Roman Reigns is more than just a Superstar, a Grand Slam Champion, a global sensation – he is a cancer survivor serving as a strong inspiration for millions across the globe.
The Big Dog has come a long way in WWE – from his early days in NXT to the main roster struggle to successfully putting leukemia in remission, it’s never been easy being The Big Dog and protecting his yard in the company.
While a major portion of Reigns’ early success can be attributed to The Shield, it’s no secret that the Samoan had to work even harder to earn and remain in the main roster spotlight after the faction was disbanded in 2014.
During a recent interview with ComicBook, the former Universal Champion talked about the piece of advice he always offers to young talents looking to make it big in the pro wrestling business.
I feel like some people just feel like, ‘Hey, I’m going to become a big star tomorrow.’ It doesn’t work like that.”
Reigns had been a hot act for several years now in WWE despite fans booing him heavily nonetheless. WWE kept on pushing him as the top guy and today The Big Dog has been able to successfully replace John Cena as the face of the company.
“That’s what I tell young performers, don’t be scared of the promised land. Go through these humps and lumps and trust the brass and then all of a sudden your going to find yourself in a very cool place. Your going to find yourself extremely happy. Take everything you had always hoped was true. I will confirm, we’ll always be your family. Just follow the process unscathed, stick to you guns, keep you head down and work really hard and you’ll find yourself on the other end. You’ll be very happy and very glad that you stuck it out. There are some frustrating times, there are some spots wish you could bang you head on the wall but you just get through those I guarantee you will be happy on the other side.”
Reigns will be teaming up with The Undertaker to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on July 14.