We are in Hartford, Connecticut and your announcers are Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Jerry Lawler.
Triple H makes his way to the ring and he has something to say.
Hunter welcomes us to Monday Night Raw, but then he says it has been a crazy week. We were supposed to be here on Monday, but there was this wacky, epic, historic snow storm so they told us we had to postpone Raw. Hunter says there is one thing they don’t like to do, is be told what to do.
For the first time he can remember, they did Raw from WWE headquarters.
They told us we could not hit one million subscribers to the WWE Network, but this week, we hit that number. To all of you who have subscribed, he has two words. . . Thank you.
Then they told us we couldn’t do a show in Hartford. That is why he is here to tell the people of Hartford, welcome to Thursday Night Smackdown.
It has been a controversial week coming out of the Royal Rumble on Sunday. The WWE is not the only one with controversy. The Super Bowl is Sunday and there is controversy surrounding the whole thing. The NFL and Roger Goddell has a problem with their balls. Some guys like their balls soft while some like them hard. Tom Brady says that some guys like old balls.
Hunter says the WWE has never had a problem with ‘balls’. Unlike Roger Goddell, who has controversy and does nothing, Hunter says he takes action. On February 22nd, live on the WWE Network, he will deal with a current problem. Hunter says he has a problem with a man called Sting.
Hunter promises at Fastlane he will stand face to face with his problem and he will resolve it.
There is other controversy out of the Royal Rumble. Not with the event, because it was spectacular. That Triple Threat match is one of the greatest matches he ever saw. It is a match where Seth Rollins proved to the world that he is the future of this industry. It was a match where John Cena proved to the world that he is the past. It is a match where Brock Lesnar proved that he is the beast and is still the WWE Champion. That match was not the problem.
The problem was with the Royal Rumble match itself. When that match was over and all was said and done, the building was rumbling and he felt nothing like it in his life. People were going crazy from the back row to the front row. It was electric. The next day it got worse. Everyone was talking about it. It was all over the news.
We see what happened at the end of the Royal Rumble match.
Monday on Raw, he will put an end to the controversy. On Monday night, he will make an announcement that will likely shake the WWE Universe to its core.
Roman Reigns’ music plays and he makes his way through the crowd and into the ring to go face to face with Triple H.
Roman says Hunter talks about controversy but there was no controversy. He won the Royal Rumble match. That means he is going to Wrestlemania.
Hunter says Roman did indeed win that match. Hunter asks Roman if he will win this one.
Big Show makes his way to the ring for the first match of the show.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Big Show versus Roman Reigns
They lock up and Reigns punches Show but Show pushes him back. Show backs Reigns into the corner and he punches Reigns and then he Irish whips Reigns but misses a splash into the corner. Reigns tries for a suplex but Show blocks it and he suplexes Reigns. Show with a slam and he punches Reigns in the corner. Show with a hard Irish whip. Reigns punches Show and then Show connects with a shoulder tackle.
Show with a head butt to Reigns. Show with a second head butt. Show with a biel to Reigns. Reigns hits Show in the back of the leg and he punches Show in the corner. Reigns kicks Show. Show punches Reigns in the corner but Reigns clotheslines Show over the top rope to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Reigns is down on the mat holding his knee. Show with a knee bar and we see footage from the commercial break of Reigns clotheslining Show over the top rope again, but Show hit a spear on Reigns.
We return to live action and Show continues to work on Reigns’ leg. Show with an elevated knee bar and ankle lock. Reigns gets to the ropes and then he sends Show over the top rope with a head scissors like move. Reigns with the Juggernaut Broad Jump Drop Kick. Show sends Reigns into the ring and Reigns with a clothesline but Show stays on his feet.
Reigns with another clothesline and Show stays on his feet. Reigns with a third clothesline and Show goes down. Reigns with a Samoan drop. Reigns comes off the apron and hits a cross body onto Show and both men are down. Reigns tries for the Superman punch but Show blocks it and he hits a choke slam but Reigns kicks out at two.
Show goes up top but he takes too long and Reigns hits a Superman punch but Show stays on the ropes. Reigns with a second one and Show stays on the ropes. Reigns with a press slam and he sets for the spear and he hits it and gets the three count.
Winner: Roman Reigns
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Last night, the Royal Rumble, and its aftermath stampeded through the internet like a storm. Tonight, a real storm has forced the show to be delayed until Thursday night when we will have a live episode of Smackdown from Hartford. However WWE recapped the Rumble matches of the Triple Threat Match and the 30 man Royal Rumble match. They also did exclusive interviews with Rollins, Reigns, Bryan, and Lesnar.
We will hear from Roman Reigns later tonight as he talks about the reaction to his win on Sunday night.
Lesnar’s Interview (He mentions Roman)
Michael asks Brock about his match against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania.
