WWE star Roman Reigns recently spoke with Sporting News, and below are some interview highlights.
On WWE not having the Universal Title on Raw every week:
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“It’s killing us. It’s killing us. It makes for better storytelling. It would be a better product. It would be a better show. When you have the diamond that everybody’s chasing, it gives everybody a GPS of where they are and where they’re trying to be. Not only that, it’s a driving force for live events. It’s a driving force for our Friday, Saturday and Sunday (non-televised events) when we don’t have a network special or a pay-per-view. It’s important to have that thing hanging up in the locker room in a tiny town in South Dakota on a Friday when people are not motivated. A young talent comes in and says the champ’s in here and the title is hanging up. I want that. It motivates people in some many different regards and that’s what we need.
I’m to the point where I’ve won a bunch of different championships and the only reason I want that championship is because I haven’t won it and I want it on this roster. I want it at our shows. I want it in every town because it’s going to make everybody better.”
On John Cena making him better:
“I think Cena did me a huge favor. He busted my ass and made me step up and that’s the game. You have to take the next step. If you’re climbing the ladder, you have to reach the next rung and Cena was that guy. That’s an important part, the mic work, the stick, and I thought I was able to step up. I thought I was able to take my punches and throw a few back and I thought I grew very quickly in the following weeks to all the way when we closed that rivalry out. But that’s the whole object of the game, of being on top. You have to make everybody step up and that’s what Cena made me do.”