A year after losing in the main event of WrestleMania 31, Roman Reigns will take part in the biggest match of 2016. He’s set to face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 32 in front of possibly more than 100,000 fans at AT&T Stadium.
Reigns has received his share of backlash from the fans, but he’s still one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE and likely to win the company’s top title for a third time on Sunday. He joins Triple H, The Rock and John Cena as the only WWE superstars to be in consecutive WrestleMania main events in the last 15 years.
Reigns spoke to International Business Times, promoting Snickers, which is the presenting sponsor of WrestleMania 32 and has partnered with WWE to put together videos with different wrestlers on WWE’s YouTube page. The two-time WWE champion talked about his WrestleMania 32 match with Triple H, his dream WrestleMania match and more.
On the biggest difference between main eventing WrestleMania 31 and WrestleMania 32:
"Mainly the big difference is that experience level. I’ve gone through a lot of these things that I’m doing this year. Last year was actually a lot more hectic, so I feel like I’m a lot more calm and more focused this year just because I do have that time. So I’m looking forward to it. My schedule’s not that hectic. I have a lot of cool opportunities on the stuff I am doing, but the main focus is Sunday and I’m very grateful for that."
On advice The Rock has given him about being a top star in WWE and being in the main event of WrestleMania:
"Whenever we get the chance to sit down and talk he gives me a lot of helpful advice. The main thing, his message is always to stay humble, and as long as you’re happy to continue to do this. And that’s the key is happiness, because if you’re happy performing and doing what you’re doing it shows and it reflects that and it makes it more fun for everybody else."
On wanting to win the title after losing in the main event of WrestleMania 31:
"I would definitely like to get this one back. I just want to fix that big letdown from last year, and then on top of that to have a significant title reign. I’d love to run with this title for as long as possible. We won it twice. They said it was like five minutes the first time. I’m almost positive it was maybe eight minutes (laughs). The second title run was only a month or so, so I’d like to really plug in some time with this thing."
On a potential Shield triple threat match at WrestleMania:
"I think all The Shield boys will tell you we hold The Shield very dear to our hearts. That was our vehicle to where we are now, and to get out of developmental and out of that hot Tampa warehouse. I think we all really keep The Shield tight and that’s something I think that we would all love because, really, we’re kind of still The Shield. We’re still running the show, we’re still main eventing everything, and I think to tie that in and tie in our history, we all need to main event WrestleMania together."
On his dream WrestleMania opponent:
"There’s so many great matches that you can think of. I could fantasy book all kinds of stuff, you know, fight a few family members. If we could have Umaga back, I would love to wrestle him in any arena in any town just because of how good he was. But you got me on that Shield triple threat bandwagon right now, it still sounds nice."