Brock says he is happy for Roman. Good for him. He says he hopes Roman is up for the challenge because he is. Brock says he is on a roll, baby. He is a steamroller and you get out of the way of a steamroller.
Paul asks Michael if he has anything else.
Michael asks if Roman can stop Brock. Paul says no.
Paul asks Michael when he is going to talk to Roman. Michael says later tonight and Brock says he might stop by to say hello to him.
Roman Reigns gets ready for his interview as we go to commercial.
Byron Saxton is with Roman Reigns. Byron congratulates Roman and Roman says last night was really incredible. He is asked about the people who say he is not ready to face Brock Lesnar. Roman says everyone is entitled to their opinion. He might not be the best in the locker room, but he has been taught to react. His father, Sika, threw him into the deep end when he was learning to swim. Roman says he fought and clawed to get back to the surface. He learned to swim. He is fine with being thrown in the deep end to swim with the sharks.
Byron asks Roman about the Philadelphia crowd. Did he think he was treated unfairly? Roman says he was hoping for a warmer response, but is life fair? No, life is not fair. Those fans paid their money to go to the show and watch. When you go into the arena, you can boo or cheer whoever you want. As long as he can do his thing, he is happy. Roman says he is not thinking about fair.
Roman is asked about the critics who suggest he is hand picked by the higher ups. Roman says if that is the case, he would have to say thanks for the opportunity. You still have to deliver. He has to lace his boots, go down the stairs, and go into the ring by himself. When you are given the opportunity, you have to take advantage of the situation.
Byron mentions Roman eliminating Kane and Big Show, only to have them attack him, prior to the Rock helping him. When you are getting beaten up by mammoths, who better to have you with your family. He mentions his father, uncle, and family members. That is the blood that pumps through his veins. He was born in this business. He was fed by the WWE. The greatest favor he can do is return the favor. He is looking forward to performing at Wrestlemania in front of his father. He is looking forward to meeting Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania and meeting him tonight.
A face off between Reigns and Lesnar will take place next
Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns are together in the same room. Michael thanks them for joining them.
Paul shakes Roman’s hand and congratulates him for winning and he would like to ask the questions to Roman tonight.
Roman says he’s got nothing to hide and Paul says that might be your first mistake.
Paul says he asked Brock about this before, Paul says he has known Roman’s family longer than Roman has known his own family. He took photos of his father and Afa when they were Tag Team Champions. He took Yokozuna’s first promotional photos. He managed Fatu before he was known as Rikishi bring his children Jimmy and Jey to the ring and give each other frog splashes. Everything about your family is like a bird to air or fish to water. He has known Roman when he lived in Pensacola.
Paul says he is proud of Roman’s accomplishments last night. He also knows Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, but Dwayne knows Brock Lesnar.
In 2002, the Rock ruled the roost. Rock was the Undisputed WWE Champion, laying the smack down across the globe. The fantasy was that it would last forever. That lasted until the fantasy ran into the reality. It ran into the Next Big Thing in Brock Lesnar. When Brock got his hands on the Rock, he took the championship from the Rock. You remember their rematch on pay per view . . . you can’t because The Rock never asked for a rematch. One match with Brock Lesnar was all the Rock could handle.
Why doesn’t the Rock tell you what you are up against at Wrestlemania. Your blood doesn’t tell you, not just who you are fighting, but what you are fighting. You are the one . . . to beat the one . . . in twenty-one and one.
Paul’s question is Roman . . . with all due respect, how are you going to handle disappointing your family when you lose to Brock Lesnar because you cannot beat Brock Lesnar. Not today and certainly not at Wrestlemania. How will you handle losing at Wrestlemania.
Roman says with all due respect, he will answer that to Brock Lesnar. Reigns turns to Brock and he looks deep into his eyes and he says he knows who and what he is. Roman says he knows what he signed up for. He does not think Roman knows. He will beat Brock at Wrestlemania and take that title. He knows it and Brock knows it. If he can’t, he will take a piece of Brock with him. He believes that and so should you.
Brock gets up and we have a face to face situation. They shake hands and Brock says unlike him, he doesn’t respect you.
Roman tells Brock he will.
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Match Number Five: Royal Rumble Match
Entrant Number 1 is The Miz while R Truth is Entrant Number 2. They lock up and Truth with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Truth dances in front of Miz and Miz is sent to the apron and he slides back in and he sends Truth to the apron. Miz runs into a shoulder from Truth. Miz with a boot to Truth. Truth with a leg lariat. Truth gets sent to the apron and Truth with an elbow. Truth goes up top and Miz crotches him.
Number Three is Bubba Ray Dudley and Miz is not very happy. Bubba with clothesline to Miz followed by a back body drop and he asks everyone what’s going on. Bubba with jabs followed by the Bubbonic elbow. Bubba with a slam and he sees Truth on the turnbuckles so it is time for a Wazzup head butt (by proxy). Bubba points around and he tells Truth . . . GET THE TABLES.
