Roman Reigns has been a galvanizing figure in the WWE Universe with fans not always being on board with him as a main event babyface but he’s not without his fans likewise. The Big Dawg has his share of friends backstage as well as some people who have ended up on his bad side. Looks at wrestlers Roman Reigns is friends with and those he doesn’t care for.
Here Are 6 WWE Wrestlers Roman Reigns Is Friends With
1. Chris Jericho
Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that Chris Jericho is 48 years, old and has been wrestling professionally since 1990. This highly respected veteran wrestler has seen some of the biggest names in the business and works through some of the most important eras in wrestling. Whether it was the Monday Night Raw or the ruthless aggression era. Thus Jericho’s praise or condemnation deserved to be heard and consider.
Jericho’s 2018 comments on Roman Reigns “I mean obviously there becomes a point where you want to steer people in the right direction. And for whatever reason, it’s the ‘cool’ thing to boo Roman Reigns just as it was the ‘cool’ thing to boo John Cena, as it was the ‘cool’ thing to boo The Rock. But guess what; those guys are so good, that if you are a wrestling fan Roman Reigns might be the best wrestler in the company. I’m telling you that because if people are interested in what you’re doing, whether they’re booing or whether they’re cheering, they’re still going to pay money to see you.”
Of course, a wrestler’s respect doesn’t necessarily equal friendship but in Jericho’s case, he became friends with the younger Reigns appreciating Reigns’ fondness for tossing back a few beers and enjoying life on the road. more in the tradition. Chris Jericho’s years as a younger wrestler Jericho and Reigns are types with their friendship only growing stronger as they work together.
2. Daniel Bryan
The cutthroat competition in professional wrestling can lead to wrestlers favoring their pushover friendships. Sometimes even stabbing one-time friends in the back in order to get ahead and no we’re not discussing WWE storylines. Although Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns became friends during the Shield’s reign of terror in the WWE.
Their friendship could have fizzled in 2014 when the WWE Universe demanded Daniel Bryan get the main event spot at WrestleMania 30. Where he subsequently became WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Rather than being jealous Reigns was happy for his friend and praised him. Saying Bryan is the greatest. If anybody says any different they’re an idiot… I feel very blessed to made a friend with Daniel Bryan.
3. Ric Flair
Roman Reigns is friends with wrestlers from several generations including wrestling icon Ric Flair. Reigns haven’t had many in-ring interactions with the retired Hall of Famer but the two became fast friends with Flair claiming Reigns is his favorite WWE performer next to daughter Charlotte.
Most people didn’t know about their friendship until Flair’s brush with death in 2017. Nature Boy Ric Flair’s 2017 health scare had many fans and fellow wrestlers concerned with millions rallying to Flair’s site to offer well wishes and prayers for a fast recovery. During this time Roman Reigns phoned the support center to offer encouragement to Flair and his family. Reveals his close friendship with the 16-time world champion.
To see something like this happen, I don’t know enough details to share, but all I know is I’m great friends with Ric. I’ve been on many tours and just hung out with him and spoke with him, he’s just such a genuine man. Such a good-time eccentric such a charismatic person, but such a kind guy. If you’re friends with him you’ll know it, he’ll love on ya and just all my prayers and thoughts are with him Charlotte and the rest of their family.
4. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
It should come as no surprise that Reigns is close to Shield teammates Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. However, working together doesn’t always guarantee a friendship backstage and or outside the wrestling world. Consider Ole Anderson who worked closely with The Four Horsemen was not friends with them despite working hundreds of shows together. Nonetheless, Reigns is tight with Ambrose and Rollins, particularly Ambrose who is a different personality and seems to have strengthened his friendship with Reigns rather than weaken it. Reigns’ friendship with Rollins is well known as well.
5. Triple H
WWE superstar behind-the-scenes figure Triple H is watching Roman Reigns climb the top of the WWE Mountain. Beginning with Reigns’ time in NXT to his main roster run. His heroic battle against “Leukemia” and his return to action as one of the most powerful men in the WWE. Helmsley has had many chances to interact with Reigns and considers him not only a friend and performer behind the scenes standpoint a great human being.
6. Braun Strowman
The WWE doesn’t always do things right they had a big hit during the Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman program. With the WWE Universe getting into this battle between two of the WWE’s strongest men. The two Brutes became besties during their time together and could be seen sightseeing during their many days on the roads. Both men respect each other’s work and Strowman is said to credit Reigns with making him look good, particularly during their 2017 feud.
Strowman told CBS sports that Roman Reigns is, if not the best, one of the best performers in the world, hands down. I don’t care what anybody says he does it night after night, and it doesn’t matter who he’s with they tear the place down. Lately, it has been me and him blowing the roof off the arena on every place we walk into God’s green earth. That’s the thing people just don’t get and that’s the work ethic behind Roman Reigns. He’s just a tough S.O.B. I’ve spent so much time in this program just nailing him and nailing him, and whether it’s stubbornness, stupidity, or heart, he just keeps getting back up, which just keeps giving me a reason to knock him back down.
Big praise from a big man, now on to some superstars Roman reigns doesn’t care for or vice versa they don’t care for him.
