Roman Reigns has revealed that he does not want to portray the same persona that he did before his recent battle with leukemia.
Before Roman Reigns emerged on Raw last October and revealed to the world that he had leukemia, most of the WWE Universe didn't like him all that much. Naturally, pretty much every wrestling fan has changed their tune and been fully behind him during his battle and since his return.
However, whenever we hear that music echo around the arena, we still expect it to be greeted with a chorus of boos. Depending on how The Big Dog is booked in the coming months, we may well see a return to that norm. WWE will want to avoid that, and Reigns will definitely not want things to go back to how they used to be prior to his absence.
The former Universal Champion effectively said as much during a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. While he didn't say he wanted to stave off the boos, he did admit that he has realized he wants to include more of himself in the Reigns character. "I just feel like with me integrating the characters and who I am in real life...it allows me to laugh at Roman a little bit and have a little more fun," he explained.
Reigns described his wrestling persona up until now as being that of a "stoic brawler," however, claims that in real life, he is a lot more like his cousins, The Usos. "If I can add that in the next couple of years, those layers of being chilled out, little more comedy, a few different emotions, I think that would be pretty neat." We wholeheartedly agree with you, Roman.
When it comes to the timing of Reigns' return, the good news is that WWE doesn't seem to be trying to shoehorn him into the 'Mania match between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar. That would have been a surefire way to get The Big Dog booed again sooner rather than later. We do imagine that Reigns will be Rollins' first challenger should he beat The Beast though, and hopefully Reigns new outlook will be on show for that should it happen.