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Roman Reigns on what he learned in ring with Undertaker

Professional Wrestler Roman Reigns arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP

Roman Reigns is one of the most polarizing characters on WWE television. Some fans take great pleasure in booing “The Guy” at every opportunity. The reasons vary — some feel he’s being pushed too quickly, others just follow the trend of it just being the thing fans do at live events — but no moment epitomizes some fans’ dislike for Reigns more than the Raw after WrestleMania 33. A cacophony of boos rained down on Reigns, who defeated The Undertaker the night before.

The victory over the Undertaker was an enormous moment for the on-air character of Roman Reigns. It was also a very valuable learning experience for Reigns behind the scenes as he continues to ascend the WWE ranks.

“Being in the ring with the Undertaker, I was able to feel that respect for the business from him. I was able to feel that responsibility and also to see that weight lifted off of him,” Reigns said on a recent media call. “That was one thing that was really neat, but it was semi-concerning. The times that I’ve wrestled these legends, these guys who have plugged in all this time, you could see a sense of relief on their faces after the match. They could finally take a breath for once. And for me, I know that’s quite the responsibility.”

Reigns also discussed his goal of one day connecting with the WWE Universe the same way the Undertaker did throughout his career.

“He’s allowed himself the opportunity to take the ball and run with it, and garner all of that attention and all of that respect, and have people appreciate that. I just hope one day I can be on that level.”

Do Reigns’ comments change the way you think about his WrestleMania match? Let us know.

Jaime Eisner is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Jaime is a director of content and growth for FanRag Sports. Prior to his current position, Jaime began as a writer for FanRag Sports’ Today’s Slapshot before becoming the Today’s Pigskin site manager. Jaime has also written for MLB.com, Arizona Sports, KTAR, SB Nation and Arcadia News.

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