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Roman Reigns says it feels “bittersweet” to have defeated Undertaker at WrestleMania

As it looks, Roman Reigns will have the honor of being the Undertaker’s last opponent inside a WWE ring, with all signs pointing toward the Dead Man hanging up his boots after only his second loss in 25 WrestleMania outings.

Following the match, Jonathan Coachman from ESPN caught up with Reigns on his reaction to defeating the Phenom in the main event:

To be honest with you Coach, you know, it’s bittersweet. It almost feels like a loss, you know what I mean? Because, I’ve said this for the past three or four weeks, I’ve got nothing but respect for the Undertaker. If you’ve been a part of this business, and you know, everybody’s got respect for that man. But at the end of the day you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. As a young man, as a family man, as a provider, I’ve got to go out there and fight for mine, and that’s what I did tonight.

Typically, by the time I’m connecting with Superman punches and I hit a spear, it’s done. Anything after that, it feels like torture. But that’s the type of competitor the Dead Man is. He won’t give up. He doesn’t know when to quit. That’s not in his programming. So I had to beat it into him. So that’s what I had to do. I had to dig deep and do something I didn’t want to do, and that’s take out a wounded warrior. But I feel like I did it the right way.

When asked what that WrestleMania moment meant to him, Reigns responded:

To be honest, in this moment, it’s so fresh, you know what I mean? It’s hard to digest at this point. But the only thing I can say is I did what I said I was gonna do. This is my yard now. I wasn’t messing around. And the only thing I can do now is continue to reign.