Roman Reigns was the inaugural guest on the first episode of Corey Graves' new show Straight To The Source, on the WWE Network. The Big Dog had some things to say about The Undertaker and being a part of the match that potentially retired The Deadman at WrestleMania 33. But, what has had everyone talking is Reigns' claim that he is "the best performer, in-ring, in the world right now."
Reigns called the WWE the top of the mountain and said that he will bust his ass and do his thing and "it was his [The Undertaker's] yard. It's mine now." And as far as him being the best in the world Reigns followed that up with.
"You can go to my matches and my pay-per-views over the last three years and you can say I'm an idiot or you can be like, 'man, he has a point.' Do you know what I mean? I didn't come here for any other reason."
No one should really hold it against Reigns for believing in his abilities, however. We want our athletes to strive for greatness and to even have a shot at it you have to believe it.
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With that being said, saying you are working to be the best in the world and saying you are the best in the world and that is where Reigns is going to feel the backlash from fans—especially, given how divisive he is already with fans with more people booing him than cheering him when he walks to the ring.
During the interview with Graves, Reigns —while talking about that WrestleMania match with The Undertaker—discussed being out there in the ring with The Undertaker and just how emotional the match was. He talked about how no other superstar is as respected by the fans as The Undertaker is. And that he would like that kind of respect and reverence for himself.
"It was cool to be able to feel that. I want to achieve that. I've never felt that level of respect from an audience."
Unfortunately, making statements about being the best in-ring performer in the world—especially when you have wrestlers like AJ Styles right there in the same company as you— is probably not going to get him closer to reaching the level of respect from fans that he is looking for.