Ahead of his WWE Money In The Bank 2019 rematch against Roman Reigns on tonight’s episode of WWE SmackDown at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, WWE Superstar Elias appeared on the Providence, Rhode Island program, The Rhode Show, for an interview promoting tonight’s show. Featured below are some of the highlights, as well as video footage of his appearance on the morning TV program.
On facing Roman Reigns tonight and Vince McMahon calling him “the future of WWE”: “I’ve got a match with Roman Reigns. Now, if you’ve been a fan of WWE you probably know who Roman Reigns is. The guy has been through everything. He’s held all our Championships. He’s beaten cancer, he’s back. He’s doing great things. Why do I have a match with him? Vince McMahon coined me as the future of WWE, the future of Smackdown. He came out there and punched Vince in the face. He’s jealous of all the attention I’m getting. So, I think we’ll handle it in tonight.”
On his first RAW appearance and the environment surrounding his debut: “It started when I was just walking through the crowd. I was drifting. I was The Drifter at the time. I just kind of walked through the audience for my first Monday Night RAW. The was the first Elias sighting. Very exciting.”
On the origins of his own personal fondness for the guitar: “I was fifteen years old. I got super into Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash. My dad took notice and for Christmas, just gave me a guitar – it was a natural fit.”
Check out the complete Elias interview from The Rhode Show below, or at WPRI.com. Make sure to join us here at eWrestling.com this evening for play-by-play results coverage of WWE SmackDown Live, including the Elias vs. Roman Reigns rematch from WWE Money In The Bank 2019!