Roman Reigns had favorable words for his rival Baron Corbin whilst talking with After The Bell host Corey Graves. He talked about how Corbin “rubbed everybody a certain way” including other WWE Superstars, and that he would leverage that for his in-ring work.
“Even with the boys back then he got a reaction,” Reigns said. “He rubbed everybody a certain way, and when he got into the ring, he picked it up. He’s a big guy with good timing.”
Reigns continued, “It’s one of those things, and you’ve seen it a billion times – including likely with me – guys will just get it. There would be a point in time where two left feet just becomes good footwork and it just clicks. In the past couple of years, that transition has happened for him and ever since he cut that hair off and got real stupid and cocky, it started working for him.”
He reflected on how every time Corbin is in the ring, the crowd openly “despises” him. Reigns joked how it makes his job a lot easier because “He makes it so that the crowd wants another guy to come out there and kick his ass.”
“The Big Dog” admitted that there several Superstars ready to break out in the locker room. He stressed how it’s one thing to get into a top position, and another thing entirely to stay there. Reigns pointed to John Cena as a top WWE Superstar who was able to achieve that longevity.
“You can’t just have one good month or one good year. In this day and age, your run has to be pretty significant to really make waves. John Cena changed that whole game for us,” he said.”
“It was a lot different for Rock and Steve [Austin] as it seemed like it was a transition into the next guy. You’ve gotta be able to hold it down for a while because there’s no offseason. The only way to show your value nowadays is through consistency but that’s in everything, not just this business…”
Roman Reigns is scheduled to compete at this year’s Survivor Series event. He is joined by Mustafa Ali, Braun Strowman, King Corbin and Shorty G on Team SmackDown. They face off against both Team RAW and Team NXT on November 24.
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.