Roman Reigns had to go to great lengths to get WWE Universe approval. For many years, the 'Tribal Chief' has come to terms with a hostile audience and criticism from insiders, angered by the federation's attempt to impose him as a new symbol after John Cena.
The fight with leukemia, the sensational turn heel and the alliance with Paul Heyman are just some of the factors that led him towards the definitive consecration among the greats of this business. In the main event of the last episode of SmackDown, Finn Balor had a chance to snatch the Universal title from him, but the former Shield member tamed his opponent by leveraging experience.
Reigns will also have to watch his back from Brock Lesnar, author of a sensational return in the closing segment of the PPV SummerSlam. The showdown between the two is likely to take place at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia or at the Survivor Series.
In a long interview granted to Sports Illustrated in recent days, Finn Balor has spent beautiful words for Roman calling him a generational talent.
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“The world has never fully understood Roman Reigns' character, misjudging his performance and underestimating his abilities.
From the first moment I saw him in the ring, I understood that there was something special and different about him from all the other athletes. Only now are people and professionals realizing that he is an almost unrepeatable talent.
Roman had proven it over and over again in the past, but people were too busy booing him" - the former NXT star analyzed. Balor confided that he had changed his approach from the past: “In 2016, my only aim was to find a way to please people.
Now I don't give a damn about judgments that come from outside. I just want to do what I like. I'm performing for myself at this stage of my career, but in 2016 it wasn't like that." Roman Reigns has been a part of SmackDown since 2019 when he was drafted to the Blue brand as part of the Superstar Shake-Up.
His last match on the Red brand was in August 2019, when he faced Dolph Ziggler. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley, and RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair are also on the poster. WWE is promoting this week's SmackDown as Super SmackDown, which will air from New York's iconic Madison Square Garden.
Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Charlotte Flair - all three who are part of RAW - are advertised to appear on Super SmackDown.