Roman Reigns was interviewed this week on the Complex Load Management podcast. He talked about his heel turn, The Rock, CM Punk, his WWE Mt. Rushmore and much more.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
Roman was asked if he had Hollywood goals: “I think so. It was tough for me because I had opportunities come my way in the last 8 months but because I wasn’t working I felt weird about trying to take on other opportunities when the mainstream of my income wasn’t being taken care of. I was at home because of the pandemic. I put everything aside, project wise, off until I got back to doing what I do with my day job. But yea, you can’t fall down your whole life. I’m trying to take care of myself the best I can and stay in shape, but your spine only wants to hit that mat so often. There is a legit bump card we have as performers and you don’t want to wear that thing out. I don’t want to hit the last tick and be like, I’m done. I want to have a few more bumps on my card and have them on reserve. I have like 3 more years of bumps for sure, but I don’t want to use them. I think Hollywood if the right opportunities come my way and it all works out, I would definitely be into it. There is nothing like creating and seeing the magic happen. I think it would be a natural fit to work my way in a smaller role situation and learn as much as I can and gather as much info and possible and one day I could hold it down and be that lead guy. I don’t want to rush into anything. I’m enjoying what I’m doing now. If the right opportunity came, I would be game.”
Who on your Mount Rushmore? “I’m going to start with Taker. That’s the easy one in my mind especially when it comes to overall. I think especially the way he has continued to do it is Dwayne the Rock. Now we are getting into a really tough zone because you have to do Stone Cold Steve Austin because of what he stood for in transitioning the whole game, especially when it was nosediving. For a couple years, all the marbles were on him. The environment of the audience was changing as well. Then it’s weird because I almost put these two dudes in the same category, Hulk Hogan and John Cena. They are very similar in the kind of characters they were and the audience they drew. I guess I’m going to go with Hulk. John, I don’t think anyone ever as a whole career sold more merchandise than John Cena. That’s just a true testament to Hulk Hogan and what he did but I think what really, and maybe because of where I am at in my career, but the revamping of Hulk Hogan and the NWO to be able to transition his career for an other 3 or 4 years allowed him to utilize the bad side to then bring back the red and yellow and be the old Hulk Hogan as well.
Can we get the Rock back: “I think I’m the guy. If there is anybody that he would feel comfortable with in the ring, and have the proper build up and can rise to that occasion, there’s no doubt I’m the guy. We will definitely have to crack a lot of eggs to get to that. That’s just good TV. Going forward and building a really dominant bad guy within myself and here comes the astronomical superstar, there has never been a guy on his level. You would have to build that villain to get to that point.”
This was a very good interview and you can listen to all of it via the Complex Load Management podcast via your favorite podcasting app.