WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns has waded into the furore caused by Bully Ray’s comments regarding his ex-Shield partner, Jon Moxley.
Bully Ray caused an uproar when he suggested that Jon Moxley should have apologised to fans in his come-back address in AEW after taking time out to deal with issues stemming from alcohol addiction.
Moxley’s wife and former WWE broadcaster Renee Paquette has been very vocal in her condemnation of Ray’s take on the situation.
Now Moxley’s former brother in The Shield, Roman Reigns has opened up about his thoughts on the matter in an appearance on the SI Media podcast. The Tribal Chief began by saying he can understand where Bully Ray is coming from:
“I didn’t actually see the take from Bubba, but I’ve seen some of the responses to it and I look at it kind of in both perspectives. I understand what Bubba is saying only because I’ve been in these systems and worked for, you know, a billion-dollar promotion and entertainment company, being WWE.”
“And Bubba has too, and these are some of the mindsets of kind of the direction [to] handle some of these situations because, at the end of the day, we are performers. We’re entertainers and we want to be there for our fanbase.”
“I mean, we continued through a pandemic, you know what I mean? Obviously, it’s a business and you know, we’re all trying to make a living. But that’s what makes our product special. For pretty much any promotion, there’s no off-season, you know? So we try to give our fanbase as much as we can.”
“So I can see where he’s [Bully] coming from, but I think in this day and age, there’s not like too much kayfabe. I might be one of the most kayfabe performers out there. There’s so many cracks to see through, the blinds to see into backstage now and there’s so many people getting rumors and info and breaking this news and stuff like that.”
However, Roman Reigns goes on to stress that he doesn’t believe that Jon Moxley owes anyone an apology for taking time to deal with his issues:
“But I think in this day and age, especially with, you know, how much awareness there is for mental health and taking care of yourself and prioritizing you.”
“I don’t think he owes anyone an apology. I think the fact that he was responsible enough to do what needed to be done and also not shy away from it to help other people. You rarely talk about those people that are just, 100% inspired and motivated by what Mox did and having that brutal honesty with themselves and everyone else for the matter.”
“I don’t think he owes anyone an apology, I see where Bubba could be coming from, in a very corporate mindset of, you know prioritizing our fans. But at the end of the day, we do so much for these fans. We don’t deliver the mail, it don’t feel good to do what we do. And obviously, it’s a choice, but it’s not like they’re just giving their money to us and we’re not doing anything. It’s a service and we’re performing that service.”