Miz hits Truth from behind and they hit 3-D on Miz and they send Miz over the top rope to eliminate him. Truth with a drop kick to Bubba. Number Four is Luke Harper. Bubba eliminates Truth as Harper makes his way to the ring. Harper and Bubba go face to face and they exchange punches. Harper with an uppercut and then they both go for clotheslines. Bubba tries for the Bubba Bomb but Harper escapes. Harper with a super kick but Bubba with a clothesline and both men are down.
Bubba misses an elbow drop while Number Five is announced and it is Bray Wyatt. Bubba and Bray get face to face and then Harper hits Bubba from behind and Harper and Wyatt work over Bubba. Bubba punches Bray and Harper. Harper with a boot to Bubba. Bubba is eliminated by Bray.
Are Bray and Harper working together or when does one turn on the other?
Number Six is Curtis Axel and he makes his way to the ring, but he is attacked by Erick Rowan and he makes his way to the ring for a family reunion. . . but they turn their sights on daddy and they go after Wyatt. Rowan with a biel to Wyatt and then he sends Wyatt into the turnbuckles and hits a splash on Harper. Wyatt sends Rowan and Harper to the floor.
Wyatt with a premature epointulation moment of the Wrestlemania sign.
Number Seven is the Boogeyman and he crawls to the ring with his Flavor Flav clock.
Bray tells Boogeyman it is his world. Wyatt looks back at Boogeyman while Boogeyman froths from the mouth. Wyatt with a clothesline and he eliminates Boogeyman.
Number eight is Sin Cara. Cara with a springboard head butt and kick to the leg. Wyatt with a punch and he sends Cara to the apron. Cara with an enzuigiri and he goes up top but he is met with a punch. Wyatt with Sister Abigail and he eliminates Sin Cara.
Bray gets on the mic and he tells everyone he said that this was his year and he starts to sing.
Entrant number nine is Zack Ryder. Ryder punches Wyatt but Wyatt runs into knee. Ryder with a missile drop kick and he hits a running forearm into the corner followed by the Broski Boot. Wyatt eliminates Ryder.
Entrant number ten is Daniel Bryan. Bryan punches Wyatt and then he flips over Wyatt and hits a flying clothesline. Bryan sets for the running drop kick in the corner and he hits it. Bryan with a second. He hits a third one. Bryan goes for four and he completes the circuit. Bryan with kicks to Wyatt in the corner. Bryan puts Wyatt on the turnbuckles and he sets for a super rana and hits it.
Entrant number eleven is Fandango, who is joined by Rosa on his walk to the ring. Fandango punches Bryan and hits a drop kick. Fandango with a hard Irish whip and then he dances instead of trying to eliminate a worn down Wyatt. Bryan lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt and Bryan with a kick. Bryan with an airplane spin to Fandango and then he tries to eliminate Fandango but he holds on to the ropes.
Entrant number twelve is Tyson Kidd. Kidd with an enzuigiri to Bryan and then he hits a springboard drop kick. Kidd with forearms to Wyatt and then Fandango sends Kidd into the turnbuckles. Kidd with an Irish whip and then he puts Fandango in the tree of woe and Bryan with a drop kick. Kidd with a hesitation drop kick to Fandango. Bryan with European uppercuts while Kidd with kicks. They both go for cross body blocks and both men go down.
Entrant Number Thirteen is Stardust. Stardust gets kicked by Kidd but Stardust with a reverse DDT to Bryan. Stardust drops down and kicks Fandango before he sends Fandango over the ropes. Fandango skins the cat and he throws Stardust over the top rope but he holds and Stardust skins the cat and he clips Fandango. Bryan and Kidd with a series of standing switches and Kidd is eliminated by Bryan with a German suplex. Wyatt sends Bryan to the floor through the ropes. Bryan with a suicide dive onto Wyatt.
Entrant number fourteen is Diamond Dallas Page while Bryan is sent into the ring steps. Stardust kicks Page in the back and then he slaps Page in the back of the head. Page with a Diamond Cutter to Stardust but Fandango hits Page with a knee to the head. Fandango punches Page and then he goes up top for the FanTangoDangoBama Jam but Page crotches him and Page with a Cutter from the turnbuckles. Wyatt hits Page from behind and he kicks Page. Page with a Diamond Cutter to Wyatt.
Entrant Number Fifteen is Rusev and he has his flag and Lana to watch from the entrance. Rusev with a kick to Page but Page tries for a Diamond Cutter. Rusev with a kick and he eliminates Page. Fandango is eliminated by Rusev as well. Rusev and Wyatt go face to face.
