Fightin' Fanboys: WWE Superstar Roman Reigns
The WWE powerhouse gets ready for SummerSlam, lets us in on what signature move he borrowed from Thor, plus much more!
WWE Superstar Roman Reigns wouldn’t look at all out of place in the Marvel Universe, and to hear him tell it, he’d relish fighting alongside the likes of Thor or mixing it up with the God of Thunder.
This Sunday on the WWE Network and pay-per-view outlets, Reigns takes on the biggest challenge of his singles career since breaking away from his previous group, the Shield, as he faces former World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Before that, he’ll be part of the SummerSlam Confidential panel to reveal the roster for “WWE 2K15.”
Prior to his busy weekend, Reigns talked to us about SummerSlam expectations, Marvel movies, and much more.
Marvel.com: SummerSlam is one of WWE’s biggest shows of the year, maybe the biggest outside of WrestleMania, and you’re going to be a big part of this year’s edition on Sunday. How are you feeling as it gets close?
Roman Reigns: Last year [the Shield was] on pretty much every pay-per-view except SummerSlam. That was a tough pill to swallow for us. In a sense, we felt a little disrespected. Like, “You’re not putting The Shield on the card?” The Kick-Off is great because so many more people are probably going to see that anyways and there’s nothing like a fresh, hot crowd. To be out there first, the crowd is unbelievable. So much energy. But at the same time, everyone should want to be the main event of every show so we felt a bit disrespected. For me, this is going to be a nice feeling to turn it around and have a big singles match and definitely be on the card and hopefully make a bunch of memories and create some history Sunday.
Roman Reigns: Absolutely. There’s nothing better than an action-packed, sci-fi, crazy graphics movie.
Marvel.com: Have you gotten to see “Guardians of the Galaxy” with Batista yet?
Roman Reigns: I haven't but I’ve heard so many cool things about it. Just a great mix of comedy and action so I’m really looking forward to it. I heard Dave did a great job along with everybody else in the picture so it should be a good watch.
Marvel.com: Are there any Marvel characters in particular that resonated with you?
Roman Reigns: Iron Man, Thor; Captain America is pretty cool. For me, he’s tough to get into because he’s such a nerd, but at the same time, he’s a badass and he holds it down.
One thing that’s pretty cool is actually before I do the Superman Punch, when I hit the ground I was heavily influenced by Thor with the big hammer swing down to the ground. There [are] a lot of cool things you can watch. You can watch those fight scenes and see really cool sequences. These are all things we can use. For me, it’s extremely entertaining to watch these movies and they kind of help you get lost. It kind of relates to what we do. A lot of our fans get lost in what we do and kind of picture themselves doing it. When you’re watching a Marvel movie, you can do the exact same thing. You have two and a half hours to just be somebody else. Make believe you’re Spider-Man or Thor or Iron Man. Nothing cooler than thinking you’re Iron Man, right?
Marvel.com: A lot of fans of your product are fans of our product as well. Just the larger-than-life, good vs. evil thing is something that I gravitate to myself. Is that something that you can understand?
Roman Reigns: Absolutely. It’s like you said, it’s storytelling, what we’re doing. And it’s the oldest story in the book: good vs. evil. It makes for great energy. If you ever see a couple of bad guys pair off in the ring or in any situation, the interest level may not be completely there. Same with a couple of good guys. But you take the loved good guy and he’s fighting against that evil hated bad guy, there’s nothing better as far as a crowd response than that situation It’s the oldest story out there and it still works. It’s an oldie but a goodie.
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