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January 30th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Roman News,WWE.Com


#8  Roman Reigns

Remember that early episode of “Total Divas” where Eva Marie and JoJo had a minor freak-out when they ran into Roman Reigns in the gym? Right then you could’ve tagged the 2015 Royal Rumble Match winner as WWE’s next big thing, because what other guy could intimidate a roomful of dudes while making Maxim models go weak in the knees just by showing up? Reigns is a rare breed, the kind of performer who can have a faceoff with Brock Lesnar or a walk-on as a reality show heartthrob and appear just as convincing in each. Believe that.

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January 24th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Roman News

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Tupac Shakur once put out an album titled “All Eyez on Me.”

At the time, the title of the album, which also featured a song with the same name, was fitting, being as though Shakur was under the microscope of the media no matter where he went.

The song could be very fitting for WWE superstar Roman Reigns as well.

The current leading man in the WWE, John Cena, is nearing 40, which means the WWE is currently looking for someone to eventually replace him once his time on top comes to an end.

Word around the campfire is the man in line to take Cena’s spot one day, maybe as soon as this year, is Reigns.

Ever since this notion entered the ether of the wrestling business, everything Reigns does has been placed under the microscope for further examination.

Everything Reigns does, from the way he wrestles in the ring to the walks and talks, is being analyzed with a fine-toothed comb, for people want to see what will make him the next top star in the industry.

Reigns is related to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who carried the nickname the “Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment.” Reigns, on the other hand, has quickly become the “Most Analyzed Man in Sports Entertainment.”

Although no one from the WWE has flat-out said that Reigns is in line to be the next big thing for the company, it is evident by his positioning on television that he will at least be a key player moving forward.

Reigns will be in Philadelphia this weekend for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, where he will take part in the Royal Rumble match. He broke the long-standing eliminations record in the match a year ago in Pittsburgh, and looks poised to take it all this year.

“I try not to look at positioning and things like that,” Reigns said during an interview with philly.com. “The way I look at it is a responsibility. I’m very grateful to be trusted with the responsibility of being a staple, a guy that people see every single week.

“My take on it is that it’s not about one guy,” he added. “It’s about a whole roster. Obviously, there’s your upper-tier guys and talent, but you got to have, from match one to match eight or nine, the roster of talent of guys who have done it and perform every single night. I think that’s what’s most flattering is they look at me as a guy who can handle this schedule, who can do it every single week, every single night and that’s makes me proud.”

Reigns is a very busy man. The former Georgia Tech football player is on the road at least four days a week and is taking in as much knowledge as he can from the bright minds that inhabit the WWE.

But he hears all of the analysis and critiques of him from wrestling fans and pundits.

“It makes me laugh to be honest,” Reigns said. “All of this critiquing … the only critiquing I’m worried about is from the people backstage.”

“God made me strong for a reason because I can handle all of this stuff,” he added. “I can handle haters. It’s nothing to me. For me, it’s about worrying about the people who know what’s going on. Anybody can get on the Internet and critique me on what I’m doing, but if you want to hate on me on the Internet, lock up with me and then wrestle me, and if you can hang, then you can run you mouth. I’m going to go ahead and say that 99.9 percent of them can’t do it.”

Reigns will probably be waiting a while for anyone to take him up on his offer. In the meantime, he’s solely focused on progressing as a performer so that he can eventually make an impact at WrestleMania 31 in March.

Whether or not he’ll progress all the way to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is not yet known, but the eyes of the wrestling will be watching every step of the way regardless.

“I’m ready to just get out, spread my wings and fly,” Reigns said. “There’s no better place to do than on the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania. And not only that, I get to do it in Levi’s Stadium. I’ve got a ton of family out there in California. If I was in a battle royal with 80 dudes it would be cool, but to have the opportunity to have a singles match, have some time and do my thing for the whole world to see it, I’m truly blessed.”

Credit: Philly.Com

January 24th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

Stone Cold Steve Austin recently sat down with The Sun to talk about Roman Reigns, he then gives his insight on what WWE can do to help improve Roman’s character, and also what Roman can do in the ring to help strengthen his in ring performance and ability. Check out the FULL article below. This article is credited to The Sun’s Pro Subscription. Enjoy!

