chess, and in no way is it checkers, and I think that’s what sets him apart.”

Reigns has a lot left to accomplish in the business of professional wrestling. Beyond his current feud with Bray Wyatt, he wants to make a return to the world heavyweight title picture, and the thought of a triple-threat between the Shield at aWrestleMania still lingers in the back of his mind.

“I’m about building the future,” said Reigns. “I’m about building a huge crew. When the business was the most successful, there was a whole gang of top guys making a lot of money, so the bigger our crew is and the more competition we have, and if we can create the stiffest competition from within the company, that is how we’re going to go to the next level.”

In order to accomplish his goal, Reigns admitted that staying healthy is his top priority.

“If I can stay healthy, then I can wrestle every single week,” he said. “I want to make every single town that I can, see the whole world, feel every crowd in every arena, and pull those emotional strings. I can’t explain what it feels like to be in the center stage connecting with thousands of people, but I’m having the best time doing it.”

Source: SportsIllustrated.com

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

Sporting News’ Brian Fritz sat down with Roman earlier today to discuss a number of topics such as his Royal Rumble win and the latest incident of being attacked with a plastic Money in the Bank briefcase by a fan. The full interview is below.

At the start of 2015, it looked to be a banner year for WWE superstar Roman Reigns. He won the annual Royal Rumble match in January, earning him a spot in the main event at WrestleMania, where most people believed he would unseat Brock Lesnar at the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

But something happened along the way. Instead of being celebrated like he had been, fans turned on him when he won the Rumble, showering him with boos rather than the cheers he had been receiving. And just when it looked like he would defeat Lesnar at WrestleMania, it was his former buddy Seth Rollins taking advantage of the moment, cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase, putting himself in the match and winning the championship.

But the Samoan is keeping a positive attitude on his path, continuing his family’s lineage of stars that includes his father Sika along with his cousins and fellow WWE superstars The Uso’s.

Reigns along with the WWE is helping to support “Answer the Call”, an online charity auction at CharityBuzz.com with proceeds going to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. Among the auctions that you can bid on is an opportunity to meet Reigns backstage at an upcoming edition on Monday Night Raw.

BRIAN FRITZ: Roman, how’s the hair today?

ROMAN REIGNS: (laughs) Nobody usually asks that right off the bat. The hair is good. Just looking to get it wet and get to work tonight.

BF: That’s the important thing — the look and the hair really stands out. Anytime I bring up your name around women, they go crazy. They talk about hair, they talk about a lot of things when it comes to you.

RR: Yeah, common mistake. Just a bunch of smoke and mirrors I’ve got going on here. I’ve got a bunch of magical hair conditioner and baby oil. It’s the whole supporting cast and crew around me. It’s what happens backstage that prepares me for camera.

BF: Do you find that it’s the younger women that are really attracted to you or is it middle aged women? I tend to think it’s the cougars.

RR: Eh, I think a little bit of both. Definitely probably the older grown women, I think. I’m not a young looking man. I like to think I’m a young, spry man but I’m 30 now. I’ve got a couple of grays in my beard and maybe a little salt and pepper in my hair. If I let my hair down and go through it, you’d see a good bit of grays. Maybe from the stress of the road and the crazy business I’m in. Yeah, I think that may be a fair assumption. I like to think .. I’m not an old man now. I’m not losing my touch with, you know, the youth, the hipsters these days. I’m not an old man yet. 30 ain’t bad.

BF: You’re not old at all. What has the adjustment been like for you now having a family? I know you got married not too long ago but you had been with your wife for years before that and you have a daughter. We’ve all heard how taxing the wrestling business is, especially when you have a family.

RR: Yeah it’s tough. That’s the real work, being away from my loved ones, my family, my household. There’s nothing that’s hurt any more than being away from my little girl and missing days but I’m lucky. This generation is lucky. My father and a bunch of my cousins and uncles, they didn’t have the opportunity to use FaceTime or Skype, all these different technologies and advancements that we have. That’s really helped out to kind of close that gap. At the same time, there’s nothing like being there in person and real time and experiencing the things you love with your loved one. It’s all a part of the process. I’m so fortunate that I have such a supportive family and people who understand what I’m going through and what I’m trying to do for us and they know that it’s for our family and for our future. I’m very grateful for that.