Bryan with a missile drop kick to both men and he kips up. Bryan with kicks to Rusev and Wyatt. Wyatt blocks the round kick from Bryan and Rusev with a jumping thrust kick. Bryan lands on the apron and he kicks Rusev. Wyatt eliminates Bryan.
Entrant Number Sixteen is Goldust and he hits a power slam on Rusev followed by a reverse atomic drop to Wyatt. Goldust sets to kick Wyatt but Stardust tries to eliminate Goldust. Goldust holds on and he enters the ring and Goldust punches Stardust. Stardust holds on to the ropes on the apron while Wyatt goes after Goldust. Rusev with a head butt to Stardust. Stardust with a kick to Rusev.
Goldust with an Irish whip to Wyatt and entrant number seventeen is Kofi Kingston. Kofi goes up top and he hits a cross body on Goldust and Stardust followed by drop kicks. Wyatt catches Kofi and he tries to catapult Kofi to the floor but Kofi skins the cat. Kofi holds on and he connects with a shoulder and hits a springboard clothesline to Wyatt.
Goldust saves Stardust while Adam Rose enters at Number Eighteen. Kofi is thrown over the top rope and he is caught by the Exotic Express and they carry him around the ring onto the apron. Rusev throws Rose over the top rope and he could not be saved. Rusev with elbows to Kofi and Kofi lands on the apron but Rusev with a round kick to eliminate Kofi.
There are four men currently in the match. Goldust, Stardust, Rusev, and Bray Wyatt. Goldust tries to eliminate Wyatt while Rusev tries to work over Stardust.
Entrant Number Nineteen is Roman Reigns. Reigns comes in and Stardust and Goldust grab him but Reigns throws them around the ring. Reigns with clotheslines to everyone. Reigns with a Samoan drop and then he clotheslines Goldust and Stardust over the top rope to eliminate them.
The three men in the match are Rusev, Roman Reigns, and Bray Wyatt. Reigns with a clothesline to Wyatt and then a punch to Rusev. Entrant number twenty is Big E. Rusev kicks Big E but Big E with an elbow and an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Big E tries to eliminate Rusev but Rusev holds the ropes and he sends Big E into the turnbuckles. Reigns punches Wyatt while Rusev kicks Big E.
Rusev with a cannonball into Big E in the corner. Big E tries to eliminate Rusev but Rusev holds on to the ropes.
Entrant number Twenty-One is Damien Sandow but Miz stops him before he gets to the ring. Miz sends Sandow to the back and he says that it is his spot. Reigns punches Miz off the apron and Sandow thinks about falling next to him and . . . FINALLY, you don’t put Sandow in the corner. Sandow with a DDT to Wyatt followed by the Reality Check to Big E. Rusev eliminates Sandow and Sandow takes his position next to Miz and they argue with each other.
Entrant Number Twenty-Two is Jack Swagger. Swagger with a splash to Rusev followed by a belly-to-belly slam. Swagger with a boot to Wyatt and it is time for the Swagger Bomb sponsored by We the People. Swagger tries to eliminate Rusev but Wyatt makes the save. Wyatt kicks Rusev in the ribs while Big E has Reigns on the turnbuckles.
Rusev punches Swagger while Wyatt holds him. Rusev holds Swagger for Wyatt to kick him.
Entrant Number Twenty-Three is Ryback. Ryback goes after Rusev and he hits a lariat on Rusev. Rusev holds on to the ropes while Wyatt hits Ryback with boots and knees. Wyatt works on Ryback’s arm. Swagger with shoulders to Big E.
Entrant Number Twenty-Four is Kane. Kane with punches to Ryback and then Reigns and Rusev. Kane goes after Ryback and he gets him up and has him on the turnbuckles. Rusev kicks Reigns and head butts him. Big E has Swagger on the ropes. Wyatt with a splash to Reigns while Ryback is on the apron.
Entrant Number Twenty-Five enters and it is Dean Ambrose. He lunatic fringes his way to the ring and he hits a Thesz Press on Kane. Wyatt punches Ambrose but Ambrose with a Nigel lariat to Wyatt. Ambrose with a forearm to Rusev. Ambrose goes up top for the elbow to Kane. Rusev punches Ambrose and Rusev holds on to the ropes. Swagger with a shoulder to Kane.
Ryback is onto the apron thanks to Big E but Ryback holds on to the rope and he kicks Big E.
Entrant Number Twenty-Six is Titus O’Neil. Titus gets into the ring and Reigns and Ambrose eliminate him. Swagger punches Wyatt and Wyatt goes after Ambrose. Ambrose runs his forearm across the bridge of the nose and Ambrose with a drop kick to Wyatt against the ropes.
The people currently left in the match are Roman Reigns, Rusev, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Big E, Kane, Ryback, and Jack Swagger.
