By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Roman Reigns spoke with Variety about his return to WWE after taking a medical leave. “I think a lot of it was nerves,” Reigns said. “Nothing prepares you for the ring like the ring. I’ve had some really good training sessions, some great workouts, but nothing is like being in that ring in front of that crowd with the lights on you. I was pretty nervous that I would have that ring rust…but I felt once I got out there and started moving around. My instincts took over and it was just like riding a bike.”
Reigns also spoke about working with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as The Shield. “It was nice coming back with those guys, and it was more than just me,” he said. “Obviously with Ambrose, the news out with him not resigning, you just don’t know. It’s a unique time for us. We’ve grown as performers and young me to be able to handle a split to where we were separated…but it was nice to be able to put that aside after being out for five months and entertain the fans. It felt fitting to come back in and lean on those guys one more time.” Read the full story at Variety.com
Powell’s POV: Reigns also spoke about his battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia and noted that he had a chance to meet people with similar conditions at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital this morning. Reigns going public with his battle is certainly inspiring, particularly to those who have been given a similar diagnosis. Reigns, Rollins, and Ambrose are slated to open Raw tonight. Join me for live coverage at the top of the hour.
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