Roman Reigns has said in a recent interview that the fan reaction at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view earlier this year has helped him grow as a wrestler over the past six months.
According to WrestlingNews, The Big Dog recently spoke to John Pollock for The LAW: Live Audio Wrestling and one of the things he talked about was the reaction he got from fans at this year’s Royal Rumble.
Daniel Bryan was the fan favourite to win the Royal Rumble and he was coming back from an injury around that time of the year, the same time as Reigns. The Juggernaut knows the main reason he was booed when he won the Royal Rumble was because the WWE Universe wanted Bryan to win and not him, and he hopes Bryan comes back from injury soon.
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He said: "I think there is a lot of things we could have done or maybe thought about, but it is what it is, it really is. It all happened for a reason. Bryan and myself were both hurt we were both coming back around similar times. 100% it didn’t help me coming back around the same time as Bryan, especially with everything he has gone though over the past year, year-and-a-half.
“People talk about getting through adversity and going through some tough stuff, the stuff that happened to Bryan, the ups and downs, I think everyone was rooting for him (Bryan), I was rooting for him. I still to this day root for him. I want to see Bryan back in a wrestling ring, tearing the house down with myself and all the rest of the boys.”
When Reigns had won the Royal Rumble and was presented to the fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia alongside The Rock, a chorus of boos erupted as fans were unhappy with the result as they wanted Bryan to win.
The Powerhouse said this experience has helped him develop in the past six months. He said: “It was just a tough situation, regardless of what happened or how we could have changed that night as far as responses, as far as having the crowd react properly to me, or how we wanted them to, it didn’t.
“But it helped me, it helped me grow, it left a huge impression on me, you know I thank Philly every day for that. You have to learn fast in this business and I’d like to think I’m doing that, but without that night, that was a huge kick in the ***, that lit a fire under me. If you’ve seen what I’ve done in the past six-months, I think you can tell Royal Rumble definitely helped me.”
Reigns will be teaming up with his former Shield brother Dean Ambrose for a tag team match against Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper at this weekend's SummerSlam event at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.