Entrant Number Twenty-Seven is Wade Barrett. Barrett with punches to everyone but Ambrose punches back and Barrett with a Blackpool Slam to Ambrose. Reigns with a head butt to Barrett and then Wyatt with an uppercut to Reigns. Ryback works over Kane but Kane with an elbow. Rusev works over Big E and Swagger in the corner. Ambrose with a snap elbow drop to Barrett and then he tries to eliminate Barrett.
Barrett with elbows to Ambrose to stay in the ring and Entrant Number Twenty-Eight is Cesaro. Cesaro goes after Kane with European uppercuts and then he goes after Reigns, Ambrose, and Swagger. Cesaro with European uppercuts to Ambrose followed by a pop up European uppercut and then he gets Ambrose to the apron on a side salto but Ambrose holds onto the ropes to stay in the match.
Big E is sent to the apron by Rusev and Rusev finally eliminates Big E with a drop kick. Entrant Number Twenty Nine is Big Show. Everyone goes after Show but Show pushes them away. Show knocks everyone down to the mat individually. Show with a splash. Kane with a choke slam to Ambrose. Show choke slams Reigns. Kane and Big Show eliminate Ryback. Show eliminates Swagger. Rusev tries to eliminate Show but Kane with a choke slam to Rusev.
Kane with an uppercut and kick to Cesaro in the corner. Show with a chop to Cesaro as Kane and Show work over Cesaro. Entrant Number Thirty is Dolph Ziggler. Show grabs Ziggler but Ziggler with super kicks to Show and Kane. Ziggler with a double hesitation DDT to Kane and Show. Barrett is sent to the apron and Ziggler super kicks him off the apron to eliminate him. Cesaro with the Giant Swing to Ziggler and then he clotheslines Ziggler onto the apron.
Ziggler pulls Cesaro onto the apron but Cesaro with a knee. Cesaro with a punch but Ziggler with super kicks and Cesaro is eliminated.
Kane sends Ziggler to the apron and Ziggler drops Kane on the top rope. Ziggler goes up top and Show punches Ziggler. Kane and Show pick up Ziggler and toss him over the top rope to the floor. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail on Kane but Show with a knock out punch and Show picks up Wyatt and Show and Kane eliminate Wyatt.
We are down to the final four and it is Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Big Show, and Kane.
Ambrose with a clothesline to Show but he does not go down. Reigns with a flying clothesline to Show. Reigns and Ambrose try to eliminate Show and then Kane with a boot to Reigns and Show sends Ambrose to the mat. Kane kicks Ambrose. Show grabs Amborse and hits a choke slam. Ambrose is eliminated by Big Show and Kane.
We are down to the final three and Kane and Show work over Reigns.
Reigns is against the ropes and he fights back but Kane and Show are too much. Kane has Reigns over the rope but Show tries to eliminate Kane. Kane realizes what Show was doing and they push each other. They exchange punches. Kane grabs Show by the throat and Show does the same to Kane. Reigns picks up both men and he eliminates both men to win the match.
Reigns is attacked by Kane and Big Show because they are sore losers. They hit a double choke slam on Reigns.
The Rock’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring because a Samoan is in trouble. Rock punches Kane and then he goes after Show and then he hits a spinebuster on Kane. Rock with the People’s Elbow to Kane. Show grabs Rock and Reigns with a Superman punch. Rock with the Rock Bottom and then he goes to the floor.
Rusev goes after Reigns and then Reigns eliminates Rusev.
Winner: Roman Reigns
After the match, we see Brock watching the monitor while Paul watches Brock watching the monitor.
Rock and Reigns hug in the ring.
Triple H and Stephanie come to the stage and they are in shock.
Roman points to the Wrestlemania Sign so the victory is official.
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Tupac Shakur once put out an album titled “All Eyez on Me.”
At the time, the title of the album, which also featured a song with the same name, was fitting, being as though Shakur was under the microscope of the media no matter where he went.
The song could be very fitting for WWE superstar Roman Reigns as well.
The current leading man in the WWE, John Cena, is nearing 40, which means the WWE is currently looking for someone to eventually replace him once his time on top comes to an end.
Word around the campfire is the man in line to take Cena’s spot one day, maybe as soon as this year, is Reigns.
Ever since this notion entered the ether of the wrestling business, everything Reigns does has been placed under the microscope for further examination.
Everything Reigns does, from the way he wrestles in the ring to the walks and talks, is being analyzed with a fine-toothed comb, for people want to see what will make him the next top star in the industry.
Reigns is related to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who carried the nickname the “Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment.” Reigns, on the other hand, has quickly become the “Most Analyzed Man in Sports Entertainment.”
Although no one from the WWE has flat-out said that Reigns is in line to be the next big thing for the company, it is evident by his positioning on television that he will at least be a key player moving forward.
Reigns will be in Philadelphia this weekend for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, where he will take part in the Royal Rumble match. He broke the long-standing eliminations record in the match a year ago in Pittsburgh, and looks poised to take it all this year.