BF: You talk about social media and how much it can help with our lifestyles but it also gives the audience more of an opportunity to be closer to celebrities like yourself and also have their voice be heard. What was it like earlier this year when the crowd response was what it was and some people were coming down hard on you?

RR: It was kind of rough to be honest. Someone my age, we didn’t go through the Internet like how it is now. When I was a kid, I was outside sweating and running around. Me and the Uso’s were tearing up the yard or doing yard work for that matter. We didn’t have all these video games and these social media outlets. There weren’t cameras on every single device that you could think of. So it’s a little bit different. As an adult, I’ve always tried to be a good person my whole life so I’ve made good friends and I’ve always built great relationships and been friendly with people. I always think what you do to others will come to you so that’s how I treat people. When you deal with an Internet situation where all these people are attacking you for no real reason at all. You’re just going out there trying to entertain them, trying to give them something to get outside of their life, to get outside their reality and suspend belief for them. And then for them to attack you for no real reason. It’s not like I was trying to hurt anybody. I was just trying to do my thing, make my art the way I want it and have a good time and hopefully it reflects that. It’s just one of those things that once it’s opened up it’s eye-opening. It’s shocking, it’s hurtful but it’s just a part of the world. Just like anything else, any other form of bullying that the world’s dealt with, we’re going to get past it. Strong people are strong for a reason — they can hold that weight. God gave me broad shoulders because I can carry that load. It was a shock and awe factor at first but it’s a lot easier now for sure.

BF: Why do you think it was so vocal? What it simply because you’re not Daniel Bryan? What do you think it was?

RR: I think, you know, it has a lot to do with how over Bryan is. To this day he’s just a phenomenal performer. I think everybody who’s ever been in an arena — you don’t even have to be in the ring with them — you have an appreciation for them. Even if you’re not into him, you still have to appreciate him and it was just the fact of what was happening is he was the most over guy we had. He was drawing people and they loved him. And the whole ‘YES’ movement was on fire. But at the same time, as a company, you have to continue to build other stars and build a future. I’m not a believer in that it’s just one guy. I believe in the team. I believe in having a great cast of good people and strong men around us to maximize the product. It just can’t be one person. I think it was a combination of me not being Bryan and just the Internet thing, like all the cool kids were banning against the jock. I don’t know. It was weird. But I think it just became a cool thing to boo me and it still happens a little to this day. It blows my mind but I’m still going to keep grinding and getting better. Anybody that says I have progressed and gotten 1000% better, you’re lying. You’re a bold faced liar.

BF: When it came to WrestleMania, I think a lot of people thought you were going to leave that show as the World Heavyweight Champion. Was it a disappointment that it didn’t happen? What was your reaction after that show?

RR: Of course. To not leave WWE World Heavyweight Champion was an absolute disappointment. Yes. But in that same vein, it was the greatest opportunity God’s ever given me. I can’t explain to you how grateful and thankful I am to be favored like that. I come from a wrestling family. When I’m with my family, I’m with workers, people who know this business and have been on the road. To be able to say I main-evented WrestleMania. Within our family tree, to be able to say that at the table, that’s big boy stuff. I thank God every single day. Every day I look at my daughter and my wife and the house that we live in and the opportunities we’ve been afforded. It was the best day of my life but at the same time, that’s how important the WWE Championship is. To have the best day happen and still have pain for not winning that, I think it speaks volumes.

BF: Go back to this past weekend at the incident that happened at a show in British Columbia (Canada). You got hit in the head by a Money in the Bank briefcase by a fan (during a match with Bray Wyatt). Did you know exactly what had happened when you got hit with it?

