Roman Reigns has been making the press rounds this week, talking his role in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and the related gig he got starring in a commercial for promotional partner Brisk Tea.
But, like Hobbs & Shaw co-star Dwayne Johnson at the start of his Hollywood career, or John Cena now, he’s not gonna make it through many interviews without being asked some pro wrestling questions.
The Sportster snuck one in, asking what The Big Dog thinks of All Elite Wrestling. Reigns was quite gracious talking about his friend Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley leaving WWE for AEW earlier this week. Here? The respect is still there, but Roman’s competitive side comes, through, too.
Asked, “do you think it’s good that a company like AEW exists and might present some form of competition for WWE?” Reigns answered:
“I’ll just say this. It’s all so new and it was what it was with Ambrose leaving and popping up over there… Competition? No, there’s no competition. WWE, we know exactly what we’re doing. We have the best talent in the world. There’s no comparing, I say that with firm confidence, all the way from the top to the very bottom. .. We are world class all the way through.
Is it another option? Sure. [For wrestlers, AEW is] another option and another place to get a cheque.
I’m never against optimism but I think you have foolish thoughts if you really think there’s a comparison or actual competition. Just an option, which isn’t a bad thing.”
Word is his bosses are treating AEW as a competitor, but as one of their top stars, I’ve got no issue with this answer – and this approach – from Roman.