Roman Reigns recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated to promote this month’s WWE Money In The Bank 2019 pay-per-view. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On advice he received from Vince McMahon upon returning to WWE: “Now that I’m back, I’m enjoying every moment. That goes back to what Vince McMahon told me. Vince said to me, ‘Be present. He said, ‘Be there with your family and friends, and absorb everything you can. Maximize all that you can.’”
On being a face in the battle against cancer and leukemia: “That’s a terrifying word. Just the sound of leukemia strikes fear in people’s hearts. But knowledge is power, and that’s the biggest difference now from my first diagnosis. I have the WWE to help spread more knowledge and awareness about leukemia. The first time, I was only 22, it felt like a death sentence. This time around, it was nerve-wracking to let people know so much of my personal life, but the response and the support has given me a whole new perspective. My character can be polarizing, but everyone has dropped their opinion on Roman Reigns and supported Joe during this rough patch. That’s been a key part of my comeback.”
On filming “Hobbs & Shaw” with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: “Creating with Dwayne, who is starring and producing the film, and going all-in with him felt good on so many levels. Hopefully everyone takes to it, enjoys it, and gets lost in it. DJ still lights up when we talk about my career and different bookings. There was a light in his eyes every time he was talking about my future.”
Check out the complete Roman Reigns interview at SI.com.