“I try not to look at positioning and things like that,” Reigns said during an interview with philly.com. “The way I look at it is a responsibility. I’m very grateful to be trusted with the responsibility of being a staple, a guy that people see every single week.
“My take on it is that it’s not about one guy,” he added. “It’s about a whole roster. Obviously, there’s your upper-tier guys and talent, but you got to have, from match one to match eight or nine, the roster of talent of guys who have done it and perform every single night. I think that’s what’s most flattering is they look at me as a guy who can handle this schedule, who can do it every single week, every single night and that’s makes me proud.”
Reigns is a very busy man. The former Georgia Tech football player is on the road at least four days a week and is taking in as much knowledge as he can from the bright minds that inhabit the WWE.
But he hears all of the analysis and critiques of him from wrestling fans and pundits.
“It makes me laugh to be honest,” Reigns said. “All of this critiquing … the only critiquing I’m worried about is from the people backstage.”
“God made me strong for a reason because I can handle all of this stuff,” he added. “I can handle haters. It’s nothing to me. For me, it’s about worrying about the people who know what’s going on. Anybody can get on the Internet and critique me on what I’m doing, but if you want to hate on me on the Internet, lock up with me and then wrestle me, and if you can hang, then you can run you mouth. I’m going to go ahead and say that 99.9 percent of them can’t do it.”
Reigns will probably be waiting a while for anyone to take him up on his offer. In the meantime, he’s solely focused on progressing as a performer so that he can eventually make an impact at WrestleMania 31 in March.
Whether or not he’ll progress all the way to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is not yet known, but the eyes of the wrestling will be watching every step of the way regardless.
“I’m ready to just get out, spread my wings and fly,” Reigns said. “There’s no better place to do than on the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania. And not only that, I get to do it in Levi’s Stadium. I’ve got a ton of family out there in California. If I was in a battle royal with 80 dudes it would be cool, but to have the opportunity to have a singles match, have some time and do my thing for the whole world to see it, I’m truly blessed.”
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Stone Cold Steve Austin recently sat down with The Sun to talk about Roman Reigns, he then gives his insight on what WWE can do to help improve Roman’s character, and also what Roman can do in the ring to help strengthen his in ring performance and ability. Check out the FULL article below. This article is credited to The Sun’s Pro Subscription. Enjoy!
STEVE AUSTIN has tipped Roman Reigns to be a huge WWE superstar — but claims the Royal Rumble favourite needs to be let off the leash.
Sports entertainment legend Austin insists the former Shield powerhouse must strengthen his approach when on the attack.
And he wants to see Reigns, 29, allowed to fulfil his potential under his own steam.
Speaking on The Steve Austin Show: Unleashed podcast, Stone Cold said: “He has all the makings of a superstar — the looks, the size, he’s got some charisma.
“They need to stop scripting his promos and just let him do his thing.
“He needs more improvement in the ring, quite honestly. He needs to learn to fill in the gaps and work more, grab a body part.
“I like a lot of that guy’s game. And if you added up all the things he has, he’s got enough to be a superstar.
“But to be a top guy, to be able to carry that company, he’s got to be able to increase his workrate.”
Austin also feels the rising star could benefit from a little more storytelling experience in the ring.
He added: “When I say ‘workrate’, I don’t mean by speeding through a bunch of high spots, but being able to tell a story. Grab a body part, work a body part and put in the time.
“And that’s the only thing he’s lacking right now, some offensive arsenal. A little bit more on the salesmanship, as well.
“He’s still relatively green, he’s still got a long way to go but if you’re going to ask me to bet on him or not bet on him, I’m betting he will make it and I’m betting he will be a big star.”
Austin, himself a three-time Rumble winner, would not be drawn on who he believes will triumph in Sunday’s 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal spectacular.
He said: “It’s a tough question to answer. When I look at the roster to see who that guy is, I’m really indecisive.”
Responding to a caller’s suggestion that Daniel Bryan may win the WrestleMania title-shot decider, Austin revealed he had not seen Bryan’s recent return after nearly eight months out following neck surgery.
He said: “It’ll be interesting to see if Bryan is that guy, moving forward how his neck holds up.
“Once you have a neck injury, you got to take care of that thing. He works a pretty active style that takes a toll on his body.
“Hopefully he’s working smarter, not harder — and he always works hard.
“I wish him the best of luck with his comeback in general and with regards to his health.”
WWE Superstar Roman Reigns recently talked to 105.3 THE FAN in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area while promoting the upcoming WWE Royal Rumble.
Reigns discussed a number of topics including his marriage and how he got to spend time with family, the success The Shield members have enjoyed as singles stars, his motivation for winning the Royal Rumble match and more. You can read a few highlights below:
Reigns said while he didn’t like being out with an injury, he was happy to spend the time off with family. He said he also got to afford a wedding and go on vacation, but he could barely move the first few weeks after being home.
