Seth Rollins has spoken out about his former partner Roman Reigns’ recent heel turn, claiming fans are finally seeing the “true Roman Reigns”.
Rollins, who recently switched to the Smackdown brand as part of this year’s WWE Draft, appeared on a recent episode of The Bump, and had this to say about his former Shield brother:
“Roman had to struggle for a long time to kind of closet this side of him. He is an alpha, and he sees himself in this light and in this way. I think he’s kind of just got a different lease on the situation, and you’re seeing the true Roman Reigns right now.”
Rollins and Reigns, along with current AEW World Champion Jon Moxley (formerly known as Dean Ambrose) made their main roster debut at Survivor Series 2012 as The Shield, quickly allying themselves alongside CM Punk. The group garnered multiple title victories before disbanding in 2014, briefly reuniting twice between 2017 and 2019.
Since The Shield, Rollins has largely remained heel whilst Reigns’ unwavering face run has become a highly debated issue amongst fans. However, after returning from a hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic at SummerSlam this year, the WWE Universe saw Reigns turn heel and align himself with Paul Heyman.
It appears Rollins is in favour of his former partners turn, stating:
“Kudos to Roman Reigns for finally taking the bull by the horns instead of riding the bull. To me, I’m all about it; I’m happy to see his success anywhere he goes and whatever he does.”
Reigns is set to defend the Universal Championship this Sunday, facing his real life cousin Jey Uso for the second time in an I Quit match at Hell in a Cell, promising “severe consequences” against Uso for challenging him once again.