Roman Reigns is without a doubt one of the most polarizing athletes in all of professional wrestling. The former WWE Champion garners a massive reaction, a mix of love and hate, from audiences around the world, yet is consistently praised by people involved in the business.
The reaction that Reigns’ gets is actually coveted by a lot of talent, and even Kevin Owens has said in the past that he wishes he could get the kind of pop Reigns does. The Big Dog was a guest on Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg recently and discussed his crowd reaction.
The negative opinion on Reigns is known all too well at this point. Shoved down our throats, pushed too fast, not good enough to be the face of the company.
Yet he consistently puts on great matches with his opponents. It’s definitely confusing for a lot of people, including myself, and it seems to have stumped Roman Reigns himself. While talking with Rosenberg, he said he tries not to give too much thought on why so many people dislike him.
I think there are a lot of different things you can chalk it up to, I’m sure. In life, everyone wants to see you do good, but not too good, you know what I mean? Once you pass that threshold of doing really well for major success, then I think the questions, possible jealousy come out and that is when negativity starts showing its face. But ifyou are strong in your convictinos and know who you are, you have to be bulletproof to that.
I think it is still a very strong reaction. I have always been that way, though. There is not much gray area with me. You’re either with me, or you don’t like me.
Credit to WrestlingInc for the transcription.