Roman Reigns is set to defend his WWE Universal Championship against former Shield brother Seth “Freakin” Rollins at the Royal Rumble tomorrow (Saturday). The Tribal Chief is working to be in the best shape of his life for his upcoming bout against Rollins.
Reigns recently sat down with Sports Illustrated Media Podcast to promote the rumble event. “We’re in Mania season,” he said. He continued, “So this is when you really got to tighten down and this is when that positioning becomes very important and the jockeying for that political power.”
Reigns also commented on WWE stepping away from the tradition of holding its PPV events on Sundays. WWE President Nick Khan previously stated that Saturdays were good for the company’s business model.
“As soon as the Rumble is done, as soon as I’m done doing whatever I’m doing, I’ll jump on a flight and get back home. So yeah it’s nice. Saturday seems to work out. I think for everybody, it seems to work out for our business model, our fans seem to like it.
“Because you know, you don’t have to wake up early for work, you have a full Sunday to recover whatever, however way you like to enjoy the rumble. And then for us performers, especially in a situation where we don’t have a Sunday live event to follow up, and we finally get to follow up, and we kind of get that chance, especially for the Smackdown folks.”
The 35th annual Royal Rumble takes place at America’s Center The Dome in St. Louis. Reigns, who hasn’t been pinned in nearly two years, is confident to keep his undefeated streak intact. Check out their face-to-face interaction in a clip from the January 14th edition of SmackDown below:
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