Roman Reigns’ evolution as a character has been in the works for several years. His current Tribal Chief gimmick has been his best run so far for many fans as they simply can’t get enough of his attitude. Even then, Big E still feels Roman Reigns doesn’t get enough credit. Reigns also isn’t interested in wrestling under a mask.
Roman Reigns was an eyesore for many when he was a babyface and fans and pro wrestlers alike agreed with this notion. This is despite the fact that Reigns faced the top Superstars in the company and was involved in some great matches.
Roman Reigns also recently revealed that he took inspiration from WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair and tried to copy aspects of Flair and incorporate them into his own character.
While speaking to Sportico’s Business Beyond the Game series, Roman Reigns was asked if he ever considered wrestling under a mask during his career. Reigns stated that while his brother Rosey wore one during his time in WWE, the Tribal Chief never considered doing it himself.
“You know, and I think there’s some traditions within the wrestling culture that come along with the mask wearing. You know, obviously, our luchadors within lucha libre and the Mexican influence with that style of professional wrestling all the way to our mythical characters, not necessarily an Undertaker but a Kane and different — even superhero characters like my brother [Matthew Anoa’i] and The Hurricane back in the day so, for me, it was just about presenting myself and making myself that superstar. Not necessarily the character but finding that character within to be able to display that charisma and that personality that I wanted.”
Roman Reigns successfully defended his WWE Universal Championship against John Cena at WWE SummerSlam and was confronted by a returning Brock Lesnar. Now we will have to wait and see how their feud will be booked over the coming months.
h/t to POST Wrestling for the quotes.
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