During a recent chat with the SI Media podcast, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns addressed WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray’s controversial comments about Jon Moxley’s comeback show on AEW dynamite.
“I didn’t actually see what I took from Bubba, but I did see some responses to it,” Rains said. “And I kind of look at it in both perspectives. I understand what Bubba is saying just because I’ve been in these systems and worked for a multi-billion dollar promotion and entertainment company, which is WWE. Bubba also has these kind of mindsets that you can handle in some of these situations because we At the end of the day we are artists, we are artists and we want to be there for our fan base.
“I mean, we’ve been going through a pandemic, you know what I mean? It’s obviously a business and you know, we’re all trying to make a living. But that’s what makes our product special. Pretty much for any promotion, there’s no season for it, you know?” So we try to give our fan base as much as possible.”
Reigns noted that very few wrestlers maintain a kayfabe in 2022, and why some promos, like the one from Moxley, blur the lines between reality and personal work.
“So I can see where he is [Bully] Coming from, but I think in this day and age, there isn’t much kayfabe out there,” said Rains. “I might be one of the most performing kayfabe artists out there. There are a lot of cracks to see through, blackout curtains to be seen behind the scenes now and there are a lot of people taking rumors and information and breaking this news and things like that. But I think in this day and age, especially, you know, how much awareness of mental health and taking care of yourself and prioritizing you are.”
Reigns then praised his former Shield teammate for being “responsible enough” to ask for help.
“I don’t think he owes anyone an apology,” Reigns stressed. “I think the fact that he was responsible enough to do what needed to be done and also to not turn away from him to help others. Rarely do you talk about these people who are so just, 100% an inspiration and motivation for what Mox did and they have such brutal honesty with themselves and with anyone else On that matter. I don’t think he owes anyone an apology, I see where Bubba can come from, in a very corporate mindset, you know, prioritizing our fans. But at the end of the day, we do a lot for those fans. We don’t deliver mail, not from It’s good that we do what we do. It’s obviously a choice, but it’s not like they just give us their money and we do nothing. It’s a service and we do it.”
When asked to address “Mox” nicknamed Seth Rollins during last week’s SmackDown promo clip, Reigns said he will always have “deep love and respect” for each of his former Shield brothers.
“I’m never ashamed of my history,” Reigns admitted. “These two are my brothers. Mox sat there, I mean we did, we achieved, we went through the highs and lows, the tides in it all. So this will never change anything, I will always have a deep love and respect for these two guys.”
“Mox was actually, I mean, he’d probably actually tell you as well, he and I were pretty tight. Inside the shield and maybe a little closer. Maybe they were like, very bonded through wrestling and what they did in FCW, and before WWE. But when It’s likewise, whether we’re wrestlers or not, Mox and I, we’re friends, you know what I mean? Like we’re the type to hang out and have a beer. Well, I don’t think so anymore.”
Roman Reigns will defend his title against Seth Rollins on Saturday at Royal rumble. Reigns and Rollins had their last singles match on the October 11, 2019 episode of SmackDown.
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