‘The Tribal Chief’ Roman Reigns has paid his respects to The Undertaker, the man synonymous with opposing generations of his family.
From Yokozuna to Reigns himself, ‘The Phenom’ has done battle with countless Anoa’i family members over the years and has earned the respect of every single one.
Now, the WWE Universal Champion has spoken to WWE Ahora on their Survivor Series preview about how he regards ‘The Man From the Darkside’ and how no one in the company is more respected:
“I think The Undertaker, I think he means a great deal to every performer that steps into a WWE ring, a wrestling ring in general. His career is so storied and there’s so much prestige to everything that he’s done for our business all the way from inside the ring to [the] outside of it, within the locker room and the backstage.
I don’t think there’s ever going to be a performer or a professional wrestler or a sports entertainer who is more highly respected than the undertaker. He’s done so much for the business, for our audience, and given so much of his life, 30 years, 30 years is incredible. A tough guy too, you know? In those 30 years, that’s pretty much day in and day out. No weeks off. Even in his part-time schedule was still dedicated to the product, still watching early, intent on helping the younger talent understand the nuances of this business.”
Roman Reigns was part of The Undertaker’s first suspected retirement at WrestleMania 33. After being pinned by the then ‘Big Dog’, Undi left his hat, coat and gloves in the middle of the ring before descending through the WrestleMania set.
At WWE Survivor Series, Roman Reigns outlasted Drew McIntyre in a stunning scrap, putting him to sleep with the Guillotine Choke.
Following the bout, The Undertaker stepped into the ring for the final time in order to let his character of three decades rest for eternity.
Credit for the interview: WWE Ahora
h/t for the transcription: Fightful