Roman Reigns currently holds the WWE Universal Title, and he spoke about WWE vs AEW. All Elite Wrestling is currently WWE’s main rival, even though AEW does not get the rating that WWE does. AEW still has to work really hard to beat WWE’s top shows.
All Elite Wrestling already has some very popular former WWE wrestlers. It was reported that WWE officials are not happy about AEW signing CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. Even though AEW has produced some great matches, Roman Reigns believes that AEW is no match for WWE at the moment.
He spoke about it on The Complex.
Roman Reigns Says that AEW is No Match for the WWE
“No. I mean, not for me personally. This is one of those subjects that’s very subjective and there’s a lot of passion and tribalism that really sways and creates an unbiased opinion.
But I can only speak from my perspective. I’m one of those guys who will compete at anything. Like, ‘I bet you I can eat that cookie faster.’ I want to be the best at anything that I choose to do. We pull up on lawn mowers, we cut the yard in half, I’m going to beat you.
My side will look better than yours,” Reigns explained. Roman Reigns also stated that AEW caters to hardcore wrestling fans. According to Roman, they can’t survive for long by just catering to the hardcore wrestling fans as there aren’t many remaining.
“So, me, I don’t see the real competition [with AEW] because I think their fan base legitimately is a hardcore fan base. So there’s like a ceiling and a built-in ground to that viewership. [The WWE is] trying to connect with everyone.
We’re trying to connect with the mainstream. We’re trying to pull in the casual fan. We’re trying to engage the new viewer, while also servicing our hardcore fan base and give them compelling stories to fulfill them as well.
I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but I’ve said it before, when the audience is probably the biggest character in your show, that’s strange to me”. Roman Reigns appreciates the existence of AEW as he believes it gives professional wrestlers more options.
He went on to claim that he is best in the business right now though. He said, “You’ll hear it all the time, the reviews and the comparisons. I think because they are the new kids on the block, they’re the cool kids in town I guess because of how premature and how novel it kind of still is, I think they're still being babied by these hardcore wrestling fans.
Which is fine. That’s great. I don’t think anybody’s going to ever, especially from a performance standpoint say, ‘Oh no, there’s more opportunities out there? That sucks.’ So it’s not a bad thing.
It’s a great thing for professional wrestling. It’s just a weird argument because there’s so much bias and there’s so much, ‘I’m on this side and I’m not gonna open my mind to the other side.’ And it goes both ways.