RR: No. To be honest, I thought Bray hit me in the head with the kendo stick. I was about to fire up pretty good and then I saw that briefcase go down. I don’t want to bring light to this situation or play it down because it was absolutely wrong. There’s no place for that … but it didn’t hurt. If you see the video, once I realized what had happened, you can see I clearly stand up and I’m taken out of the moment because I’m furious for being disrespected in that manner. It was a plastic replica briefcase. It didn’t hurt. The show went on and I think that’s the most important thing was to continue doing what we were doing. Myself and Bray set out to entertain Victoria that night and that’s what we continued to do. At the same time, the only thing I have to say about that is there’s just no room for that. You ruined the show for everybody and when it comes down to it, the dude was 31 years old. I’m just going to say — he was 31 years old.

BF: I think he got off really light because he didn’t even get prosecuted.

RR: I didn’t press charges. Our security guy … I was to take this opportunity to thank all of our WWE security. They are world class. This is what it’s all about. This is right on topic They answered the call. These are the type of people we work with. We’re allowed and given such great opportunities to build relationships with former police officers and military and service men. I’m just so grateful that I had our security team there and they help me out so much because I go through the crowd, I go through the concourse. For them to have my back like that, I want to thank them for that. Our guy was there. He was there immediately. He neutralized the situation. He was outnumbered for a while but he didn’t back down and protected us and I can’t think him enough. But there’s no point. I didn’t get hurt. The guy, I think he learned his lesson. I think he at least got taken in for a night or so. I didn’t bleed. It could have been serious. If they guy would have hit me in my eye .. he hits my eye, takes my eye out. If it affects my career at all, the only thing I’m asking in a situation like that is to also remember I am an entertainer but I am a provider to a seven year-old little girl, to a wife and the rest of my family, my father, my mother. If you take that away from me, then you’re taking that away from me for such a stupid thing.

BF: You mentioned the online auction where people can go to CharityBuzz.com in support of “Answer the Call” to help the families of fallen New York City heroes. Tell me a little more about it and your direct involvement.

RR: This is just another great opportunity. WWE — this is what it’s all about. This is what the platform should be used for are these types of benefits. It’s so unique, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for “Answer The Call”. It’s all about the New York Police and Fire widows and the children benefit fund. Our servicemen and the people who protect us in our country, they put their lives on the line. They really put their lives on the line. Not for entertainment but for security, for freedom, for piece of mind. We lose people, we lose heroes every single day and they leave people behind. If there’s anything we can do to help, to put a smile on anyone’s face and make someone’s day better, that’s what we’re here to do. For me, I would love to have the highest bid for this auction. Come and hang out with me backstage at Monday Night Raw, meet a bunch of other superstars. I’ll even buy you lunch.

BF: That’s a good deal there. People can check it out online at CharityBuzz.com/WWE, all the various auctions with WWE superstars, some Hollywood celebrities and other professional athletes and you can bid on those auctions. Two other things — SummerSlam is right around the corner. You’re going to be teaming with your buddy Dean Ambrose against Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. What’s it like being back in the ring with Dean?

RR: It’s great man. It amps up the fun. When you have a buddy out there to experience the atmosphere … Don’t get me wrong, it’s great doing singles and controlling the crowd and just milking it up for 30, 35 minutes. But there’s just something about team chemistry and team fights and tag team matches. People don’t realize it sometimes but the tag team story, in my opinion, that’s the best type of match. It’s the best story we can tell because people get that. Not everybody knows what it’s like to get hit by a stick or a chair or go through a table but people know what it’s like, for the most part, to have a team and want to help somebody. That’s the most exciting thing and to be able to go out there and tell a crazy, hardcore, wild story with Ambrose and the Wyatts, it’s gonna be an absolute privilege.

BF: Last thing — what was it like being backstage a few weeks ago when Seth Rollins smashed John Cena’s nose? Were you watching at that point?

