Chris Jericho recently did an interview with Sports Illustrated where he talked about why Roman Reigns doesn’t need to reinvent his character despite being hated by the crowd. Chris was asked whether it matters if a wrestler gets mixed reactions, and according to him it doesn’t. He also goes on to say that Reigns might be the best wrestler in WWE.
“It doesn’t. I mean, obviously there becomes a point where you want to steer people in the right direction. And, for whatever reason, it’s the cool thing to boo Roman Reigns just as it was the cool thing to boo John Cena, as it was the cool thing to boo The Rock. But guess what; those guys are so good, that if you are a wrestling fan, Roman Reigns might be the best wrestler in the company. I’m telling you that because if people are interested in what you are doing, whether they’re booing or whether they’re cheering, they’re still going to pay money to see you.”
When asked whether Reigns needs to reinvent his character like Jericho and David Bowie did according to the “Bowie Principle”:
“I mean it’s always good to change up your character and stuff but you know, I wouldn’t change it right now. Obviously the boss has decided that Roman is going to be a tweener, you know. It’s like football or baseball or hockey – not everybody’s going to cheer for the same team. As long as your’re making noise. And Roman’s not stale. So I think the Bowie principle is to always reinvent yourself like you said, that happens when you’re stale. And once again, as a performer, your job, your relationship; when you start settling for something, relying on your past, then you don’t move forward. So, I think a guy like Roman is not stale.