WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin spoke with Wade Keller on the most recent edition of the PWTorch Livecast about various topics. During that interview, Austin commented on Roman Reigns winning the WWE Title and he’s in-ring skills. Here is what he had to say:
“With him being champion, it’s going to remain to be seen how they book this guy,” Austin said. “You’re talking about a guy whose work has really improved, but he’s got to be more aggressive and he’s gotta have a sense of urgency. Now, he’s defending that belt, not chasing it, but he’s still pretty green in that regard, especially with respect to holding a championship belt. Man, he’s really got some pressure on him with the fact that now he is the champion. Right now, he is their number one guy.”
“All of a sudden when you become that top guy or get that belt, it’s put up or shut up. It’s always good to have a goal, but when all of a sudden you’ve been kind-of prematurely pushed and kind-of rejected and then all of a sudden you’re the guy, now the pressure is on more than ever. All he’s got to do is shine, but the bottom line is he’s got to shine. He’s got to make chicken salad out of chicken scratch.”
Austin then explained that Reigns will eventually have to get over with the fans by wrestling and not just purely on his looks.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you put him with, he’s got to shine and he’s got to do his half of the match. You know, you can book him with anybody, but now you’ve got to put on your big-boy trunks and have a badass match. Wanting to be the top guy is a goal that everyone should have, and wanting to have that championship belt is something everyone wants to aspire to.”
You can listen to the interview here: