The long-term future of Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is up for debate for most of 2022. Since signing a new deal with WWE earlier this year, the chieftain has been working on a limited schedule as he has been completely absent Monday Night Raw and making part-time appearances on it WWE SmackDown. Aside from that, Reigns has only committed to WWE’s “big four” and international live events, as he didn’t defend his world titles on shows like WWE Extreme Rules or WWE money in the bank. This new schedule has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Rock and Brock Lesnar, who both worked limited dates before leaving WWE altogether.
While out-of-ring endeavors may be in Reigns’ future, his wrestling days are far from over. Speak against The RingersReigns noted that he is approaching the halfway point of his WWE run.
“I’m in the thick of it,” Reigns said. “People want these interviews, they want to do these documentaries. But this is the bottom of the third inning for me. We’re in the second quarter of the Super Bowl now.”
Reigns continued by referencing the work that goes on behind the scenes, teasing that there are much bigger things at play than just what fans see on the surface.
“We did this in turbulent times, through a pandemic, through the biggest change of all time in this industry,” Reigns continued. “And we did it seamlessly. We did it without hesitation. In 20 years, when we start disclosing all these crazy inside details, there’s just going to be even more respect for the performances we’ve put on. Man , it’s been an amazing journey, but it’s only just begun. It’s getting bigger.”
It’s unclear whether the “second quarter” refers to Reigns’ entire WWE career or his Tribal Chief persona. If it’s the former, fans can see the Head of the Table on the WWE roster for another decade, while the latter hints at about two more years until he moves on.
WWE president and co-CEO Nick Khan previously teased that the company has “big plans” to help Reigns break into Hollywood, if that’s a path he envisions himself taking.
“That’s something I want to dig into and get more experience with. I want to use these tools that I’ve learned,” Reigns said of a potential film career. “[Wrestling] is a game for young men. You can’t fall all your life. You need to get to a point where you can transition and continue to connect and create new fresh and evolved content for your fanbase and supporters. I think I have the ability to do that. I have a pretty good track record of being thrown in at the deep end. If that’s what’s happening in Hollywood, I’m going swimming.”
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