Roman Reigns has been booked as WWE’s figurehead since The Shield broke up in the summer of 2014.
Since Seth Rollins turned his back on the dominant group, Reigns has held the Intercontinental, United States and Universal Championships. “The Big Dog” also won the 2015 Royal Rumble, and has held the WWE Champion on three separate occasions.
The heir to John Cena’s throne as the face of WWE recently spoke with TheSportster.com about a variety of topics, including if AEW posed any sort of threat to WWE.
During the interview, Reigns shut down the idea that All Elite Wrestling will serve as competition to Vince McMahon and his company. He would go on to praise WWE and say they “have the best talent in the world”:
“I’ll just say this. It’s all so new and it was what it was with Ambrose leaving and popping up over there… Competition? No, there’s no competition. WWE, we know exactly what we’re doing. We have the best talent in the world. There’s no comparing, I say that with firm confidence, all the way from the top to the very bottom, we are world class all the way through… I’m never against optimism but I think you have foolish thoughts if you really think there’s a comparison or actual competition. Just an option, which isn’t a bad thing.”
Reigns would go on to acknowledge that AEW is not only an alternative for fans, but also for wrestlers who want to go to “another place to get a cheque”:
“Is it another option? Sure.” For wrestlers around the world and in the locker room, (even WWE’s) AEW is ‘another option and another place to get a cheque.’”
This comes after Roman Reigns said he’ll “always be cheering” for former Shield buddy Dean Ambrose (now AEW’s Jon Moxley).
Thanks to No DQ for the transcription.