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Chris Jericho on why Roman Reigns can’t get over

Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho recently spoke with WSVN-TV’s Chris Van Vliet in Orlando, Florida. While there, Y2J discussed his status with both NJPW and WWE, the situation involving the Casket Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble, and trying to get Roman Reigns over.

Below are some of the highlights, courtesy of Wrestling Inc.

Why Rusev replaced him in the Casket Match at the GRR:

I was announced for the Greatest Royal Rumble and then I got a text asking if I wanted to do a Casket Match and I said sure. Then, I got a text a couple of days later saying you’re not in the Casket Match anymore, and I said ‘Yeah, sure, no problem.’

That’s the thing with the WWE. It changes constantly and you have to go with the flow. It’d be great to do a Casket Match. It’d be great not to do one. So who knows? I might get added back in five minutes before. That’s how it works.

Why Roman Reigns can’t get over:

I think he’s like a modern day John Cena. For years, fans just booed Cena because they think it’s the cool thing to do. They’re not paying attention to what he’s really doing and that’s what Roman is now. They just see Roman and they just start booing because it’s the in thing rather than just shutting up and watching this guy for what he is, which is a great performer.

And that’ll come. Obviously, if he turned heel he’d get over, but then all those people that booed him would start cheering him. I think it’s just a matter of time and staying the course and he needs some good heels to work with. Heels that want to be heels.

Wanting to throw a fireball at Roman:

I had an idea that I wanted to do and I pitched it to Vince. I wanted to throw a fireball in ROman’s eyes and blind him, like an old school Memphis idea. Vince said he’d think about it. We were going to have a program and then it changed. If we had a long program, I probably could have got it done. So there’s a secret, exclusive for you.

You can check out the full interview in the video below.


  • CC

    I generally trust Jericho and his opinions, as he is a straight shooter, but I have to disagree with him on this, especially being as I do not care what is and isn’t cool in wrestling, I just like or dislike based on whether a performer resonates with me or not based on multiple criteria.

    Last nights Raw was a perfect reason I dislike Reigns. He is god damn boring.
    Now of course following a Heyman promo is never going to be easy for anyone other than a select few, but to follow it up with the incredible 2 line borefest that he did just shows exactly why he is struggling to get over.
    Cena for all his faults knows how to work a mic and knows how to work a crowd. Reigns cannot do this.

    My feeling on Lesnar winning at Mania is that WWE genuinely want people to hate Lesnar for being part time as they feel this is the only way Reigns will go over if he wins.

  • jedi

    I cant stand when wrestlers say Roman is booed because it’s cool. No it’s because he beat the undertaker & tried to steal the big dog it’s my yard line which its clearly not as he is not a guaranteed win like taker was.

  • Soulshroude

    Finally someone less naive than most, speaking the truth. Gotta love Jericho!