Roman Reigns’ return to WWE put him right on top of the WWE roster once again. He worked hard for years to earn that position in the company, and now he is a heel which is a spot fans saw him residing in for a long time now.
Reigns is a locker room leader, and he knows that the desire is there within the roster to succeed. He is also well aware of how much constant work it takes to maintain that top spot in WWE.
While he spoke to Corey Graves on After The Bell, Roman Reigns discussed those Superstars who say they want a push in WWE, but then it comes down to the work they can’t cut it. It takes a lot of time away from your family to be a top Superstar in WWE, and sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.
“Everybody wants to be on top. You’ve been in the locker room, you’ve been around the boys. Everybody wants that push. Everybody is like, ‘man, if they just push me’ this, this, this, and that– but when the work comes they start bitching and moaning about it. They start complaining. It’s like, you said you wanna be the guy, but you don’t wanna work on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, you know what I mean? You don’t wanna work on a Saturday, you don’t want a double-shot. You don’t want to do the media before and after the show, you know what I mean? You don’t wanna have to catch a flight across the country to do a hit for ESPN, you know what I mean?”
“There are a lot of different things that keep you away from home that make this a 24/7 365 day a year job, it’s not even a job it’s like a life. It’s a lifestyle. It’s something that’s like you just — I don’t know. You are it, you become it. It’s not something that you can just put off to the side for a while and be like, ‘I wanna be normal for a little bit.’ I don’t think it’s something that everybody as far as talent understands that and whenever they do get a little bit of a taste of it, it’s shocking and I’ve seen some of the boys go from ‘man I wanna be pushed I wanna be the guy I wanna have the responsibility of being in the locker room’ and then it’s like I kinda like it right here doing what I’m doing you know what I mean? Be on TV this month, wait, be able to make a good living, be able to be with my family for the rest of the week.”
“They don’t wanna be in a situation — not all of them, I’m not saying this is everybody — that’s what makes our locker room special is that we do have a lot of hungry performers, but it’s very rare for someone to taste the idea of doing everything. Being on every single show, being dead tired all the time and enjoying it, you know what I mean? And then being able to enjoy it year in and year out. It’s one thing to do it for a year or two, but when you’ve done it for six or seven that’s when you know you are it. You don’t got it, you are it.”
WWE doesn’t tour anymore, but that could change if the COVID-19 pandemic is ever figured out. Roman Reigns knows what it’s like to make two live events in a single night and travel across the country for a live in-studio appearance. The world might have changed a bit with Zoom calls eliminating the need to make long trips for a three-minute television spot, but the constant work is still there to be a top Superstar in WWE.
Transcription by Ringside News