Ring Rust Radio with Roman Reigns
Hosts: Donald Wood, Mike Chiari, and Brandon Galvin
Audio available at Blogtalkradio.com/ringrustradio
On headlining WrestleMania in back-to-back years: I haven’t really let that set in as much as I probably should have because it still doesn’t feel real. The only thing I can really say on it is I feel very fortunate. I feel so blessed and I hope these last two years aren’t the greatest years I experience in my life but if they end up being that way I can’t complain. They have been incredible, wild, and it’s all felt like roller coaster ride. I have had a few ups and downs here and there. In the long run it’s been a lot of great moments, good memories, and awesome relationships. I think the key for me to lock down another year like this comes down to health. If I can stay healthy and go in that ring to perform every single night, then that’s what I want to do. It’s very tough on the body so the key is to maintain the healthiest body I can possibly keep.
On legends such as Steve Austin suggesting he turn on the fans and his own thoughts on the matter: You know, I don’t look at it as turning on the fans, because I don’t think they have turned on me. I still have a really large fan base and supporters that dig what I do. They love my matches and are entertained by my segments. For me, I think I need to stick with what I have been doing. We live in a world where everybody has an opinion and an opportunity to voice their opinions so it becomes a very critical era that we live in. For me, I know who I am, where I want to go, so I am just going to stick to my guns and keep doing what I am doing. It’s making for a loud reaction and that’s all that matters.
On the possibility of facing The Rock and whether they have spoken about it and how he would feel about Rock celebrating with him (Interview conducted prior to WrestleMania): We haven’t spoken too much about wrestling each other. We speak and I do see him quite a bit. We usually exchange different ideas, share different tips, and advice. If I do win on Sunday, there are only a couple of people I want to see and that would be my wife, daughter, mom, and dad. It would be my immediate family. If he comes out there I might be on high alert and he might get it too.
How things are different heading into headlining a second WrestleMania: The last year was just so busy and I had so many different opportunities and obligations at once. I was filming with the WWE network for the 24 special the whole time. This year I feel like I have a lot more space in a weird way. Just a lot more downtime and able to relax and focus. Having that down time has helped me out a lot. Now I have that time to really focus in on what I am going to do Sunday. I am able to be more mentally prepared compared to last year. Last year it felt everything was going down to the wire and looking like I wasn’t even going to be in the main event with the fight I had with Daniel Bryan at Fast Lane. Everything was kind of being thrown at me so fast that I was like a deer in headlights. It came through and I had a hell of a match with Brock Lesnar but I think with being so busy and trapped in the moment, I lost track with a guy like Seth Rollins and that’s something I can’t do. In the main event of WrestleMania you have to have your head on a swivel and be ready for everything. I think I am a lot more prepared this year.
On the possibility of a reunion of The Shield someday: I’ll always hold the Shield close to the heart. I think we can all say that’s the vehicle that got us out of the warehouse. We spent many hours in that hot, Tampa warehouse trying to get to this point. I definitely one day would want to do it but I don’t see it anytime soon. I think that’s what makes the Shield different is we all broke out and were able to maintain the level of success that we had within the group but now we are doing it as individuals. It’s really nice to be the quarterback out there. You don’t always have to worry and coordinate with everybody else. You just go out there, do your thing, beat some ass, and go home. I always enjoy that part of it. I think the Shield was so special that one day we will have to get it back together.