Former five time World Heavyweight Champion, Booker T, has recently commented on Roman Reigns’ Hell in a Cell ‘I Quit’ Match against cousin Jey Uso.
Speaking on the latest edition of his Hall of Fame Podcast, Booker heaped praise on the family members and stated that ‘The Tribal Chief’ had the ability to make his matches and subsequent storylines feel real. He also lauded the pair for pulling emotion from the fans.
Booker T isn’t wrong. Roman Reigns has done his best work since returning to the company in August and the commitment both he and Jey showed to their recent storyline promoted it from just another main event talent filling time against mid-card fodder.
The master of the Spinaroonie had this to say:
“A good match always comes down to what is said before, and what is said after the match. With Roman, it’s not just what he said [after Hell in a Cell] but how he said it. It was very calm and real. It wasn’t over the top and just made you feel like, ‘is this story real? I don’t know.’ And that’s exactly what wrestling has always been about. The great ones have been able to go out and make you feel a certain way.”
Unable to heap enough praise on the clash, Booker likened Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso at Hell in a Cell to old school wrestling which we do not see enough of in the modern day:
“It was great storytelling, definitely got to your heart, pulled out those strings and made you go, ‘wow, man. this is pretty good.’ It had a feeling of what wrestling [used to be like], the way I always loved watching it. This was old school, a throwback. There’s always one match that makes you go, ‘man, I don’t know. Is this thing real?’ as opposed to other matches on the card.”
In just three short months, Roman Reigns has become one of the standout stars on WWE television and been involved in the most emotional and dramatic tale this year.
You can listen to the full interview by subscribing to the Hall of Fame Podcast now.
Credit for the interview: Hall of Fame Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.