RR: I was actually at home taking a few days off. I wasn’t at Raw that week but it was funny because I’m sitting down on my couch, flipping through the channels and I was like oh, the main event is on, I’ll check that out. Literally two minutes after I put the match on, Seth just whacked him in the face with that knee. As soon as I saw it, I was like that’s a finish right there. All you have to do is show a replay and that’s as devastating a move as any other ones. He definitely has a new weapon in play but if he tries to throw that knee in my face, I’ll break his knee with my forearm.

Source: SportingNews.com

August 12th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles
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WWE superstar Roman Reigns enjoys meeting fans, when done the right way.

Throwing an object into the ring and hitting him in the head is not the right way.

During a recent match against Bray Wyatt in Victoria, British Columbia, an attention-grabbing, overzealous, 31-year-old patron tossed a replica Money in the Bank briefcase into the ring, clipping the dashing sports entertainer in the back of the head.

“I was confused at first,” Reigns said. “I thought Bray hit me in the head with the kendo stick. So immediately I was like, ‘Aww man. You’re about to get it, brother. Aww, you’re about to get your [butt] whooped,’ but then I looked down, and I could see the briefcase. So then I’m trying to piece this thing together.

“If you see the video, you see me stand up to where I kind of got a little bit hot. Once I was able to process the situation in a matter of seconds, I knew what needed to be done, and our security team took care of it.”

Kudos to WWE’s security team. They caught the culprit.

“It was just a bad choice by a 31-year-old man, throwing briefcases at entertainers while they’re busting their [butt] for you. Everybody was on top of it. He was escorted out, briefly after, and luckily for me, [the briefcase] was plastic, so it didn’t hurt, but it’s scary. What if it was something that could have hurt me. Hit me in the eye.

“I’m a character and a sports entertainer and a wrestler, but I’m also a father and a husband and a provider. So for me that’s scary, because I’m just going out there to put on a good show and provide for my family and take care of my future, and if somebody takes that away from me… For what? For 10 seconds of Internet fame. That’s tough to deal with. That’s hard to process.

Easy to process is WWE’s mantra, and Reigns, 30, delivers by putting smiles on faces, when those faces are civil. He is also more than happy to acknowledge those fans who act accordingly.

So much so that Reigns is auctioning himself to the highest bidder as part of a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com to benefit “Answer The Call,” the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.

“For me, this is the most important part of [being a WWE superstar],” he said. “This is what we work for. This is the best way to use our platform. This is what makes me feel so proud to be part of the WWE team — to have the opportunity to help people, to reach out and help change lives. ‘Answer The Call’ we’re trying to support the real heroes of our world, the people who protect us and afford us freedom and give us that peace of mind.”

WWE is joining forces with Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes in conjunction with SummerSlam Weekend in New York to offer unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like a special backstage tour and meet-n-greet with Reigns at a Monday Night Raw, WWE’s flagship weekly television program.

“It’s perfect timing for this and the best situation possible as we’re in New York. We’re taking over Brooklyn in a couple of weeks for SummerSlam,” Reigns said. “Hopefully that positivity is going to follow us, and we’ll put a bunch of smiles on families’ faces. That’s what we’re here to do, just help out when we can.”

No need for Bayley or Dr. Shelby as the good-looking Reigns said he will hug his winning bidder, if that person wants one.

“Yes, I’m giving out hugs,” he said. “Even if it’s a good brother who needs a hug, a little support, I got a shoulder to lean on. Young lady, older lady who wants a hug, I’m donating that as well.”

How do fans react when they meet Roman Reigns?

“Some are on the ball, and they ask questions, and they’re very outgoing, and they’re not shy,” he said, “and then you have people who are shy, and it takes a little bit to get them to come out of their shell.”

Outspoken or shy, Reigns is looking forward to meeting the winner bidder.

“I’m auctioning off some of my time to hang out with the [winning bidder] at Monday Night Raw,” he said. “It’s a live experience. It’s the best form of entertainment. You can’t beat sports entertainment. We have the best athletes. We have a giant. We have the most beautiful women in the world. Lights, camera, action, fireworks. If you want to come hang out with me before the show, I’ll buy you lunch, and we’ll have a great day.”