Reigns said he is motivated more than ever to win this year’s Royal Rumble, especially after coming so close to winning last year. He said he has another year of experience under his belt, and that just spells disaster for everyone in the ring with him.
He said all three former members of The Shield are prospering, and fans have nothing to complain about regarding their direction. Reigns said they will continue to succeed and they will each change the face of WWE.
Credit to WrestleZone.Com for the article & to CBS 103.5 The Fan Radio for the interview.
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Listen to the full interview below:
Roman Reigns is in the interview area and we will hear from him when we get back.
We are back and Renee Young is with Roman Reigns. Renee reminds Roman about what happened on Raw when he confronted the Big Show after he was not able to protect Ric Flair from a knockout punch.
Roman says that apparently Big Show is a giant. He knows because every chance he gets, he reminds us. The person who didn’t have to remind us he was a giant every week was Andre the Giant. Show is an insecure man trapped in the body of a giant. Roman says that he doesn’t want Show’s spot, he wants his own spot. He will establish his spot at the Royal Rumble.
Roman says that he is going into the Rumble match knowing that he doesn’t have any friends or people with his back. It is one versus all and he is the one.
After his match, Bryan celebrates on the stage and Big Show hits Bryan in the back and Show rolls Bryan down the ramp and he picks up Bryan and puts him in the ring. Noble punches Bryan and then Mercury holds Bryan for Show to connect with a punch to the midsection.
Ziggler, Ryback, and Rowan make their way to the ring and they go after Show, Kane, Mercury, and Noble. More wrestlers come from the back and we get wave after wave as the ring is full of wrestlers.
Dean Ambrose’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring and he goes after people.
Not to be outdone, Roman Reigns’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring, a little faster than he did on Monday.
Wrestlers are being thrown out of the ring. Reigns punches and kicks Show out of the ring. Reigns with a Superman punch to Noble and Mercury. Reigns with a spear to Titus.
Ambrose, Reigns, Ziggler, Ryback, and Bryan stand in the ring while Kane and Big Show are on the apron.
We go to credits.
– Smackdown Digitals
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Roman sat down with CraveOnline.Com to discuss his thoughts on the Royal Rumble, Married Life, The Haters, and more. Check out the full interview below.
Roman Reigns appears to be on a rapid rise to grabbing that infamous brass ring. The Slammy winner for Superstar of the Year in 2014 has his eyes set on being the last man standing in this month’s Royal Rumble where the winner will go on to a title shot and headline WrestleMania 31 in Levi’s Stadium.
A Reigns victory would be the launching pad to becoming the new face of WWE. Luckily for us at CraveOnline, Reigns let us pick his brain.
CraveOnline: Congrats on getting married. How’s married life?
Roman Reigns: Its good, its good. I’ve been with my wife for quite some time, damn near a decade so I managed to finally take the final step.
Preparing for The Rumble
CraveOnline: The Royal Rumble is this Sunday on the WWE Network, how do you prepare for the rumble considering its non-stop chaos with so many people in the ring?
Roman Reigns: There’s not too much preparation. It’s a once a year thing. You just got to make sure your wind is up, your cardio is good, your awareness and your peripheral vision is working because like you said, its madness, bodies are flying everywhere and you can get eliminated by anybody. There’s so many people that can gather up in the ring. You turn your back on one guy and the next thing you know you’re head over heels and you’re on the floor.
CraveOnline: At last year’s Royal Rumble, you set a record for the most eliminations and you got down to the final two, fans are chanting your name, booing the hell out of Batista, what do you recall feeling in that moment?
Roman Reigns: [Laughs] The first thing was “Man, my hair is so poofy right now. Why’s it so dried out?” Then I was thinking well, I’ve been in there for thirty minutes and that’s what happens and you can’t hold that moisture, man. I was just taking in the moment. It was a cool situation. The fans as usual, WWE Universe, they are extremely vocal. They’re unlike any crowd in the world and they were on fire that night so to just have that moment and feel that rumble, it’s a real thing. The crowd when it starts to come up, you can feel the ring shaking when they start stomping their feet and making that noise. It was just a surreal moment to see myself and Dave in there as the final two.
CraveOnline: You’re one of the favorites heading into the Royal Rumble. If you were to prevail, whom do you want for the championship at WrestleMania?
Roman Reigns: I’m willing to take on any three of those guys [Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Seth Rollins]. They’re obviously all-different match-ups. But I think I have a certain skill set that allows me to compete any shape or size or skill set so I think I have enough explosive raw power to compete with John and Brock and I have enough agility and speed and strength to compete with Seth so either way you cut it, I think it will be a great match-up. If I had to, I’d step in the ring with all three of those guys. I’m not scared of anybody.
