Roman Reigns Talks AEW Being Competition for WWE… “Foolish Thoughts”
I was fortunate enough to chat with Roman Reigns on behalf of The Sportster and during our phone interview meant to promote his new relationship with Brisk, we chatted about his new film Hobbs and Shaw, WWE, his leukemia, and more.
When the conversation turned to a chat about this role with WWE and how important he is to the product, I naturally felt the need to ask what his thoughts on Dean Ambrose leaving was. With Moxley now one of the main faces in AEW and people thinking that promotion might be real competition for WWE, what were his thoughts?
Reigns responded, “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.”
Reigns made sure to try and stay politically correct in his answer but it was clear he wasn’t ready to give much credit to AEW, at least not compared to the giant that is WWE. Reigns explained:
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.”
Reigns did call AEW another option for wrestlers and performers all over the country to get a cheque but ended with, “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.”
Reigns Is Doing His Job For WWE
Not only is Reigns one of the biggest stars and faces in WWE, he’s doing his part representing his employer and the company he spends as much time for as he can.
This is the right thing to say if you’re a WWE guy. That said, there was conviction in his voice and I think it’s a common theme among many stars in the WWE locker room that AEW isn’t on their level.