STEVE AUSTIN has tipped Roman Reigns to be a huge WWE superstar — but claims the Royal Rumble favourite needs to be let off the leash.
Sports entertainment legend Austin insists the former Shield powerhouse must strengthen his approach when on the attack.

And he wants to see Reigns, 29, allowed to fulfil his potential under his own steam.

Speaking on The Steve Austin Show: Unleashed podcast, Stone Cold said: “He has all the makings of a superstar — the looks, the size, he’s got some charisma.

“They need to stop scripting his promos and just let him do his thing.

“He needs more improvement in the ring, quite honestly. He needs to learn to fill in the gaps and work more, grab a body part.

“I like a lot of that guy’s game. And if you added up all the things he has, he’s got enough to be a superstar.

“But to be a top guy, to be able to carry that company, he’s got to be able to increase his workrate.”

Austin also feels the rising star could benefit from a little more storytelling experience in the ring.

He added: “When I say ‘workrate’, I don’t mean by speeding through a bunch of high spots, but being able to tell a story. Grab a body part, work a body part and put in the time.

“And that’s the only thing he’s lacking right now, some offensive arsenal. A little bit more on the salesmanship, as well.

“He’s still relatively green, he’s still got a long way to go but if you’re going to ask me to bet on him or not bet on him, I’m betting he will make it and I’m betting he will be a big star.”

Austin, himself a three-time Rumble winner, would not be drawn on who he believes will triumph in Sunday’s 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal spectacular.

He said: “It’s a tough question to answer. When I look at the roster to see who that guy is, I’m really indecisive.”

Responding to a caller’s suggestion that Daniel Bryan may win the WrestleMania title-shot decider, Austin revealed he had not seen Bryan’s recent return after nearly eight months out following neck surgery.

He said: “It’ll be interesting to see if Bryan is that guy, moving forward how his neck holds up.

“Once you have a neck injury, you got to take care of that thing. He works a pretty active style that takes a toll on his body.

“Hopefully he’s working smarter, not harder — and he always works hard.

“I wish him the best of luck with his comeback in general and with regards to his health.”

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

WWE Superstar Roman Reigns recently talked to 105.3 THE FAN in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area while promoting the upcoming WWE Royal Rumble.

Reigns discussed a number of topics including his marriage and how he got to spend time with family, the success The Shield members have enjoyed as singles stars, his motivation for winning the Royal Rumble match and more. You can read a few highlights below:

Reigns said while he didn’t like being out with an injury, he was happy to spend the time off with family. He said he also got to afford a wedding and go on vacation, but he could barely move the first few weeks after being home.

Reigns said he is motivated more than ever to win this year’s Royal Rumble, especially after coming so close to winning last year. He said he has another year of experience under his belt, and that just spells disaster for everyone in the ring with him.

He said all three former members of The Shield are prospering, and fans have nothing to complain about regarding their direction. Reigns said they will continue to succeed and they will each change the face of WWE.

Credit to WrestleZone.Com for the article & to CBS  103.5 The Fan Radio for the interview.

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January 22nd, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Interviews

Roman sat down with CraveOnline.Com to discuss his thoughts on the Royal Rumble, Married Life, The Haters, and more. Check out the full interview below.

Roman Reigns appears to be on a rapid rise to grabbing that infamous brass ring. The Slammy winner for Superstar of the Year in 2014 has his eyes set on being the last man standing in this month’s Royal Rumble where the winner will go on to a title shot and headline WrestleMania 31 in Levi’s Stadium.

A Reigns victory would be the launching pad to becoming the new face of WWE. Luckily for us at CraveOnline, Reigns let us pick his brain.

Reigning newlywed

CraveOnline: Congrats on getting married. How’s married life?

Roman Reigns: Its good, its good. I’ve been with my wife for quite some time, damn near a decade so I managed to finally take the final step.

Preparing for The Rumble

CraveOnline: The Royal Rumble is this Sunday on the WWE Network, how do you prepare for the rumble considering its non-stop chaos with so many people in the ring?

Roman Reigns: There’s not too much preparation. It’s a once a year thing. You just got to make sure your wind is up, your cardio is good, your awareness and your peripheral vision is working because like you said, its madness, bodies are flying everywhere and you can get eliminated by anybody. There’s so many people that can gather up in the ring. You turn your back on one guy and the next thing you know you’re head over heels and you’re on the floor.

