NYC DJ Paul Rosenberg spoke with Roman Reigns before WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view last month.
It has been over a year of huge success for the most impactful three man unit the wrestling industry has seen in the last several years. The collective unit known as The Shield, comprised of members Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns have set the standard for modern era six man tag matches while continuing to evolve as individuals.
Here are some highlights:
JM: With so many famous family members (ie: The Rock, Afa and Sika of the Wild Samoans, Rikishi, The Usos, etc.), did they have a hand in influencing your wrestling style, or did you look to someone outside of the family?
RR: My natural movement, it’s hereditary I’ll say. We all are able to move and do pretty athletic things. My family is the majority of the influence, but going down to FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling, now NXT – WWE’s developmental program) and wrestling all of those guys down there – Dr. Tom Prichard, Joey Mercury, Bill Demott, Norman Smiley, Steve Keirn. Even to this day, talking to Triple H and with all of these resources we have here. When it comes down to it, I try to create a different style. A little more brutal. You can watch fight scenes or MMA and see how they move. There have been a lot of things that influenced me, but I can only be me. That’s what I try to focus on, making everything my own.
JM: You, along with fellow Shield members, have been on the WWE main roster for only 13 months now, but you’ve done a lot in that period of time. What has stood out as your favorite moment so far?
RR: I have to say WrestleMania. I look around and there are guys who have never performed on that stage. Just to say that we did that our very first year and opened the show. That’s a big deal for all three of us. There are a lot of cool moments we have had. When we wrestled The Undertaker, Kane and Daniel Bryan in London (during a recent European tour) – there’s a shot of us flying in on a helicopter. What some people don’t know is that we did a live event earlier that day. We opened that show and then we jumped on a helicopter and flew all the way to London. We went out there and wrestled three of the biggest stars of all time. The next night, we put (The Undertaker) out. That was a surreal moment. WrestleMania and working with The Undertaker are phenomenal moments that I won’t forget for the rest of my life.
JM: The Shield always enters from the crowd. What are the pros and cons of making your entrance from the stage (“Gorilla Position”) or from the crowd?
RR: I enjoy the crowd. When you walk through the curtain onto the stage, you have a different point of view looking at the house. When we come down the stairwells, that’s a different view in its own right, too. It’s so unique for us. I’ve read on social media and different interviews that, now, people are specifically trying to buy tickets on that particular side of the arena. They’re trying to get seats on the row that we’re walking down because it’s such a cool moment for people to size us up and get a feel for what we look like a foot away. We’re trying to put on a show that can’t be duplicated by any other form of entertainment. I like to think that’s a staple for WWE at this point with The Shield.
JM: Did you take notes on the Spear from Edge and Goldberg matches?
RR: Even to this day, watching matches, I don’t watch the maneuvers. I feel like I am athletic enough to do any maneuver. It’s not the moves, but what you do between them. The mannerisms are where the money is. A spear is a spear. I’d like to think that I deliver the best one ever seen, but that’s up to the fans to judge. It did help playing football all of those years.
JM: What do you have planned for 2014? There seems to be some dissension with you and Dean Ambrose.
RR: As far as The Shield – for the past 13 months, it seems like we’ve done it all. People are going pretty nuts about what we’ve done, but there’s so much left to do. Whether we’re working together or fighting each other, there’s just so much more to see. It’s going to be the year of The Shield, whether we’re together or not.
Promoting Sunday’s WWE Battleground pay-per-view event, Roman Reigns appeared as a guest on Busted Open Radio, hosted by Doug Mortman and Dave LaGreca (Busted Open Radio airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sirius 94 and XM 208), where he discussed his match against the Rhodes family and other WWE-related topics. Highlights from the interview are as follows:
Going against the Rhodes family: “Not only with the rich tradition in my family but our group we have a lot of pride in what we do, we worked hard this whole year to set a standard and for guys like Cody (Rhodes) and Dustin (Rhodes) being Goldust. Cody ran his mouth when he shouldn’t and things happened. He got fired but on the flip side its crazy because Goldust got the opportunity and now they get a second chance so unfortunately there second chance is running head to head against the Shield and that’s a problem for everybody so I wouldn’t be surprised if this Sunday at Battleground, it will be renamed the Rhodes retirement party.”
WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose recently spoke to TheMonitor.com to promote this weekend’s WWE live events in Hidalgo, Texas. Here are some highlights:
What is the goal of The Shield within the company?