Lunch on Reigns. Chick-Fil-A? WOK BOX? Sign me up.

Advice for the winning bidder, it’s probably a good idea not to ask about his hair as he is constantly questioned on his locks (why it’s so wet and what he puts in it) by fans and media.

Hmmm. What the wining bidder to ask?

Reigns is a former standout football player at NCAA Division I Georgia Tech, so talking some college football, especially the ACC, is an option. He also enjoys tea.

“Obviously, I have my hobbies, and I like to talk about them,” he said. “Most of my hobbies involve athletics and outdoor activities. I’m willing to learn about anything and converse and pick people’s brains, and I ask people to do the same. I’m into learning anything new and trying new stuff.”

Any other good topics to discuss with the diverse WWE superstar who proudly boasts quite a pro wrestling lineage. That’s right. His family tree — which includes Wild Samoan Sika, Rosey, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga, The Tonga Kid, and The Rock — is an interesting subject.

Also interesting are some of the other items being auctioned. It’s a mix, something for everyone.

“Mark Messier with the New York Rangers is donating tickets and a meet-n-greet. The Barclay Center is doing something. MetLife Stadium is inviting 50 people for a rookie mini-camp. That’s pretty cool,” Reigns said. “There’s so many different opportunities. Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa, they’re also involved. Everybody is doing something for this, and that speaks volumes for what we’re doing and who we’re doing it for — the heroes, the NYPD, the fire department. They answer the call; so if there’s something we can do to help, I’m all for it.”

Being a former football player, which auction item would Reigns consider winning — a rookie mini-camp at MetLife Stadium or a meet-n-greet with NFL Hall of Famer and former New York Giants All-Pro Michael Strahan?

“I go with Strahan. I’m a huge fan. I’m a former defensive lineman [like Strahan],” Reigns said. “I’ll take a meet-n-greet with Strahan, if I can get it. I’d love to talk some defensive line with him. If you’re a football guy, I would definitely jump on the opportunity to sit down and have a meet-n-greet with Michael Strahan and pick his brain — not just Michael Strahan the football player but also Michael Strahan the entrepreneur and businessman. He’s done very well for himself outside of football.”

Michael Strahan is co-host with Kelly Ripa of the popular morning talk show LIVE with Kelly & Michael.

Reigns continued: “It would be a great opportunity to meet Michael Strahan or any of these celebrities and superstars who are answering the call and doing great things for New York.”

Reigns, in character, did have a little fun poking fun at his former Shield brethren/turncoat Seth Rollins, the WWE World champ who is auctioning his ring entrance.

“Oh that’s so lame. I wouldn’t even do that,” Reigns said. “He goes through Gorilla now. He goes down the stage. You see, that’s the thing. If it was anybody else, then I’d be like, ‘Oh yea, that’s cool,’ but he’s gone through the crowd. He knows that feeling. I don’t think there’s any replacement for that. You can either go down the stage like everybody else or you can go through the crowd like Roman Reigns. I’d take going through the crowd, the WWE Universe, every day of the week.“

The Shield entered the ring walking confidently and fiercly through the crowd. When Rollins turned his back on his Shield brothers Dean Ambrose and Reigns, only Reigns consistently continued that unique entry. The Gorilla Position, named after WWE Hall of Famer Gorilla Monsoon, is the area just behind the curtain, before talent enters the platform/rampway onto the ring.

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Answer The Call Auction

WWE is joining forces with Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes through a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences in support of “Answer The Call,” the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.

Fans can visit:

www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE through Tuesday, Aug. 25 at noon EST to bid on exclusive experiences with WWE Superstar John Cena, Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, talk show hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa and many more.

WWE’s support of “Answer The Call” is part of WWE’s community outreach initiatives in celebration of SummerSlam, which occurs Sunday, Aug. 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“We are thrilled to have WWE’s support as they ‘Answer the Call’ for the families of New York City’s fallen first responders,” said Mark Messier, Vice President of Community Affairs for the NY Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. “Our partnership will ensure that we continue to provide a network of support and financial assistance for those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.”

Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer, said: “WWE is committed to using the power of our brand to help improve the lives of families around the world. We are proud to support ‘Answer The Call’ and the families of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their city.”

Online auction highlights include:

· Meet and greet with John Cena at Monday Night Raw.

· Meet and greet with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman at a WWE PPV.

· Meet and greet with Stone Cold Steve Austin at a live taping of the Stone Cold Steve Austin Podcast on WWE Network.

· Backstage tour and meet and greet with Dean Ambrose at Monday Night Raw.

· Backstage tour and meet and greet with Kevin Owens at Monday Night Raw.

· Backstage tour and meet and greet with Roman Reigns at Monday Night Raw.

· Backstage tour and meet and greet with Stephanie McMahon at Monday Night Raw.

· Lunch with Ric Flair and Charlotte and receive two tickets and a backstage tour of Monday Night Raw.

· Lunch with Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Paige backstage at Monday Night Raw.

· Lunch with the cast of Total Divas backstage at Monday Night Raw.

· Join Randy Orton during his ring entrance at a WWE event.

· Join Seth Rollins during his ring entrance at a WWE event.

· Have your face painted by Finn Balor, join him for lunch and enjoy an NXT taping.

· Attend the season finale of WWE Tough Enough and meet Daniel Bryan, Paige, Lita, Booker T and Billy Gunn.

And more

Proceeds will provide assistance to the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty.

Credit: Miami Herald.com

August 3rd, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,WWE.Com

 

When Roman Reigns won the 2014 Superstar of the Year Slammy, it seemed the WWE Universe had picked its new icon.

His post-Slammy coronation has yet to come, though. Reigns watched the man who stabbed him in the back, Seth Rollins, stand tall at the end of WrestleMania 31 in what many believed would be Reigns’ moment. His attempt at redemption fell flat at Money in the Bank, thanks to Bray Wyatt.

The Big Dog dominates at Survivor Series | Reigns wins the Royal Rumble

Reigns has wrestling in his blood, but he’s got a chip on his shoulder now, too. A hungry Superstar fights through the hard times, and even though The Big Dog now sits in a career valley thanks to Rollins and Wyatt, he never lost sight of the mountaintop. — JEFF LABOON

Source: WWE.com

July 1st, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Informational

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Ten WWE Superstars and Divas, and WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, have been nominated for DoSomething.org’s inaugural Athletes Gone Good! DoSomething.org, one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change, announces voting for its inaugural Athletes Gone Good list. Inspired by the success of Celebs Gone Good, DoSomething.org is launching Athletes Gone Good to celebrate athletes across the world, including WWE Superstars and Divas, who are bringing their A game to their sport and to support causes they care about.

Find out who was nominated at athletesgonegood.com. Through July 31, the WWE Universe is encouraged to vote for their favorite Superstars and Divas once per day at athletesgonegood.com. The winners of Athletes Gone Good will be compiled as a result of a three-part methodology: (1) votes and nominations from the public (2) the athlete’s influence on social media and (3) advice from the Athletes Gone Good Advisory Committee. The winners will be announced Aug. 6. “Athletes make a huge impact on culture. At DoSomething.org, we’re elevating and celebrating athletes who have decided to use their impact for good. With the launch of Athletes Gone Good, we’re giving fans an easy way to champion for their favorite socially active athletes,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, CMO at DoSomething.org. To learn more about the athletes, including the WWE Superstars and Divas who are nominated, and to check out all the nominees, visit athletesgonegood.com.

Vote for Roman here! (Just scroll down to WWE category and click Roman’s icon to vote then simply fill in the required information)

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Credit: WWE Community.Com

June 30th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles

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It’s Father’s Day but instead of joy this thought makes cold sweat run down Reigns’ body. The one to blame – Bray Wyatt. The New Face of Fear entered Reigns’ life and is now threatening to put his hands on the most precious thing in it. Some say that Roman’s daughter should have never been involved in this storyline. They say it’s a step too far. I say it’s a step in the right direction. Only going through this unbearable terror will fix Reigns’ character and his connection with the WWE Universe.

