Roman Reigns recently spoke with Inside The Ropes to promote Sunday’s WrestleMania 35 and he talked about his ‘Mania opponent, Drew McIntyre and more.
On having a changed perspective and looking after himself:
“It’s been a crazy few months, there is no doubt. It’s hard to create moments like this, especially after what has happened the past six months. I think, where I am at in my career, kind of having a second chance to do what I love my perspective has changed a little bit, the things I used to stress about are not quite as big as they used to be.
“I think before I was in a position, and not that I am not anymore, but I was leading, I was looked at as a locker room leader, sometimes you can put yourself on the backburner and for me with this new perspective I have to take care of myself. It’s been a very eye opening event and to have that support system and people all over the world reach out to me, it really made me feel like I wasn’t alone, especially with a subject I was very insecure about.”
On announcing his Leukemia battle on live TV:
“It was frightening, I was terrified and at this point I don’t really get nervous about much, they’ve thrown me in the fire so I have got pretty used to managing that stress but I was just scared that I wanted to be perfect. To share something personal about yourself can be scary but I felt like I did the right thing.”
On Dean Ambrose leaving WWE:
“I want him to stay, Dean if you’re listening don’t go! I will buy you a bottle of beer and Jack every singe night. We just want him to be happy, the selfishness in us wants him in the locker room but as a friend and as a brother I just want John to be happy and if he has to recharge his batteries, I want him to be where he wants to be so I support him fully. Ambrose is a workhorse and I don’t throw that term around lightly, he is one of those guys I can depend on 52 weeks a year.”
On getting to work with an upcoming talent at WrestleMania 35:
“To be able to mix it up with someone from my generation and who is in my locker room that I can see is putting in the work and taking the proper steps to get to be in the main event picture it makes me really proud. I am grateful for the matches I have had in the past, but this is something I can really hang my hat on and I am passionate about it because this isn’t about servicing a guy helping me out. We are going to go out there and help each other out.”
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