Ambrose: Our goal, from a personal standpoint, is to work harder than everyone else day in, day out. Get up earlier, train harder and work harder in the ring. This business is ours for the taking and we can take it and we’re going to. And if anyone has a problem with that, then, too bad. Also, I wouldn’t call us cheaters, I would call us winners. We’re not mercenaries, we’re not thugs. We just do what’s best for business by whatever means possible. That’s all kind of up to you to make your own decision about whether that’s good or bad.
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on http://bleacherreport.com and was written by Sharon Glencross.
Remember when The Shield was the hottest act in the wrestling industry? It seems like ages ago now, doesn’t it?
Oh, the group—consisting of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns—haven’t fallen that far. The three still have their credibility and receive regular airtime on Raw and SmackDown.
David Dexter reports that KayfabeKickout.com had the immense pleasure to speak with Arda Ocal, formerly of The Score Television Network. During the interview, Arda shared his thoughts on The Shield, his departure from The Score in April, his opinion on the greatest WrestleMania Match of all time and more.
Here are some highlights:
Arda comments on wrestling fan’s comparisons between The Shield & the nWo.
“The big hook initially with the nWo was that they were invading WCW from another company. The Shield aren’t necessarily invading, in my opinion – they are carving their turf within WWE, and doing a great job. I’m interested in what they do on TV because not only are they fresh, but they have terrific long matches on TV that keep people’s interest. All three of them can be future champions – it’s a great core group and I hope it doesn’t grow too big, too fast.”
Arda shares his thoughts on his departure from The Score in April.
“When Rogers bought the Score, many of us were certainly concerned about our jobs, as with any takeover you never know what will happen. I’m proud of the fact that I thought of, created, produced and hosted a nationally televised WWE post game show that is still the highest rated in house produced program ever in the Score Television Network’s history. As well, people today still ask about the podcast Jimmy (Korderas) and I did. We just had a natural chemistry. I feel like I will take this opportunity to explore sports and lifestyle TV, we will see where my career takes me. Maybe I’ll follow in my old colleague Renee (Young)’s footsteps and knock on WWE’s door, who knows :)”
Arda’s thoughts on the greatest WrestleMania Match of all time.
“Hard to pick against Hogan and Andre because it’s the biggest match of all time (pardon the pun). The greatest match in the ring, bell to bell has to be Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker 1 at WrestleMania 25. Many call it the greatest wrestling match ever. It’s poetry inside the squared circle. Shawn Michaels told me in an interview once that driving home from Houston, he told his wife, “it will be hard to top that.. if my career ended after this one I’d be OK with it”. The rematch at 26 wasn’t too shabby either!”
Arda comments on whether or not blood is necessary in pro wrestling matches.
“Nigel McGuinness is championing a great cause about this subject – the need to remove “blading” from pro wrestling. Personally, I don’t miss it, and I’m fine with WWE not having any intentional blood in matches. It’s one of the parts of wrestling that’s the silliest to an outsider… “wait.. they take out a razor blade and cut themselves?” to many people that’s embarrassing.”
It was a terrible episode of “Raw” last night, with only the six-man elimination match between Team Hell No and John Cena versus The Shield and the closing segment featuring Triple H and Brock Lesnar worth praising.
Everything just seemed off about the show, from the camera work to the announcers to the stumbling promos, and it seemed like the crowd was completely dead until Daniel Bryan and The Shield picked up the pace in the elimination match and brought it to its feet.
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Courtesy of WWE.com:
If you don’t believe in The Shield by now, there’s either some very impressive denial going on or you just haven’t been paying attention. Since debuting at Survivor Series 2012 and vowing to enforce “justice” throughout WWE by any means necessary, the trio of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns has backed up its promise with brutal, unrelenting force. Whether their merciless beatdowns of The Undertaker, WWE Champion John Cena and everyone in between have truly been an exacting of justice is somewhat up for debate, but the fact is the WWE Universe doesn’t need to believe in The Shield’s cause to believe in their abilities.
With a unique combination of fearlessness, innovation and take-no-prisoners physical prowess, The Shield has yet to suffer a defeat in which all three of its members are involved. And as the troika of NXT alums prepares to hit the six-month mark of their cruel crusade, WWE.com takes a look at just what gives the “Hounds of Justice” their bite.
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