CraveOnline: At last year’s Royal Rumble, you set a record for the most eliminations and you got down to the final two, fans are chanting your name, booing the hell out of Batista, what do you recall feeling in that moment?

Roman Reigns: [Laughs] The first thing was “Man, my hair is so poofy right now. Why’s it so dried out?” Then I was thinking well, I’ve been in there for thirty minutes and that’s what happens and you can’t hold that moisture, man. I was just taking in the moment. It was a cool situation. The fans as usual, WWE Universe, they are extremely vocal. They’re unlike any crowd in the world and they were on fire that night so to just have that moment and feel that rumble, it’s a real thing. The crowd when it starts to come up, you can feel the ring shaking when they start stomping their feet and making that noise. It was just a surreal moment to see myself and Dave in there as the final two.

Who’s next?

CraveOnline: You’re one of the favorites heading into the Royal Rumble. If you were to prevail, whom do you want for the championship at WrestleMania?

Roman Reigns: I’m willing to take on any three of those guys [Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Seth Rollins]. They’re obviously all-different match-ups. But I think I have a certain skill set that allows me to compete any shape or size or skill set so I think I have enough explosive raw power to compete with John and Brock and I have enough agility and speed and strength to compete with Seth so either way you cut it, I think it will be a great match-up. If I had to, I’d step in the ring with all three of those guys. I’m not scared of anybody.

“Everybody is a critic”

CraveOnline: The Royal Rumble is in Philly this year and been known to have a rowdy crowd. Do you ever pay attention to what fans or critics say and is there anything in particular you find amusing?

Roman Reigns: [Laughs] Yeah, I think its hard not to pay attention these days with all of the social media networks and all of the different outlets. It’s so easy to connect with fans nowadays. You know, I have a Twitter and things like that. I’m not a crazy Twitter guy to where I’m tweeting out stuff every day and rarely even once a week, do I tweet. But I mean, occasionally, I read some stuff.

The funny part is, you have a guy like me who is kind of getting like a mixed vibe from time-to-time. I get a lot of love and then you’ll get the hate in the middle of it but its just funny, the perspectives you know, the differences between the love and the hate. As far as the hate, it makes me laugh. Everybody is a critic. Every critic I’ve ever had, they weren’t wrestlers [laughs]. Every wrestler I’ve ever had critique me, they were always into my stuff or what I’m doing out there. For a non-wrestler, someone who doesn’t even know how to lock up, and if we did lock up, they wouldn’t know what to do, for them to critique any of us, it really does pop me.

CraveOnline: I always find that humorous. I think those types of people would be pissed off no matter what.

Roman Reigns: That’s what haters do. They hate because they hate their lives.

On rehab

CraveOnline: You just returned a month ago from injury. How tough was it sitting at home considering how much momentum you had already built and what did you do to prepare for your return?

Roman Reigns: Yeah, man, being out, it was tough. It was a situation where I was happy to be home and be with my family but to have momentum and to be wrestling every night and progressing and climbing that ladder and then all of a sudden, the rug is pulled out. That was really tough to deal with.

The rehab itself was extremely difficult mentally because I couldn’t rehab. With a hernia, the main thing is let that incision heal up and strengthen as much as possible which usually takes six to eight weeks and it was closer to eight for me before I could lift any type of weights. To not be able to rehab or go to the weight room and out train it was the toughest part mentally for me.

Even the best get nervous

CraveOnline: When you returned at TLC in December, heading through the crowd, were you a little nervous or were you amped up?

Roman Reigns: The nerves happen for me about two hours or an hour before I’m actually going out. That’s when you’re running through everything in your head, thinking about the moment, that it’s finally come back or its finally came for the first time but once I go through that curtain, once I’m in front of everybody, you could probably shoot me and I wouldn’t feel it. There’s so much adrenaline going on. I can’t tell you how crazy you feel. You’re pumped as can be.

Dean – “He’s my boy”

CraveOnline: You recently teamed up with your boy, Dean Ambrose on SmackDown. How good did it feel to have him back in your corner?

