Roman Reigns defeated Undertaker in the main event of WrestleMania 33 last year in what was, to be nice about it, not a very good match. You could say that’s because “The Phenom” was 52-years-old at the time, or that they just had a tough night, or any number of reasons for it.
For his part, Reigns takes responsibility for it, saying he could be better. As he told In This Corner on CBS Sports:
“For me, what made it so hard was how heavy it was. You know, if I wrestled The Undertaker 20 years ago at the beginning or the middle of his career, probably not. But the positioning I found myself in, it just felt really heavy and so much more emotional than I was ready for it to be, so I think that was the hardest thing ... but, you know, the coolest thing because I think that just shows the gravity of the situation, the responsibility of the placement [on the card] and just who I was sharing the ring with. And that’s just how special he is.
”I just feel like maybe I wasn’t good enough or maybe it could have been better on my behalf, but I always hold The Undertaker in so high in that regard that I just feel like maybe I could have done better. But I enjoyed it. I really learned a huge amount in the ring with him; you know, to being in the ring with him for one singles match and to have it be at that level, to be able to pick something up in just 30-40 minutes from another performer -- it just goes to show how good he is.”
That’s just how a locker room leader would handle this, for sure, but would the fan base agree with his assessment?
You tell me, Cagesiders.