During a recent interview with The Mirror during WWE’s recent international tour, Triple H discussed Roman Reigns’ character and his match with him at WrestleMania 32 and more. Here are some highlights:
On Reigns being more of a “tweener” for his feud with Styles: “Yeah. I think the world is a different place now. I think you’re going to find it very hard now, at the top level, to find anybody that is either a good guy or a bad guy. Someone who is universally loved or universally disliked. It’s very difficult. I think part of that is the internet, in that I don’t care what the topic is, whether it’s politics, music, sports, anything, you can go on the internet and find somebody who loves it and somebody who hates it. You can jump on whatever conversation you want to have with people who are like-minded to what you think, or opposite-minded to what you think. And that emboldens your position right? So I think the time of ‘hey, this is the guy and he’s the good guy’ and everybody goes ‘yay he’s the good guy’ – I think that time has gone. And I think the time of saying ‘this is the bad guy and he’s the evil one and everybody is going to hate that person’ is really gone too. Because there is just that level of, no matter if you’re the bad guy doing the worst possible thing you can do, there is somebody that goes: ‘I like that, that’s cool, I like the fact he’s that evil, that’s cool’. There are people on the other side who want a hero saying ‘hey, don’t quit, never surrender and I’m the underdog…’ all those things. I make that sound horrible – can you tell which way I slant? Ha ha.
“I just think that either one or the other time is gone and you’re going to rub against that now. I think the real position in the business, and what we do now, is about just being true. Being real, being you and whatever that is, being true to the character that you create. And if you’re true to it and believe it and feel it, then people will buy it, either positively or negatively, they will get behind you one way or the other. As long as you’re true to that character and who that person is. If you sway from that character and wobble and vary, then there is no buy-in, because they see it’s just a front.”
On enjoying his WrestleMania 32 match with Roman Reigns: “Yeah, you know, it was a challenging situation on a lot of fronts. Roman is a unique character in the business and a polarizing character, much like a John Cena or somebody like that. He’s a polarizing character, you are in front of 100,000 people and you’re also coming up at the end of a six-and-a-half hour plus show – it was long. I was happy with it but to be honest I’ve not watched it back yet. I’m real funny about watching myself back at this point in time in my career, it’s hard for me to see the positives sometimes. But I was there, I kind of know how it went and how it felt out there and yeah, I was happy with it, I felt we did well and we did what we needed to do. For me it’s about getting to where you need to be. If you get to the end of a chapter in WWE, and the chapter delivered to get you where you needed to go to start the next chapter, then you did all right.”