Ever since Roman Reigns returned at WWE SummerSlam in 2020, he has been on a roll. Reigns took his character and in-ring skills to the next level, achieving something fans never thought he would be able to accomplish. He also broke character during a recent WWE live event in his hometown.

The Tribal Chief has held the WWE Universal Championship for well over 500 days. He has run roughshod over anyone who has stood before him in WWE. His heel work also garnered tons of praise from fans and pro wrestlers alike.

WWE recently held a live event in Reigns’ hometown of Pensacola, Florida, where he teamed up with The Usos to beat Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods. Following the end of the match, Roman Reigns broke character and cut a heartfelt promo for fans at his hometown.

“Man, really just feels great to be home! You guys know the travel schedule. We’re all over the world all the time. Obviously, we’re going through this pandemic, we’ve been fighting through lockdowns and quarantines. And we’re still here, you know? All day I’ve been thinking, like, what do I say? How do I express how I really feel? How do I keep this concise and not crazy long and have a good message. And, I know I don’t need to say anything. Just like – a massive amount of gratitude. In fact, I think we talked about this on Friday night on FOX’s SmackDown, but man I feel blessed. I feel blessed to be able to do what I want with the people that I love, in front of the people, people. Our journey is our journey. We did it our way and you know – it is what it is. But I challenge everybody here to follow your journey and whatever your destination is.’


I run into New Yorkers, people from L.A. and they’re like ‘where you from?’ and I say I’m from a small little beach town. Pensacola is the most beautiful built … best keep secret in the whole world. It really it is! The Tribal Chief ain’t scared to go on vacation, you know what I mean? I’ve been to a lot of different beaches, I’ve been to a lot of different small towns. And this one, I’m not just being biased, this is the best one. So I challenge all the young ones here – let it go. Knock out your course, follow the journey no matter what the adversity. Just like all of you should feel, this is MY city! This is MY little beach town! And I will never say this anywhere else in the world. I don’t care if I go to Rome, Paris, London, New York …. Pensacola, we acknowledge YOU!”

Roman Reigns will be squaring off against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 38, where both of their titles will be on the line in a winner take all affair. We’ll have to see if The Tribal Chief will walk out of WrestleMania with both titles or not.

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