JBL pays tribute to Roman Reigns
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 1849
Roman Reigns has been the iconic face of WWE for the past decade, despite having had to contend with a series of ups and downs. The 'resume' of the wrestler speaks for itself, although for many years he has had to deal with the disapproval of critics and negative reactions from fans.
The current Universal Champion took part in the main event of several WWE PPVs, including five editions of Wrestlemania. His sensational turn heel - combined with his alliance with Paul Heyman - allowed Roman to fully express his talent and be appreciated by the public.
After defeating John Cena at SummerSlam, Reigns kept his belt by beating Finn Balor in the September 3 episode of SmackDown. On September 26, at Extreme Rules, the former Shield member did it again by defeating the Irish superstar once again.
During the last episode of 'Stories', the legendary JBL reflected on his experience as a WWE producer in the first half of the last decade. Although the WWE Hall of Famer didn't love all aspects of that work, he did spend beautiful words for Roman Reigns.
JBL reflects on Roman Reigns
“I tried that job for a few months, but I have to admit I didn't like it very much. You have to try to explain things to the athletes as clearly as possible in their interests, but you are forced to deal with many different ideas from yours.
There are several people I have dealt with at that time, some were fantastic, while with others there were more problems. I can confess that Roman Reigns was exceptional towards me” - said JBL. “We all know Roman's career, he needs no introduction.
Even before he got to play the WrestleMania main event, it was evident that he had something more than everyone else” - he added. The 'Tribal Chief' has held the Universal title since August 2020. He will defend his belt against Brock Lesnar at WWE Crown Jewel, the show to be held in Saudi Arabia on 21 October.
It remains to be seen how WWE explains the finish to Extreme Rules. An option would be to reveal this footage and book a 'Whodunit' angle, with a heel Superstar being disguised as the cameraman who cost Finn Balor. This would be a great storyline for him, following his feud with Roman Reigns.
As for the Universal Champion, he's pretty busy. Reigns will defend his title against Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel. There's so much intrigue over Paul Heyman's role during this feud. Should The Tribal Chief retain the Universal Title, he'll face the WWE Champion Big E at Survivor Series.