While speaking with Comic Book, Universal Roman Reigns opened up about the inspirations for his well-received new heel character that he debuted after returning to television at SummerSlam last month.
Roman Reigns noted that his character wasn’t built around or inspired by other people within wrestling, but rather by movies. He noted that he likes characters that are justified in what they are doing, or feel as if they are:
“I can’t say that I really built it around anyone within the industry. If anything, more [from] movies. It’s hard because in a weird way, I’m sure you guys have seen Gangs of New York, The Butcher. In his mind, there is a bad element to him. but he’s the native, he’s the one that’s from America. I like those type of characters to where there’s a justification, in their own mind at least, to what they’re doing.
“For me and the character that I’m trying to portray going forward is not everybody on our roster is going to be able to understand where I’m coming from and the reason that I’m doing it because they’re not in the position that I’m in. They’re not in that boss role, that top-of-the card role, and if they are they haven’t been there as long as I have. So of course they’re not going to be able to understand. But there are some justifications and a lot of rationalizing that this character is going to go through to convince himself that he’s right, even when he is wrong. I’ll have conviction going forward.”
Roman’s new heel character has gone over very well with fans and critics on social media, particularly following his Clash of Champions main event with Jey Uso which has been widely regarded as one of the best PPV finishes in quite some time.
During another recent interview, Reigns said that he isn’t a fan of former WWE Champion CM Punk, and noted that he needs to get “slapped around”. You can read more about that by clicking here.