It's no secret that a handful of WWE superstars are unhappy with where they stand right now, and it only feels like a matter of time until some of them leave for AEW.
Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose in WWE), rejected a new contract and signed with AEW following creative differences and frustrations with WWE. Other talents like Rusev and Lana have expressed disappointment in where they stand, while The Revival have yet to accept WWE's new contract offers.
Luke Harper also requested to be released from WWE, but they refused to oblige. It was also reported in January that Mike and Maria Kanellis asked to be let go, but they just signed new multi-year deals to stay with WWE.
Obviously, not every superstar can be pleased with their spots in WWE. But Roman Reigns did an interview with ComicBook.com and shared had some inspirational and wise words for the disgruntled WWE talents.
"Everybody just wants to be in that [top guy] position. But people forget about the grooming period. People forget about the equity and the building of grassroots on TV, and also the audience that we're in front of. People, they can forget that I've been on television for years now.
Every week, your really ... the day in age we are content heavy society and there is just so much. ... So we're competing with all of that. So you have to consistently remind them of what you are and who you are and what your doing. I feel like some people just feel like, 'Hey, I'm going to become a big star tomorrow.' It doesn't work like that. So you have to really show that you have [the equity with fans]."
Reigns cited John Cena as an example, explaining that the 16-time World Champion "had to drive that car many many times with somebody in that passenger side" until he finally got "the keys" to "drive and go wherever he wanted." And finally, Reigns said that he tells the young superstars that they shouldn't fear "the promised land."
It's easy to understand why there'd be so many frustrated superstars in WWE. A large portion of them have gone through very brief runs as main eventers (Kevin Owens, Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura come to mind). But at any given time, there is only room for a handful of talents to be at the top of the card. But as Reigns suggested, these superstars who want to be in the big picture just have to wait it out.
What This Means
Love or hate how WWE has pushed him throughout the years, there's no questioning Reigns has been an excellent locker room leader that the company badly needs. Cena and Undertaker filled those roles for the longest time, but both only compete a handful of times a year now. Reigns has stepped up as a voice of reason backstage, and hopefully his smart words here will inspire WWE's unhappy superstars to work away and wait patiently for their opportunities.