Sam Roberts interviewed Roman Reigns 2 days before the Royal Rumble. He talked about his hernia surgery late last year and his recovery, recently getting married, the differences between football and wrestling, and he addresses some of the criticism he's received.
Sam Roberts asks if he'd rather feel like fans are behind him instead of the feeling (from some fans) that he's being shoved down people's throats.
Roman said, "i'm aware of all of these things. You have to look at it through many different perspectives. For me, as a provider and as a man, I have a responsibility to provide. I can't look at it like and get down on 'oh, this is what they're thinking and this is what they're saying.' To be honest I really don't care. I can only do my thing and do the best that I can. The majority of critics, I would say, are people who have no clue what they're talking about and have never been in a wrestling ring. They've never been a public speaker. They wouldn't even know how to lock up with me if I allowed them to. If I gave them the opportunity to lock up and tangle with me in the ring, they would have no clue what to do so for them to critique or ever say anything about any performer is asinine and just blows my mind."
Reigns went on to say, "it's one of those situations where obviously the company is gonna do what the company does and the fans are definitely gonna do what they do. That's what's so great. The fans have to realize that as opinionated as y'all are in the way you want it, the company is the same way and they're gonna do what they wanna do...at the end of the day i'm just a guy getting rich."
He added, "my goal is hopefully I can make everybody happy and be satisfied with the product that I created. People don't realize this...I created a product. I created the Superman punch. I've taken a spear and made it my own. There's a lot of things that i've done that I've created so there's a lot of things and opinions that I have that i'm not gonna budge on. This is money. This is what I have. I have to live with this. I live with my career. When i'm done, the WWE Universe and the company WWE is gonna move on. There's gonna be another guy and they're gonna keep going. So for me I'm trying to get everything I can out of this experience possible."
Roberts asked if he reads the criticism about his promos. Roman said, "I see all of my criticism. I'm in a position now that I get a ton of love which is great and a ton of criticism which is great. As long as i'm in people's mouths that's all that matters to me. As long as people are talking about me." He added, "the majority of the time...the people that are critiquing and bashing me, they're making me more relevant, I would think. If you didn't want me around then just don't talk about me and try and make it silent out there. That's not the case [because] they make it even more overwhelming. You know, noise is noise. That's the thing."
Roberts asked if when he hears the crowd cheering him if it silences the critics. Reigns said, "if it doesn't it doesn't bother me. I'm all about being opinionated. I'm all about speaking up for what you like and that's fine and that's what we have nowadays which is so great with social media. People can voice their opinion. I don't believe in CM Punk [saying] 'i'm the voice of the voiceless.' That's crap. People are talking and people are being heard all over the world. People are reading. You pick something up on the internet and people will read it. It doesn't matter if you're a famous superstar celebrity or joe schmo doing a 9 to 5 at Starbucks."
Reigns said that he reads all of the stuff online but people have to realize that he's a performer and he doesn't create the whole show. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the player below.