Roman Reigns discusses the inspiration for his “Tribal Chief” character



Roman Reigns is the “Tribal Chief” of WWE and also the Universal Champion. Reigns recently spoke about his new character and where he got inspiration for it.


“I can’t say that I really built it around anyone within the industry,” Reigns said. “If anything, more from movies. It’s hard because in a weird way, I’m sure you guys have seen Gangs of New York, The Butcher. In his mind, there is a bad element to him. but he’s the native, he’s the one that’s from America. I like those type of characters to where there’s a justification, in their own mind at least, to what they’re doing.”
“For me and the character that I’m trying to portray going forward is not everybody on our roster is going to be able to understand where I’m coming from and the reason that I’m doing it because they’re not in the position that I’m in,” he continued. “They’re not in that boss role, that top-of-the card role, and if they are they haven’t been there as long as I have. So of course they’re not going to be able to understand. But there are some justifications and a lot of rationalizing that this character is going to go through to convince himself that he’s right, even when he is wrong. I’ll have conviction going forward.”

Reigns is on a hot streak since returning to WWE. His heel turn has done wonders for him as has his pairing with Paul Heyman. It’s the side of Reigns many have been hoping to see since The Shield broke up. Right now SmackDown is his island and he sits at the top.

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