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Roman Reigns says he is not a babyface

John Cena and Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns is arguably the most dividing superstar in the history of professional wrestling and the reason for it is considered the mega babyface push he has received since the breakup of the shield.

However, in recent times we have seen Reigns abandoning the usual babyface antics and his promos make him look more like a heel to many.

In a recent interview with ESPN Roman was asked if he sees himself as a babyface or heel, replying to it the Big Dog said that he sees himself as the first true gray area guy:

“To me, I’m neither, If I’m totally off here, then I’m totally off, but I’m the first of my type. I’m the first true gray area guy … just being what he was born to be.”

Explaining his comment, the former World Champion said that he doesn’t do what babyfaces or heels usually do and he keeps his character as real as possible:

“I don’t go out there and act crazy and flail around and be a heel. I don’t come out there smiling and kissing babies, telling each town it’s my favorite town at the end of the night, I keep it real. Sometimes I’m in a good mood. Sometimes I’m in a bad one. I want my character to be as human as possible, but not just a regular human that you see every single day.”

Roman Reigns is currently scheduled to face John Cena at the upcoming No Mercy PPV.


  • CC

    He is the first of his kind, the first true grey area guy? WTF?
    Does he not realise that tweeners have been a thing since the begining of pro wrestling?
    One of the biggest tweeners in the business was Stone Cold Steve Austin, a guy who had no friends. A guy who happily went after heels and turned on babyface partners at the drop of a hat.
    The big difference with Reigns is he is supposed to be a face and people geniunely dislike him.
    He is a tweener bt default, not by choice.

  • Angel X80

    While that’s all well and good and a creative way to look at character it leaves one glaring problem. How do you make someone the face of the company without a clear establishment of moral stance?
    I know the world doesn’t operate that way but this isn’t real life, this is fiction. While fiction should never lie it should still paint a fairly clear picture of where it’s going and how people should ultimately feel about it. And from a business stand point you have to look at giving the customer what they want. That’s just good business. So when someone who doesn’t watch wrestling decides to tune in and see this impressive looking guy who’s on every week and treated like a major star but is being booed out of every building with people chanting that he sucks, it could be a little difficult to justify this guy as the company face when it’s a face that the regular fans seem to (in majority) hate. Even if you try to spin it as “Oh, they’re just having fun, fans are being quirky, they love to boo the good guy because it’s cool, yada yada yada” it would still be confusing to a casual or new fan. And who want’s to watch a show that confuses them?
    …but that’s mu humble opinion.

  • zim

    Reigns also says hes a good wrestler.
    hes says a lot of things.
    then he throws 15 superman punches in a match.
    look how strong he looks.

  • BB

    Umm, Stone Cold Steve Austin?

  • ROB-1.

    I don’t think that the WWE knows what to do with Reigns.

  • jedi

    You come out & say things to piss the people off on purpose, you are a heel. The big dog & my yard comments ate not true just what he says to get a reaction from fans! Neither if those are true if you lose 95% of your matches!

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