“Everybody is a critic”
CraveOnline: The Royal Rumble is in Philly this year and been known to have a rowdy crowd. Do you ever pay attention to what fans or critics say and is there anything in particular you find amusing?
Roman Reigns: [Laughs] Yeah, I think its hard not to pay attention these days with all of the social media networks and all of the different outlets. It’s so easy to connect with fans nowadays. You know, I have a Twitter and things like that. I’m not a crazy Twitter guy to where I’m tweeting out stuff every day and rarely even once a week, do I tweet. But I mean, occasionally, I read some stuff.
The funny part is, you have a guy like me who is kind of getting like a mixed vibe from time-to-time. I get a lot of love and then you’ll get the hate in the middle of it but its just funny, the perspectives you know, the differences between the love and the hate. As far as the hate, it makes me laugh. Everybody is a critic. Every critic I’ve ever had, they weren’t wrestlers [laughs]. Every wrestler I’ve ever had critique me, they were always into my stuff or what I’m doing out there. For a non-wrestler, someone who doesn’t even know how to lock up, and if we did lock up, they wouldn’t know what to do, for them to critique any of us, it really does pop me.
CraveOnline: I always find that humorous. I think those types of people would be pissed off no matter what.
Roman Reigns: That’s what haters do. They hate because they hate their lives.
CraveOnline: You just returned a month ago from injury. How tough was it sitting at home considering how much momentum you had already built and what did you do to prepare for your return?
Roman Reigns: Yeah, man, being out, it was tough. It was a situation where I was happy to be home and be with my family but to have momentum and to be wrestling every night and progressing and climbing that ladder and then all of a sudden, the rug is pulled out. That was really tough to deal with.
The rehab itself was extremely difficult mentally because I couldn’t rehab. With a hernia, the main thing is let that incision heal up and strengthen as much as possible which usually takes six to eight weeks and it was closer to eight for me before I could lift any type of weights. To not be able to rehab or go to the weight room and out train it was the toughest part mentally for me.
Even the best get nervous
CraveOnline: When you returned at TLC in December, heading through the crowd, were you a little nervous or were you amped up?
Roman Reigns: The nerves happen for me about two hours or an hour before I’m actually going out. That’s when you’re running through everything in your head, thinking about the moment, that it’s finally come back or its finally came for the first time but once I go through that curtain, once I’m in front of everybody, you could probably shoot me and I wouldn’t feel it. There’s so much adrenaline going on. I can’t tell you how crazy you feel. You’re pumped as can be.
Dean – “He’s my boy”
CraveOnline: You recently teamed up with your boy, Dean Ambrose on SmackDown. How good did it feel to have him back in your corner?
Roman Reigns: It feels good. That was the toughest part of The Shield break-up. Not necessarily wrestling together but just traveling and hanging out together and having that time. Then I got hurt and that took me off the road awhile so it was cool to be able to tangle up. It was a cool moment to be in the ring with Dean. He’s my boy.
CraveOnline: Roman, you came up through FCW and NXT, what is the developmental process in and out of the ring?
Roman Reigns: Its tough, man, and I played college ball. It’s tough mentally. It’s extremely tough physically. When I had my tryout, just from two days being in the ring, learning to bump, hit the ropes, and things like that, I came home and my back was just one huge bruise. Literally from my chest down to my ass, it was just a huge bruise. You obviously have to go through a time where you get used to it physically.
Mentally it’s tough because you’re going through this whole process of figuring out, you know, most people know who they are on a personal aspect. But when you’re public speaking, and you have a public persona, and a character, it’s a whole process to figure out especially when you have people critiquing you and people telling you what they think of you, and what you should be doing and what they think you should be doing, so it’s a process of finding yourself and finding a good team of people to help you. It’s crazy, man. It’s a total grind. It’s something I’m glad I’m done with.
CraveOnline: If you could Superman punch one person, who would it be?
Roman Reigns: Whoever has the WWE World Heavyweight Championship come WrestleMania.
CraveOnline: WWE has released many films, have there been any discussions of you starring in one of their films?
Roman Reigns: I haven’t talked to anybody about it. I don’t know enough to see if I’ve been in discussion. I’ve loved to be a part of anything, having an opportunity to entertain, to be a part of a film, or just continue to do what I’m doing, I’m so happy so just making town after town, doing my thing, but if I have that opportunity to star in a film or be an extra, I don’t care, its all a learning experience for me. If that comes up, I would definitely jump on the opportunity.
The Roman Empire era begins… ?
CraveOnline: Is 2015 going to be the year of The Roman Empire?
Roman Reigns: I think so. Tomorrow is not guaranteed so I don’t see why we can’t do it this year. I thought it was already happening in 2014 but my intestines blew out of my stomach [laughs] so we’re back on track now, everything feels good, and I think the army is growing.
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