Since making his return to WWE television last month where he announced that his battle with leukemia is now in remission, former WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns has been making the media rounds to talk about his fight with the disease as well as his WWE return.
Reigns was recently interviewed by Jimmy Traina on the SI Media Podcast where he spoke about a wide range of topics including plans to make some changes to his character in WWE.
“I honestly think last week, that was one of my goals. I was like, ‘OK, I knew the first week was gonna be crazy emotional, but I don’t wanna be the guy who comes out there and everybody gets semi-sad or gets super heavy all the time.’ I want people to have fun. I want to create escapism. It’s like a mini vacation [for the fans] on their couch. Let’s get into these storylines. Let’s take all this positive sensitivity being sent to me and shift it and send it to people in need. That’s where I’m at now, shifting all this positive energy from me to the people in need.”
“But also with the storylines and character, because we have introduced Joe, especially last week, I felt like there was a lot of Joe within the promo of Segment One. Even with the interaction with Seth [Rollins], I just feel like with me integrating the characters and who I am in real life and who I am on stage, for me to kind of mix them, it allows me to laugh at Roman a little bit and have a little more fun and be a little more loose as opposed to the stoic brawler. If you know me in real life, I’m kinda like my cousins [The Usos], I’m a bit of a clown, I act up, we goof off a lot. We’re silly. We’re big kids. We’re always goofing around, trying to laugh. If I can add that in the next couple of years, those layers of being chilled out, little more comedy, a few different emotions, I think that would be pretty neat.”
As of this writing, WWE has yet to announce his opponent at WrestleMania 35 on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in East Rutherford, NJ at MetLife Stadium. However, it appears that WWE is looking to have him wrestle Drew McIntyre at the show.
On Monday’s Raw, WWE did an angle where Reigns was slated to wrestle Baron Corbin but was attacked by McIntyre instead.