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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.

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  • D2K

    I hear ya. When HBK “retired” Ric Flair even in kayfabe he was far more gracious to Flair, just as Taker was gracious to Shawn when he retired HIM. From now on Reigns needs to be booked against faces. If WWE is so dilapidated not to understand what a heel is, let’s make it simple for them. Have Roman Reigns wrestle good guys predominately. At the same time, don’t have him making alliances with the bad guys as much either. He doesn’t have to change anything he is doing with his character. Just have him imposing his will on everyone.

    That’ll make money.

  • D2K

    Okay. I don’t think they’ll do that. They might, but ti would diminish the impact on how they closed the show last night which I thought was perfect. They had him sink down into the stage, turned the music off and had three last gongs, turn off the lights. End of show. That along everything else he did was perfect.

    I don’t think we should see him again until the HOF induction.

  • PG

    Well, he said thank you on Twitter, which makes any of our speculation on “should” or “shouldn’t” moot. 🙂

    I think this feud would have been weird for a young kid to watch, not having a real understanding of who Taker is. I imagine it would have felt really weird for a longtime fan to be the parent of a Roman fan last night.

  • MrDr3w

    Retirement segment? Is that better? The thing they did for Flair the night after WM24.

    I wasn’t saying him retiring was an angle.

  • D2K

    Why are people saying this is an “angle?” You’re the second person I’ve heard say this.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    There really are no words, i mean ok Taker was never going to go on forever, but to go out on a loss is one thing, but to lose to vince mcMahons latest man crush is a real slap in the face to WWE fa

  • Buzzkiller73

    Once again completely different time when Kayfabe mattered. In the PG era don’t you think the kids who are the many of his fans like you say are going to think a show of respect from there “hero” is a bad thing. You are obviously missing the point.

  • PG

    Many of Roman’s fans are little kids — and for the rest of us, the line at least has to be blurred for the story to be entertaining. If you were watching when Jake the Snake put Taker over at WM8, did you want Taker to say “thank you” in the post match interview?

  • Buzzkiller73

    Kayfabe is DEAD. This is 2017 not 1987

  • PG

    He can say that years down the line, or when he retires, but that’s breaking kayfabe a bit too hard.

  • Buzzkiller73

    Yeah I know and Undertaker picked him for the honors but damn if they aren’t turning him full on monster heel where is the gratitude. Unless that’s the angle they are finally going after.

  • MrDr3w

    He had to be in character. He’ll do it right tonight when they do the retirement angle.

  • Buzzkiller73

    The biggest rub of all time and that’s all you have to say! How about THANK YOU UNDERTAKER!!!