Solo Sikoa has opened up about not being close with Roman Reigns before his WWE main roster call-up.
Sikoa made his main roster debut in September at the Clash At The Castle premium live event, helping Reigns to retain his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
The former NXT star was officially welcomed into the Bloodline faction, alongside Reigns and his brothers The Usos.
Speaking with Peter Rosenberg on The Ringer’s Cheap Heat podcast, Sikoa noted that he’s only now starting to get close to Reigns. Discussing his relationship with the Tribal Chief, Sikoa said:
“You know, seeing Roman in Cardiff, I hadn’t seen him for like 20 years. We really weren’t close but he was always around at our house playing with my brothers (The Usos). They were the same age and I was way younger than them.
“Now coming into the business, I’m starting to get close with him even though the age gap is there. I’m really starting to get close with him because it’s Big Uce Roman Reigns, you know what I’m saying? He’s been running this game for a while now.”
Recalling the advice Reigns offered him ahead of his main roster debut, Sikoa said:
“He just said be there. Be there on the timing. If you don’t do this and that during the match, it’s not going to work.
“I remember when we got there, nobody knew I was there in Cardiff. None of the boys, just only certain people.
“I remember that day man, we were just sitting in the locker room. It’s quiet. I was watching them get ready for their match and I didn’t want to say anything.
“He was in his zone and I was in my zone. He was like man ‘I just need you to be here and I need you to execute this at this time’. And I did man, and it blew the roof off the place.”
Sikoa and The Usos’ father Rikishi uas urged WWE to sign another star from the Anoa’i/Fatu family dynasty, which you can read more about right here.
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