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Roman Reigns Talks Haters and WWE Royal Rumble

“That’s what haters do. They hate because they hate their lives.”

Roman Reigns has been groomed by the WWE to be the next John Cena of the company. Reigns is certainly following along that path as the superstar is starting to hear his fair share of boos. The difference between Reigns and Cena is that Roman is just a wee bit more sensitive about them.

Wow is all I can say after reading this interview with Reigns. Part of being the next face of the company requires Reigns to be a media pro. Reigns will be expected to give many interviews in that spot and I think it is pretty safe to say he could use some media training. If this interview is any indication of Roman will handle the pressure of that top spot I think it is safe to say that he isn’t ready.

Reigns talked to Crave about these “haters” and the possible fan reaction he could get at the Royal Rumble if he wins over Daniel Bryan. Roman says it is okay because the only people that hate him are people that don’t wrestle…you know the people that buy the product.

Yeah, I think it’s hard not to pay attention these days with all of the social media networks and all of the different outlets. It’s so easy to connect with fans nowadays. You know, I have a Twitter and things like that. I’m not a crazy Twitter guy to where I’m tweeting out stuff every day and rarely even once a week, do I tweet. But I mean, occasionally, I read some stuff.

The funny part is, you have a guy like me who is kind of getting like a mixed vibe from time-to-time. I get a lot of love and then you’ll get the hate in the middle of it but its just funny, the perspectives you know, the differences between the love and the hate. As far as the hate, it makes me laugh. Everybody is a critic. Every critic I’ve ever had, they weren’t wrestlers [laughs]. Every wrestler I’ve ever had critique me, they were always into my stuff or what I’m doing out there. For a non-wrestler, someone who doesn’t even know how to lock up, and if we did lock up, they wouldn’t know what to do, for them to critique any of us, it really does pop me.

What a terrible answer. Reigns is essentially telling the world that the only people who hate him are non-wrestlers and he really doesn’t care about them. Call me crazy but that reads to me as if Reigns is saying he doesn’t care what fans think nor respect them. It is fairly evident that the Rumble scenario is in his head and it’s getting the better of him.

This really is a problem. Sure you could say that I am making a big deal out of one interview but this is a guy that will be expected to handle a lot more pressure than the Philadelphia crowd at the Royal Rumble. If this guy is already melting down at this stage of the game, the WWE really needs to rethink its strategy moving forward with Reigns.

Reigns also talked a bit about setting the record in last year’s Rumble match for eliminations.

The first thing was “Man, my hair is so poofy right now. Why’s it so dried out?” Then I was thinking well, I’ve been in there for thirty minutes and that’s what happens and you can’t hold that moisture, man. I was just taking in the moment. It was a cool situation. The fans as usual, WWE Universe, they are extremely vocal. They’re unlike any crowd in the world and they were on fire that night so to just have that moment and feel that rumble, it’s a real thing. The crowd when it starts to come up, you can feel the ring shaking when they start stomping their feet and making that noise. It was just a surreal moment to see myself and Dave in there as the final two.

You can check out the entire interview over at Crave.com.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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