Crave Online has a new piece available featuring quotes from Roman Reigns to promote this year’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. In it, he was asked if he paid attention to what fans or critics say.
Below was his response:
Yeah, I think its hard not to pay attention these days with all of the social media networks and all of the different outlets. It’s so easy to connect with fans nowadays. You know, I have a Twitter and things like that. I’m not a crazy Twitter guy to where I’m tweeting out stuff every day and rarely even once a week, do I tweet. But I mean, occasionally, I read some stuff.
The funny part is, you have a guy like me who is kind of getting like a mixed vibe from time-to-time. I get a lot of love and then you’ll get the hate in the middle of it but its just funny, the perspectives you know, the differences between the love and the hate. As far as the hate, it makes me laugh. Everybody is a critic. Every critic I’ve ever had, they weren’t wrestlers [laughs]. Every wrestler I’ve ever had critique me, they were always into my stuff or what I’m doing out there. For a non-wrestler, someone who doesn’t even know how to lock up, and if we did lock up, they wouldn’t know what to do, for them to critique any of us, it really does pop me.
The interviewer stated they would think “those types of people would be pissed off no matter what,” in which Reigns stated:
That’s what haters do. They hate because they hate their lives.
CLICK HERE to read the piece in its entirety, where Reigns briefly comments on married life, talks about last year’s Rumble, returning from injury and more.
Richard Reacts: As I stated in Thursday’s Ask WNW, I don’t understand the amount of heat Reigns is getting for being the favorite to win the Royal Rumble. He’s had some bad promos and people will debate if “he’s ready” until the end of time but WWE desperately needs to create a new top star. Reigns has as much potential as anyone on the roster and has been a work in progress for over a year (Vince McMahon and Triple H have meticulously managed him for as long as he's been on the main roster). I believe winning the Rumble is the logical next step and there are only two things that have caused me to back off that over this past year.
The first is I felt Brock Lesnar should have had more title defenses. I believe it’s going to be harder to tell the story of Reigns being able to do what Cena couldn’t do for all these months. The second thing is I think there is a great story in the “total redemption” of Daniel Bryan. Having said that, I am 100% fine with Reigns winning the Rumble and main eventing Wrestlemania 31. In speaking with people in the business (who, admittedly are also wrestlers), that seems to be the feeling across the board. Bryan is the safer pick but Reigns is still a viable option. WWE needs to book Reigns correctly in the match, which I explained more at this link.
I’m not a fan of the mentality that “if they’ve never locked up, they can’t have an opinion” but that mentality is so engrained in this business it will never go away. Such thinking, however, is fairly ridiculous.