Roman Reigns is one of the biggest and best heels in professional wrestling today and owns SmackDown every week as the main event. But that wasn’t always the case, and for a long time after the Shield split, Reigns was one of the WWE’s most notable pups, with Seth Rollins as the heel of the old group. In a new interview with FOX Sports, Ryan Satin was asked about his heel turn and big win at SummerSlam, and if the heel turn was something he had encouraged. It turns out that Reigns never wanted to babysit The Shield because the band agreed that it should be Rollins.
I’ve always wanted to be a heel, King said. I didn’t feel like a child of the Shield Group. We all agreed that it had to be Seth and then I had to be the bad guy. But, you know, it goes like this, the numbers stay the same. It all started working for me as a good guy. Then of course I had to pay here and there.
There were nights when the gods were loud. People take this reaction and take it at face value, because sometimes it was at big shows that stood out. The pay-per-view is the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia almost everybody gets booed, you know what I mean? It’s so loud in Philadelphia that one day they start booing Daniel Bryan. That’s how it works in Philadelphia. It’s just Philadelphia, the queen said. But for example, people are not there every week to see all the live events, to see how the live events or the tours are going. We were selling houses and I was the best, the crowd went crazy and was very excited.
So it was one of those things where he was: Dude, I want to do this because I know I could use another level of character work. I know I can make a lot more teams as an artist if they let me, but the numbers won’t let me, says Reign. As I said, no matter what, the answer has always been excellent. And in this day and age, I think arguments have always been a selling point, but if you don’t have a certain amount of negativity, maybe you’re not doing what you think you’re doing as well as you think you’re doing.
If you don’t have so many critics. I think Kobe said: You must have opponents. Sometimes that’s the key to success. But I think the real key to this success is how you deal with the critics. How to allow your psyche to be affected or not. But, yeah, man, I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, Reigns said.
So when the opportunity finally presented itself, Reigns was more than ready and beaten. When the opportunity arose, I took it. It was kind of a team discussion. Obviously, you need to engage the big man and get his blessing. But it seemed to work at the perfect time, Price said. I think we are in the middle of a pandemic, no ratings, no ticket sales, let’s just create that content and take care of our television providers and our viewing audience at home. Let’s risk it. If it’s not time to play, I don’t know when it will be. I’m glad we made it.
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