If we are going to talk about fixing Reigns, we first need to answer the question: What is wrong with Roman Reigns? Technically – nothing. He’s good-looking, well-built, talented and charismatic. Well, he’s not exactly Paul Heyman on the microphone but who is, really? Also, being a man of a few words gave Reigns the silent badass aura that made him so popular in the Shield. However, something went wrong and the fans turned on Reigns. The thing that tipped the scales was the WWE’s decision to mold him into a standardized character. Bret Hart, in his most recent interview for Sports illustrated, gave a very simple description of Reigns’ true weakness – “there’s no softness in his eyes”.

When Reigns was a Shield member, the audience adored him. There’d be an earth-shaking roar of thousands, echoing Roman’s battle cry before a spear. That noise of unity had turned into overwhelming boos by the night of the Royal Rumble. Some said it was because Reigns can’t wrestle. That’s not true. You won’t see him do a standing shooting star press but he doesn’t need that. He’s a power house, not a high flyer. His style has always been based on strong impact. It didn’t change upon the Shield’s break-up but it never bothered the fans before. The critics would then usually move on to Reigns’ mic skills. Did he ever say anything but “Believe that” at the end of the Shield promos? And yet, we loved it every single time he screamed that catch phrase. Yes, the others did deliver most of the work on the mic but that wasn’t ever perceived as an issue. Being assertive in a few words or being strong weren’t the shortfalls of Reigns, they were his strengths. The difference in perception had a lot to do with the absence of direction in Roman’s character after the destruction of the faction. The Hounds of Justice were defined by their brotherhood. Roman’s brute force was all channeled into protecting his brothers. He would have gone to the end and beyond for them the same way they would have done it for him. Left on his own, Reigns was truly alone. He remained the same man but he lost the ideals that gave meaning to his personality. And with that, he lost the support of the fans.

Things got so out of hand that even the Rock couldn’t deflect the wave of hatred, directed at Reigns. I always found that harsh crowd reaction unfair, since it was never Reigns’ fault that he wasn’t written into a good storyline. Then again, the damage had been done and I had no idea how it could have been fixed. However, there is a reason why the WWE has dominated the wrestling industry for so long and is still miles ahead of the competition. The WWE Creative realized their mistake and began to rebuild what was destroyed. They tested the waters early on with the Reigns/Bryan feud. The crowd was allowed to respond to Reigns as heel, although he wasn’t and yet, he never turned. The relentless condemnation that Roman was subjected to, countered by his determination to remain true to himself, planted the seeds of guilt and compassion in the fans. And then the WWE put Reigns through an endless streak of screw jobs and heartbreak, which continues to this day. Every time Roman has the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in his grasp, it gets impudently ripped out of his hands. This goes against the fans’ conception of him. People alwabys say “ Reigns will win”, “Reigns never loses”, “It’s so obvious they’ll give it to Reigns” but none of that happens. Roman’s way to the top, which was supposed to be artificially facilitated, suddenly became artificially overcomplicated.

Once the crowd had warmed up to Regins again, the WWE pulled out the big guns. The Creative Team reached out to the link that they should have never dropped to begin with – the Shield. When Roman Reigns came to Ambrose’s aid last month, the WWE Universe exploded. Regardless of how much people claim to hate Reigns, they all admire the brotherly bond of the Hounds. Reigns helped and he did it selflessly. When Ambrose was arrested on RAW, Reigns sacrificed himself to buy the Lunatic Fringe some time. He hadn’t been given an explanation or any guarantees, only a request from his brother. So when Roman threw himself to the wolves, he did it driven by blind faith in Dean Ambrose. That devotion to another human being got the crowd to scream their lungs out for Reigns because a friendship for life is much more captivating than the One vs. All stance. If the WWE had gone with this in the very beginning, Reigns would have never had to suffer the damnation the WWE Universe put him through.