Roman Reigns: It feels good. That was the toughest part of The Shield break-up. Not necessarily wrestling together but just traveling and hanging out together and having that time. Then I got hurt and that took me off the road awhile so it was cool to be able to tangle up. It was a cool moment to be in the ring with Dean. He’s my boy.

The genesis

CraveOnline: Roman, you came up through FCW and NXT, what is the developmental process in and out of the ring?

Roman Reigns: Its tough, man, and I played college ball. It’s tough mentally. It’s extremely tough physically. When I had my tryout, just from two days being in the ring, learning to bump, hit the ropes, and things like that, I came home and my back was just one huge bruise. Literally from my chest down to my ass, it was just a huge bruise. You obviously have to go through a time where you get used to it physically.

Mentally it’s tough because you’re going through this whole process of figuring out, you know, most people know who they are on a personal aspect. But when you’re public speaking, and you have a public persona, and a character, it’s a whole process to figure out especially when you have people critiquing you and people telling you what they think of you, and what you should be doing and what they think you should be doing, so it’s a process of finding yourself and finding a good team of people to help you. It’s crazy, man. It’s a total grind. It’s something I’m glad I’m done with.

CraveOnline: If you could Superman punch one person, who would it be?

Roman Reigns: Whoever has the WWE World Heavyweight Championship come WrestleMania.


CraveOnline: WWE has released many films, have there been any discussions of you starring in one of their films?

Roman Reigns: I haven’t talked to anybody about it. I don’t know enough to see if I’ve been in discussion. I’ve loved to be a part of anything, having an opportunity to entertain, to be a part of a film, or just continue to do what I’m doing, I’m so happy so just making town after town, doing my thing, but if I have that opportunity to star in a film or be an extra, I don’t care, its all a learning experience for me. If that comes up, I would definitely jump on the opportunity.

The Roman Empire era begins… ?

CraveOnline: Is 2015 going to be the year of The Roman Empire?

Roman Reigns: I think so. Tomorrow is not guaranteed so I don’t see why we can’t do it this year. I thought it was already happening in 2014 but my intestines blew out of my stomach [laughs] so we’re back on track now, everything feels good, and I think the army is growing.

Credit: CraveOnline.Com


January 14th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Roman News

WWE Needs New Approach with Roman Reigns' Development as a Mic Worker

WWE is asking Roman Reigns to row a boat with a pair of plasticsporks.

Bad promos are hurting his chances of connecting with the crowd. The company needs to shift gears with him in a hurry if it plans on elevating him to the top tier.

Reigns’ mic skills are not ready for prime time, and WWE is only making his attempts to improve harder. Turning the powerhouse into a winking, cartoon-quoting goof is simply a poor decision. The key to letting him grow as a talker is to find a more suitable verbal vehicle for him and issue him less ill-fitting promos.

As much star power as he exudes and as impressively athletic as he is, big concerns surround Reigns. Blame the oral part of his game.

His mic work has been inconsistent, awkward and cringe-worthy at times.

Those aren’t the adjectives you want attached to a guy many expect to win the Royal Rumble and appears to be nearing a coronation at WrestleMania as the company’s next big star. And while he is certainly a work in progress on the mic, WWE has recently tied weights around his ankles as he tries to run to the mountaintop.

Steve Austin himself would struggle with the kind of material Reigns has had to work with.

The most egregious example came on Friday’s SmackDown. Reigns interrupted Seth Rollins, who was busy mockingly paying tribute to the wrestlers The Authority fired. The two former Shield members soon stared each other down.

Reigns played a playful, flippant babyface who was one part John Cena, one part Sylvester the Cat from Looney Tunes. As much as fans wanted to like him and what he was saying (he did get some solid chants), it was hard to get behind this version of him.

In his worst line, he said, “You are a sniveling little suck-up sellout, full of suffering succotash, son. I know that was not easy to say.” He then proceeded to say that Rollins had “donkey dung for brains.”

There is no steadfast blueprint for constructing a wrestling promo, but following a line borrowed from a cartoon character created in the ’40s with the kind of insult one second-grader slings at another on a playground is a bad idea.

That idea comes directly from the head of WWE.

Earlier, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported (subscription required, h/t Wrestling Inc) many people in company believe that WWE is holding Reigns back with the kind of promos it has given him.

It most certainly is. The speeches are far too corny and just don’t suit him.

