Hulk Hogan has praised Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns, believing that he’s a huge asset to WWE.
Speaking with Forbes, Hogan discussed his relationship with the Anoa’i family, recalling a family cookout which he attended.
Hogan then explained what makes Reigns such a great performer, arguing that he’s one of the only main event guys keeping the art of wrestling alive:
“I got a soft spot in my heart for Roman. I was real good friends with his dad, Sika, one of the Wild Samoans, and of course his partner Afa.
“We had a barbecue in San Francisco after the Cow Palace, and the Samoans invited me over to their house. Little did I know there were going to be 40 or 50 of them there.
“The whole family was there, and next thing I know, we started drinking wine and eating barbecue. And I woke up like at five o’clock in the morning sleeping in the front yard with a bunch of his Samoan brothers.
“During that time, they took a picture of me holding Roman Reigns, and he was like two or three years old. So there’s been a picture that’s circulated around of me holding Roman.
“Actually his dad’s Sika was standing next to me. So, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Roman, but I think he’s one of the only main event guys that’s keeping the art form alive.
“He can go out there and wing it, he doesn’t need a writer to tell him what to say. I can tell by the way he wrestles, he’s not following some choreographed pattern. He is really good with placement and physicality and knowing where he is at all the time in the ring.
“I see that in Roman. He’s got a feel, he’s got an instinct. He is keeping the art form alive. So I’m excited to see where he ends up with this thing.”
Reigns will be in action at the Night of Champions premium live event, teaming with Solo Sikoa to challenge for Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s WWE Tag Team Championship.
The card for WWE Night of Champions 2023 on Saturday, May 27 is as follows:
World Heavyweight Championship – Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins vs. AJ Styles
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship – Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (c) vs. Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa
Raw Women’s Championship – Bianca Belair (c) vs. Asuka
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Natalya
Intercontinental Championship – Gunther (c) vs. Mustafa Ali
Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar
Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus
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