Roman Reigns has emerged as a polarizing figure in the fast-paced world of professional wrestling, where fan reactions can swing like a pendulum. Loved by some, loathed by others, Reigns' path to the top has been a tumultuous journey in the eyes of the WWE Universe.
However, one man who never wavered in his belief in Reigns' potential was AEW's Samoa Joe. In a candid interview with Metro, the current ROH World Television Champion revealed that he had always seen the makings of a major star in Roman Reigns, even during their time together in WWE.
Joe's experience, competing against Reigns on numerous occasions, including high-stakes pay-per-view matches, allowed him to witness the evolution of "The Tribal Chief" from a different iteration of the character. Joe confessed, "Just understand that a lot of what you see today, I saw back then and knew it was inevitable." Despite fans' mixed reactions to Reigns in the past, Joe's conviction never wavered.
He perceived something in the Samoan superstar that many WWE fans may not have recognized at the time, but which has since become evident to all.
Samoa Joe's Revelation: Reigns' Inevitable Ascendance
Reflecting on his time in the ring with Reigns, Joe acknowledged the moment he was certain of his potential, saying, "That's the biggest thing that I can take away from Roman and being in the ring with him, I realized that, yep, this is gonna be the one." For Joe, it was clear that it was only a matter of time, allowing Reigns to find his comfort zone and seize the opportunity to embrace a character that resonated with both him and the audience.
The transformation into "The Tribal Chief" marked a turning point in Reigns' career. The Bloodline storyline proved to be a masterstroke, enabling Reigns to elevate his in-ring prowess and demonstrate a commanding presence as a character.
Embracing his Samoan heritage and forging strong alliances, Reigns' new persona struck a chord with fans and critics alike. Since donning the mantle of "The Tribal Chief," Reigns has been unstoppable, dominating the WWE landscape with an aura of confidence and authority.
His character has brought forth a level of intensity and charisma that has cemented him as a top-tier performer in the industry. As Roman Reigns continues to thrive in his role, proving the naysayers wrong, Samoa Joe's unwavering belief stands as a testament to the power of vision and foresight in the unpredictable world of professional wrestling.
The WWE Universe may have experienced ups and downs in their reception of Reigns, but one thing remains clear: he is now a force to be reckoned with, and his journey to success was always destined to be.