On the Jan. 5 edition of Raw, WWE had him work in Superman references in an interview with Renee Young, complete with zany sound effects.

These weren’t two isolated incidents of fan backlash; Reigns’ Superman speech was poorly received. That should be no surprise. He is a below-average mic worker trying to pull off wretched material.

As for his SmackDown promo, the one moment where Reigns felt genuine, where his words had impact, was when he said simply, “I’m going to kick your ass.”

This is where WWE needs to veer Reigns more often. Instead of having him channel Cena and Sheamus as smiling jokesters, let him be more of the prototypical strong, silent type.

He should be the warrior who scowls, roars and maybe shoots off one straight-ahead line. No need to get cute with him. He’s handsome, imposing, a man reminiscent of some gladiator straight out of 300.

Why try to make him something that he’s not?

Let him develop and try to find his own unique voice, not one that sounds like Cena 2.0. He’s already shown progress in recent weeks, slowly getting more comfortable and more natural as a talker.

It’s best to limit his speeches as he grows. Don’t break his confidence by giving him the arduous task of getting donkey dung lines to incorporate into his promos.

Over time, Brock Lesnar, a man folks had similar concerns with, has grown as a mic worker. He once had to exclusively lean on PaulHeyman. More recently, he can do his own trash-talking, and the results are often excellent.

We saw that during his feud with CM Punk where he came off as an unrelenting, unfeeling predator.

Reigns isn’t there yet. He may never be. That doesn’t mean WWE needs to keep him from ascending the company or that he needs to stay nestled on the midcard.

It can’t, though, arm him with childish material. WWE never askedLesnar to make dung jokes. It let him be a beast, one who rarely spoke at first.

That’s the route WWE needs to take with Reigns.

He has true star power and potential that should have WWE fans excited about the future. The company just needs to better make use of his talents and free him from out-of-touch promos.

Credit: BleacherReport.Com

January 12th, 2015  | Posted by: | Filed Under: Articles,Roman News

Roman Reigns has undeniably been one of the most discussed wrestlers sports entertainers over the past few months. During the course of those discussions, it seems fans tend to come to the conclusion that he’s not ready for the push to the top that WWE is currently contemplating giving him.

The issue? He’s too green, his promos leave a lot to be desired, his work in the ring could be better, and it would seem he has followed in John Cena’s footsteps with his own personal five moves of doom.

I will be the first to admit that I also have been of the mindset that Reigns is not quite ready for the main event. I also have thought that his promos were lacking or overly scripted. And after a decade plus of Cena’s five moves of doom, I really wasn’t inclined to accept another main eventer with the same recipe.

But I must admit, although still hesitantly, that Reigns has shown me that he is improving slowly on the promo side and, in my humble opinion, dramatically on the in ring side.

Now don’t get me wrong, his feud and matches with the Big Show are never going to overwhelm anyone. I believe that Vince McMahon is trying to book Reigns strongly for his inevitable push to the stars. Yet Vince, for some reason, still thinks going over the Big Show is a must when establishing any new superstar.

What I have noticed, and I am also taking my wife’s opinion into account as well (she loves her some Roman), is that in his two matches without the Big Show since his return to in ring action, he was pretty damn good! In both televised singles matches, which were against Seth Rollins and Rusev (both of whom are great in ring performers and capable of biasing this opinion), Reigns has added numerous moves. He’s also changed up his application of his typical moveset. I have actually been very impressed — not Daniel Bryan or Seth Rollins level impressed, but impressed nonetheless. His promos have been shorter and more on point, too. I really liked the “If you come down here I’m going to punch you in the mouth” promo he cut on Raw on Big Show.

Again, an improvement.

Now, I am not a mind reader but it seems he is truly working on his overall persona. I brought this up with my wife (think of her as the casual fan or general audience, but I am slowly swaying her to the dark side of markdom), who didn’t see a need for any improvement, and she agrees that he’s even getting better!

Perhaps having a couple of months off has given him time to reflect, adjust, or just talk to creative (Vince) about his in ring abilities, use of move sets, memorization issues, or persona vs. script issues. I do remember seeing some of these talents and abilities in his earlier days. His promos, while still lacking, are getting better.

So I write this post asking you if you have noticed any of these improvements? Or am I out in left field somewhere? Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts in the comments!

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