However, Roman Reigns can’t stay dependent on Dean Ambrose forever. Their friendship can and should be a reoccurring theme but it’s not a permanent solution. Can we be sure that without the Shield magic, Reigns will still retain the rediscovered fan support he’s been reaping the benefits of recently? To allow for a positive answer, Reigns’ character needs to connect with the audience on a more personal level that is not bound to the Shield. And this is where Bray Wyatt comes into play. The New Face of Fear swooped on Roman Reigns and made him crumble with one shot only.

When I first saw that photo of Roman and his little girl in Bray’s hands, accompanied by the sound of Wyatt’s menacing voice, whispering the lyrics of a children’s song, I felt my heart sink. I think my reaction perfectly corresponded with the moment Reigns’ expression changed. He was angry and confident until his saw his daughter’s image reflected in the gaze of a sociopath. I could pinpoint the moment when the look in Roman’s eyes filled up with terror. It was that instinctive, overwhelming fear that overcomes a parent when he senses that his child is in danger. What if I fail to protect her? The uncontrollable panic, left by this question, is a dark, secret fear, buried deep inside that keep the strongest men up at night. Roman Reigns, despite all his power, makes no exception.

Fear is an interesting feeling. It creates vulnerability. It can shatter a man. That’s what Bray Wyatt preys on. He knows which strings to pull in order to expose one’s soul and rip it apart. He attacks weaknesses that are too painful to be brought up to light. Using Ambrose’s real-life troubled childhood made people uncomfortable. Using Reigns’ little daughter crossed a line and hit home hard. What man doesn’t shiver at the thought of being helpless to defend his child? Roman Reigns’ fury is an outside representation of the pure terror that Wyatt has planted into his soul. It’s the desperate wrath of a blind man, who needs to protect his loved ones from a blow that he can sense but can’t see coming. The New Face of Fear has shown itself to Reigns and is now torturing his every living second, scorching his soul from the inside out.

A man, as a father, is often perceived as a hero. In the eyes of a child his father is an indestructible and almighty figure that always watches over them. But every father knows that all men fall. Bravery in the face of adversity is one thing but when that danger hangs above your child, the picture darkens. The doubt, the fear of the unknown, the horrifying though of failure were all entwined in the agonizing horror that twisted Reigns’ face when he found the charred picture of him and his daughter by his side. And for the first time Roman was vulnerable. His pain and his fears are so elementary to the human nature that they were bound to resonate within the heart of the WWE Universe. Bray Wyatt brought softness in Roman Reigns’ eyes. He mortalized him. Now, once again, the audience begins to vibrate in unison with Roman’s emotions. In his twisted way, Bray Wyatt will bring Roman Reigns the salvation he deserves.

Credit: Dela Lozanova
Wrestling Informant
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May 24th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles

WrestleMania 31 meant a lot to WWE Superstar Roman Reigns. Fortunately for the childhood fan of the San Francisco 49ers, two different camera crews were there to document his experience.

Reigns, who faced Brock Lesnar in the WrestleMania main event back in March, was covered extensively throughout the weekend by WWE cameras.

The results of the documentary were shared exclusively on the WWE Network’s“WWE 24” series. Reigns’ experience at the 49ers SAP Training Facility was captured, as was his tour of the 49ers Museum presented by Sony, and of course, his showdown with Lesnar in front of 70,000 fans inside of Levi’s® Stadium.

In addition to his behind-the-scenes documenary with the WWE Network, Reigns also shared his football fandom in a sit-down interview with 49ers Studios.

Reigns’ passion for the 49ers will be told in a 2015 episode of “The Faithful,” the franchise’s Emmy-nominated documentary series which chornicles unique stories on the five-time Super Bowl champions.

The Reigns episode is one of many fascinating stories that will be shared with 49ers fans next season.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Reigns episode by following @49ersStudios on Twitter.

Source: 49ers.com