WWE Superstar Roman Reigns Reveals How He Deals With Toxic Social Media Culture and Trolls

Published 04/01/2021, 9:45 AM EDT


At WrestleMania 37, the fans will be back in a WWE arena after one year. Before that, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns discussed the fans’ expectations, and how he deals with negative reactions from social media.

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Throughout the first half of his WWE career, Reigns was criticized for multiple reasons. Some fans felt WWE was overusing him more than he deserved. However, with time and his ‘return’ last year, Reigns proved all his haters wrong.

Another controversy arose during WrestleMania 36 last year when he refused to take part in the Universal Title match against Goldberg. Although he was scheduled to win the match, Reigns did not want to put him and his family at the risk of being exposed to the virus in the wake of the pandemic.

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Talking to Ariel Helwani recently, Reigns described how he deals with toxic social media and negative criticism. “I try to do my best to be ‘bulletproof’ in a sense and not allow it to affect me and understand… take it for what it is,” Roman said.

According to him, there was a time people would get smacked if “you ran your mouth in a wrong way.” However, people back then had facts to back whatever they were saying.

“We are in a very uncertain time,” Reigns referred to the pandemic. Hence, he addressed the WrestleMania 36 rumors back then.

“It was one of those fall-off-the-edge moments where people were just saying anything they wanted to say. But I thought it was important that you hear it from me (on) why this was happening.”

Family comes first for Roman Reigns

As he had mentioned in multiple interviews before, Roman Reigns is the ultimate family man. Back then as well, he would not have done anything to harm his family’s health and well-being.

“When it comes to my family, I’ll never put anything before that. There have been many times that I put my career and the opportunity to provide before them (first). But when it comes down to our health and our mental and emotional well-being, I’d never put anything material, financial over that.”

MIAMI, FL- SEPTEMBER 01: Roman Reigns reacts during the WWE SmackDown on September 1, 2015 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ron ElkmanSports Imagery/Getty Images)

Reigns recalled how it was a “polarizing” time for him. While many fans were rooting for him, some wanted him to retire. Fans were “just being disrespectful” to his career and what he had done.

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However, the past nine/ten months have been pivotal for Reigns as he claimed his throne with the heel turn. It is as if Reigns has embraced the negativities thrown his way and channeled them to be the “Tribal Chief” he is today.

Roman Reigns will defend his Universal title at WrestleMania 37 this year against Edge and Daniel Bryan. The match will be the main event of night 2 of WrestleMania weekend and will be the last match of the event.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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