“Just Drop the F****g Script and Let Him Be Him” – Chris Jericho on Roman Reigns’ Current Role in WWE

Published 07/16/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


Since Roman Reigns came back last year at SummerSlam, he has been unstoppable (literally). He is the current Universal Champion and has been the face of the SmackDown brand.

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Alongside the fans, Reigns’ past colleague and industry veteran Chris Jericho is appreciating his run as the ‘Tribal Chief. Although he could not religiously follow the Blue Brand, he heard about what has been happening.

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In a recent interview with Konnan, Disco Inferno, Joseph Feeney and Wrestling Society X founder Kevin Kleinrock on Keepin It 100 with Konnan this week, the Le Champion of AEW heaped some massive praise upon the Tribal Chief.

“I haven’t [kept up] but I’ve been reading about it and it’s no surprise,” Jericho said. “When I was there in 2016, I worked with Roman basically all around the world. I was a heel. He was a babyface. It’s a no-brainer here.”


However, Jericho believes Roman would do much better without a plan or a script. Whenever WWE let him carve his own plan of action, it became a success. Be it the SHIELD or The Tribal Chief.

“I always said this, and he’s doing it now, if you just drop the f**king script and just let him be him, he’s Cool Hand Luke, man. He’s like the coolest cat. He’s a fu**ing great guy. Just let him be him, and that’s what he’s doing now, obviously with a heelish slant, which is great.”

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Chris Jericho believes Roman Reigns would be great as a babyface as well

Earlier in his career, following his departure from the SHIELD, Roman Reigns became a staunch babyface. It was good at first, but with time, fans were bored and wanted to see more diversity.

However, WWE kept pushing the Babyface Reigns despite negative feedback. Ultimately, fans rejected Reigns and booed whenever he was upfront at an event.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 22: Roman Reigns reacts during the WWE Live Duesseldorf event at ISS Dome on February 22, 2017, in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Now, his heel turn has gotten some positive feedback from the fans. Yet, Chris Jericho believes Roman Reigns’ true potential will be fulfilled when he turns face again.

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“When he eventually turns Babyface, he’ll be even bigger than he is now, because he’s just a cool, cool guy. And now they’re letting him do all this stuff and it doesn’t surprise me that he’s killing it, because he’s that type of performer,” Jericho explained.

Roman will defend his Universal title against Edge at the upcoming Money in the Bank on Sunday. It would be WWE’s first live PPV since WrestleMania 37.

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Angana Roy

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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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