Roman Reigns will face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight championship tonight at WrestleMania 32, trying to win the company’s most prestigious title at his second consecutive WrestleMania.
Last year, despite a lot of fans questioning his spot on the card, Reigns gave then-champion Brock Lesnar a physical fight before Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank and left WrestleMania 31 as champion. This year, Reigns faces another tough task as the 14-time WWE champion Triple H stands in his way.
In a new interview with Zap2It, Reigns talked about several topics; including people comparing him to John Cena, the fans’ support, and more. As he prepares to walk down the stage in front of 100,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, Reigns is only focused on his match with Triple H and nothing else.
“Me and Brock last year, we killed them with physicality. Obviously, it’s different with H, but he’s the game. He’s not fooling around. You see how this man looks, he’s still busting his ass every single day and night. For me, it’s a very serious situation. I’m not trying to go out there and not tear the house down. This is once in a lifetime for me, even being my second time. I’m not thinking about a third time. I’m not concerned about next year. The only thing I’m thinking about is April 3 and taking the title off of Triple H and putting it on my shoulder.”
Much like last year, the fans have voiced their displeasure with Reigns, booing him at arenas around the country. While it appeared that the fans were warming up to him following his defeat of Sheamus for the WWE World Heavyweight championship in late 2015, things quickly reverted back to where they started.
The most recent example is Reigns’ brawl with Triple H on RAW this past Monday. Even after a superman-like dive over the top rope, taking out droves of WWE superstars, the passionate Brooklyn, New York, crowd chanted “You still suck!” at Reigns. At this point, Reigns is not sure what causes the WWE Universe to have such a reaction to him but he’s just glad they react in some way.
“Yeah! I always seem to be a little bit polarizing or some reason, but as long as I stay true to myself and my supporters, we’re there. If you don’t like what we’re doing, then continue to boo but continue to be ready to boo. You’re going to be mad a long time. I’m not going away. Because you don’t like me, I should give it all up? I’m going to do my thing and enjoy myself. If you got my back, let’s ride. If not, do what you do.”
Reigns, 30, is relatively early into his WWE career. He’s a former WWE Tag Team champion, two-time WWE World Heavyweight champion, and the winner of the 2015 Royal Rumble. His quick rise has been compared to the likes of John Cena, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and his real-life cousin Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
While Reigns does not seem bothered by the comparison, he doesn’t want fans to view him as the next coming of anybody. Instead, he would like to carve out a niche that would enable him to create an original, once-in-a-lifetime character.
“You know, John has done a great job of being John. I’m not John Cena. I’m my own man. I’m not a Rock, not a Stone Cold. I’m not the next anybody, I’m just Roman Reigns. I’m the first and only one.”
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