Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Roman Reigns has revealed that he believes if he were in the Attitude Era, it would’ve been too easy for him.
Stone Cold Steve Austin, HHH, The Rock – all from that time period, a period which Roman believes that character development was easier for them. Reigns highlights his current “mob boss-like” run on Smackdown and how that could be developed so much more if the PG rating wasn’t there to restrict it.
Smackdown’s Tribal Chief didn’t hold back when he was asked by host Jimmy Traina whether he ever wishes he could’ve been a part of the Attitude Era (late 1990s and early 2000s), when there wasn’t so much a filter on what the superstars could do or say in the WWE.
To be honest, and this is gonna make some good headlines, but it would’ve been too easy man.
I feel like [John] Cena said it before. “It’s a challenge to be PG”. It’s a challenge to not have to go the cheap route. Being able to shove everything up everyone’s ass, to do all that stuff, to just chug beers – and I’m not taking anything way from the performance and the physicality of what they did and the stories they told in the ring – these guys were great performers and great in-ring wrestlers, there’s no doubt about that.
But the character development was easier.
If I could just start chugging bourbon and smoking cigars, imagine what my character could be. We could go even further on this mob boss thing. It’s more challenging what we do now. It’s the facts. That’s why the business is bigger. That’s why we have a bigger platform now. And that was all due to the work done before us to get us to this point, but at the same time if we don’t do it the way we do it now, it wouldn’t be that way. It was a different time.
We’re yet to hear a response from some of the icons of the Attitude Era, it will be interesting to see whether they actually agree with Reigns.
Roman Reigns is scheduled to defend his WWE Universal Championship against Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing match at the WWE Royal Rumble PPV