Roman Reigns recently did an interview with ESPN where he spoke about facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33 in 2017.
This contest, which was the main event of this show, ended up being criticized by fans. Since that time, both Reigns and Taker have admitted not being thrilled about the match.
It turns out that this contest was supposed to be Taker’s retirement match, but due to the performance, the former WWE Champion decided to redeem himself. This is heavily covered in the docuseries that ends this Sunday on the WWE Network with the final episode.
According to Reigns, he found out that he was wrestling Taker after talking with Vince McMahon, but Taker almost broke the news to him a week before.
“I remember the conversation with Vince,” Reigns recalled. “I saw Taker like a week prior, and he almost gave it away, but he did good in covering it up. He could tell I didn’t know yet. When Vince explained it to me, I was just in awe. It’s something that everybody who gets into the business wants, to get into the ring with The Undertaker. And I remember the first thing I thought was that I wanted to put him over. I wanted to lose. Immediately, that was my instinct. Out of respect.
“I knew he was in pain, but I didn’t know he was going in [for hip surgery] soon after that or else I would have crafted that story a little differently. So I knew it was on me to try to help carry it. The movement of the match. Orbit around him. But I thought it would have been a better story if I was on my back at the end. Obviously, it didn’t go that way.”
Reigns also talked about crying after the match and more. Check out the full interview here.