As much as wrestling fans might hate Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho believes he might be the best wrestler in the WWE right now in the company.
Jericho recently did an interview with Sports Illustrated and said that it doesn't matter whether Reigns is loved or hated by the fans right now.
“It doesn’t. I mean, obviously there becomes a point where you want to steer people in the right direction. And, for whatever reason, it’s the cool thing to boo Roman Reigns just as it was the cool thing to boo John Cena, as it was the cool thing to boo The Rock. But guess what; those guys are so good, that if you are a wrestling fan, Roman Reigns might be the best wrestler in the company. I’m telling you that because if people are interested in what you are doing, whether they’re booing or whether they’re cheering, they’re still going to pay money to see you," said Jericho, via Ringside News.
Jericho is absolutely right, just as many people will come out to hate someone as they will to also cheer someone on. While Jericho believes it's good for guys to change up their character every now and then, he doesn't believe Reigns should change anything right now.
“I mean it’s always good to change up your character and stuff but you know, I wouldn’t change it right now. Obviously the boss has decided that Roman is going to be a tweener, you know. It’s like football or baseball or hockey – not everybody’s going to cheer for the same team. As long as your’re making noise. And Roman’s not stale. So I think the Bowie principle is to always reinvent yourself like you said, that happens when you’re stale. And once again, as a performer, your job, your relationship; when you start settling for something, relying on your past, then you don’t move forward. So, I think a guy like Roman is not stale," said Jericho.
Reigns is a very interesting wrestler that is fun to watch whether you love him or hate him. He's bringing more and more people to the arenas while raking in more and more money for the WWE. And right now that's all that matters.
With Reigns now going back and forth with John Cena, it's going to help his character even if Cena destroyed him during this past Monday's Raw while doing a promo for their upcoming fight.
With Reigns only being 32 years-old, he should have a nice long and successful career with the WWE. And we're sure at some point, he'll end up turning into a good guy that fans will love. To this day, it's hard to believe that The Rock was a bad guy before he ended up turning into a fan favorite. The same will likely happen with Reigns.
Before becoming a wrestler, Reigns played college football at Georgia Tech as a defensive tackle as he played alongside former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Reigns went undrafted during the 2007 NFL Draft, but signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He also spent a brief period of time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and then headed to the CFL and played for the Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Once Reigns retired from football, he signed a developmental contract with the WWE in 2010 at the age of 25. Reigns made his main roster debut in November of 2012, during Survivor Series alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as they formed a group called The Shield.
It wasn't until 2012 that Reigns became a singles wrestler and was immediately given a chance at a title.