Unless you live under a rock, you've surely heard by now that Enzo Amore has nuclear heat in the WWE locker room for what many deemed both an annoying personality and an utter disrespect for the business that is making him a star. It's unclear about exactly what was said, but his remarks were apparently so out of line, Roman Reigns took it upon himself to remove Amore from a bus and left the "Certified G" to fend for himself. For Reigns, it was all about respect and if "you can't teach that", you get to walk to work.
In an interview with Jimmy Traina on the "Off the Board" podcast, Reigns was directly asked about his run-in with Amore. Traina wanted to know more about what happened and how The Big Dog got involved.
Reigns answered quite emphatically that he sees himself as a locker room leader in the WWE. Even though there are many wrestlers who would stand up and be heard, he's taken it upon himself to speak up when something isn't right. Reigns called himself someone who has been afforded the keys to the car and is asked to drive every once and a while. In short, he "swings the sword" and has to lay down the sentence when required. Casgeside Seats transcribed his answer.
"I swing the sword. If I put the sentence down then I lay it down. If you have heat, that's what a locker room leader does, he speaks up for the rest of the bunch. It's tough when you have so many cooks in the kitchen -- I'm not the only guy who would speak up. But as the man that I am before I was in this business I would have spoken up if something was wrong, to what I am today within our industry. I am a locker room leader. I'd like to think I've been afforded the keys to the car and I drive that thing around every once in a while. But I'm going to take care of it. I said this a long time ago, and it's funny because I said it to CM Punk, but my whole goal is to leave this place better than I found it. I meant that. This business runs... people can say whatever they want about me, I was born in this business, this business runs through my veins. If you cut my arm, it's WWE that will leak out of that. I was fed since I can remember, from my dad and if my dad wasn't there than another man in our family stepped up and he was most likely making the money through this business. I've experienced a lot of hardships and a lot of great moments throughout my life because of this business. But the bottom line is it's fed me my entire life. I don't care who you are, you will not disrespect it, not in front of me, not today, not any day that I'm alive."
Being born in the business, Reigns' roots trace back to wrestlers whose livelihood came from it. Sika Anoa'i (his father) and the late Rosey (his brother) taught Reigns to respect the industry that gave them everything. But they were not the only ones. The lineage runs deep in the Anoa'i family as Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga, The Tonga Kid are/were cousins and The Usos and The Rock are first cousins once-removed. It only makes sense then, if Amore disrespected that history, Reigns would take offense.
Reigns finished his interview by saying, "My whole goal is to leave this place better than I found it. ... people can say whatever they want about me, I was born in this business, this business runs through my veins. If you cut my arm, it's WWE that will leak out of that. I don't care who you are, you will not disrespect it, not in front of me, not today, not any day that I'm alive."
In the WWE, I guess it is true. This really is Roman Reign's yard.