Here Are 5 Wrestlers Roman Reigns Is Hated With
1. Brock Lesnar
The Beast incarnate Smithson throw Big Nature has been well-documented some fans are rarely surprised when they hear of wrestlers having a personality clash with big Brock. In Reigns’s case, his issues with Lesnar seem to boil down to, two specific things rather than Lesnar’s surly personality, Lesnar’s cushy part-time status as Universal champion, and Lesnar’s treatment of Reigns Shield brother Dean Ambrose during Ambrose and Lesnar’s shot program.
After Reigns came up short against Lesnar last year at WrestleMania 34. Reigns called out Lesnar and promos telling how the entire WWE locker room was tired of Lesnar’s rare appearances. Reigns’ comments were more than a work shoot as Reign seems frustrated that Lesnar gets so much for appearing so little. While the rest of the WWE roster works hard day after day. His frustration is also said to stem from Lesnar’s lackluster match with Ambrose at WrestleMania 32 feeling Lesnar did nothing to get the lunatic fringe over.
2. Randy Orton
Randy Orton is known for rubbing other WWE Superstars the wrong way as well as alleged incidents of harassment toward WWE employees and female wrestlers. Reigns were positioned into a program against Randy Orton early on in the Big Dawg singles push.
Reigns reportedly clashed with Orton over the quality of their matches. With Reigns complaining Orton’s methodical style resulted in boring matches. After negative reactions from fans watching said matches, Orton was rumored to be getting heat from other WWE Superstars who felt he was killing Reigns pushed by his plotting style perhaps even intentionally.
The Reigns, Orton Heat may date back to the shield’s earlier days in the WWE, where Reigns got into a shouting match with Orton over a blown spot, and comments by former WWE writer Kourt Bauer said that the shield were taking their gimmick too seriously. While the two were said to have remedied their issues Orton likely isn’t penciled in on Reigns’s social calendar.
3. Kenny Omega
The Internet wrestling community sometimes finds it hard to compare the very vocal fans of indy mega styles such as the Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes to WWE Superstars. Who routinely draw much greater audiences still there is no denying the popularity of bullet club members such as Kenny Omega. When they make a mint on merchandise alone and revolutionize the indie scene which shows such as all-in nonetheless. Omega now signed with AEW has won over Roman Reigns. After Reigns declared himself the best in-ring performer in the business.
Omega responded “It is what it is, and I understand that it’s a fun thing for fans to generate interest in the product. I take absolutely zero offense in him saying it. Especially since it’s quite clear that the fact of the matter is much, much different.
The self-professed best bout machine dismissed Reigns’s comment and use Reigns to give his Japanese opponent. Hiroshi Tanahashi is a backhanded compliment by comparing him to Reigns. When a Hiroshi Tanahashi match ends, you’ve already forgotten It. I wanted matches that stay with me forever, for more than 24 hours, more than one week. Why do you think they call me the best bout machine? It’s not because I’m the greatest athlete in wrestling. Because I can create emotion and I can create a memory and because Tanahashi could never do that. Really Tanahoshi belongs in the WWE. He can be the next Roman Reigns.
4. Enzo Amore
Enzo Amore was a charismatic wrestler who knew how to win the fans. Over with his lively promos or draw heat when he played he’ll, and unfortunately for the most real guy in the room he drew even more heat backstage thanks to his outrageous behavior. Amore earned notoriety thanks to what was called poor locker room etiquette including him bringing friends backstage for photos and just being plain obnoxious.
Amore’s was with his fellow wrestlers worsened during a summer tour of Europe where Roman Reigns reportedly kicked him off the bus because he was shouting on his cell phone bragging about how much money he made. However, Amore told WWE Network that the incident never happened if that’s the case you wouldn’t have seen me on the next show correct?
I have to get from point A to point B and they have to provide those accommodations because we work for a fortune 500 company so it’s impossible to kick me off the bus. They ain’t stupid and neither am I, they’re not going to put themselves in jeopardy by not providing transportation to one of their biggest stars. If I can’t get from point A to point B, not on a bus, how am I gonna get there? How could you keep me off someplace, you can’t kick me out of someplace I don’t want to be.
While Reigns didn’t refer to the incident he noted that as a locker room leader. I swing the sword if I put the sentence down then I lay it down. If you have heat that’s what a locker room leader does, he speaks up for the rest of the bunch. It’s tough when you have so many cooks in the kitchen. I’m not the only guy who would speak up but as the man that I am before I was in this business would have spoken up if something was wrong, to what I am today within our industry. I am a locker room leader.
5. Cody Rhodes
With All Elite Wrestling positioning itself as a strong alternative to the WWE fans can expect a war of words between AEW and the WWE. However, Roman Reigns’ heat with Cody Rhodes started long before the American Nightmare signed with AEW after obtaining his release from the WWE.
Cody excelled in Ring of Honor and New Japan and boasted in 2017. I am the biggest damn draw in this entire industry and if here’s someone who’s competing with me for that title. You know exactly who you are and I know exactly what you should do to kiss the ring. Considering wrestling is based on hyperbole Rhodes as comments could have been taken with a grain of salt but Roman Reigns took offense pointing out. He headlined WrestleMania and tweeted I don’t even need to click the link and watch it if that house didn’t draw over 100k he’s just talking silly not to let sleeping big dogs lie. Cody answered back I thought the technical vest was covering up failed drug tests.
Don’t be surprised to see this war of words continue to rage now that Reigns is back in the ring and now Cody is part of WWE too. Both in the ring and ranked stage well there you have it guys six wrestlers who are friends with the Big Dawg and five wrestlers who are on his hit list.