Roman Reigns has opened up about which move he used to wish was his finisher, but could not use.
The Tribal Chief has undergone many changes over the last few months. Not only has Reigns adopted a new look, the Universal Champion has added many new moves to his repertoire.
Reigns has recently started to win matches with a Guillotine choke, debuting the move in October 2020 to tap out Braun Strowman. The Tribal Chief has revealed that he had always wanted to use this submission, but wasn’t allowed to until recently.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Reigns stated that he’s wanted this manoeuvre to be his finisher for a long time. Noting that his Spear was more iconic and protected, WWE producers preferred Reigns to win with his established finisher.
After The Tribal Chief reinvented his character, Reigns convinced WWE creative that it was the perfect time to debut his new submission.
Here is the full quote:
“I’ve been wanting to use that for years. No one’s to blame, it’s just the process of the creative. It’s like, ‘What if I just pulled out a submission?’ I’ve been saying that for years. Everybody knows the Spear. The producers that I work with all the way up to the head man said, ‘I think the finish would be better with a Spear.’ That’s great because for years we built that spear up and up. Even today, we’ve manipulated it over the past few months, but nobody’s going to say, ‘I can’t believe he lost to that spear.’ If he won with that spear, they’d be like, ‘Yep, he won with the spear. It’s all good.'”
WWE have always claimed that they try to market their competitors rather than their brands, so it would make sense that WWE would prefer their biggest star to have one recognisable finisher.
Reigns, on the other hand, enjoys the realism of the UFC, and enjoys the simplicity of the submission manoeuvre.
The Universal Champion is set to defend his title against Kevin Owens at Royal Rumble 2021.