Roman Reigns is one of the most polarizing superstars in WWE history, but the way fans perceive him in the company was changed forever last October when he announced he had leukaemia.
Reigns took four months off from the WWE in order to battle cancer, relinquishing the Universal Championship in the process. As a result, fans became more intuned with Roman as a person than his character.
This resulted in a huge cheer when The Big Dog returned to the ring in February and announced that his cancer was in remission. Reigns exposing more of himself, Joe Anoa'i, has created a stronger relationship with the fans.
Speaking on the Sports Illustrated Media podcast, the former Universal Champion stated that he wants to make several changes to his character.
He said: “But also with the storylines and character because we have introduced Joe, especially last week, I felt like there was a lot of Joe within the promo of Segment One.
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"Even with the interaction with Seth [Rollins], I just feel like with me integrating the characters and who I am in real life and who I am on stage, for me to kind of mix them, it allows me to laugh at Roman a little bit and have a little more fun and be a little more loose as opposed to the stoic brawler.
"If you know me in real life, I’m kinda like my cousins [The Usos], I’m a bit of a clown, I act up, we goof off a lot. We’re silly. We’re big kids. We’re always goofing around, trying to laugh.
"If I can add that in the next couple of years, those layers of being chilled out, little more comedy, a few different emotions, I think that would be pretty neat.”
This could be the exact character change WWE needs for Reigns in order to get the vast majority of fans behind him, adding validity in the eyes of all fans that he is the biggest face in the company today.
Reigns is slowly returning to a full-time schedule following his leukaemia battle, and he stated in the same podcast that he hopes to be back full-time once WWE's European tour after WrestleMania 35 is over.
It's currently unclear as to who The Big Dog will be facing at WrestleMania, but there are rumours of his opponent possibly being Drew McIntyre after their clash on Monday Night Raw this week.