Roman Reigns recently spoke with ComicBook.com and revealed the advice he gives other WWE Superstars who are upset with how they're being used on WWE TV. Reigns said it's all about putting the work in.
"Everybody just wants to be in that [top guy] position," Reigns said. "But people forget about the grooming period. People forget about the equity and the building of grassroots on TV, and also the audience that we're in front of. People, they can forget that I've been on television for years now. Every week, your really ... the day in age we are content heavy society and there is just so much. ... So we're competing with all of that. So you have to consistently remind them of what you are and who you are and what your doing. I feel like some people just feel like, 'Hey, I'm going to become a big star tomorrow.' It doesn't work like that. So you have to really show that you have [the equity with fans].
"[John] Cena's a prime example of a guy before me that [the company] was built around him in a certain sense. But it took him a long time, a lot of equity. He had to drive that car many many times with somebody in that passenger side watching him before he was able to just get the keys and drive and go wherever he wanted. You have to really put your time and show everybody that they do count on you. And that's exactly why I'm against people being 'ahh, I'm just going to go up there and perform, and I'm just going to go tell my story and then it's done.'"
Reigns said wrestlers also cannot be afraid of being unselfish about selling for the other members of the roster. Reigns acknowledged there will be frustrating times, but those who stick with the process will be very happy.
"That's what I tell young performers, don't be scared of the promised land," Reigns said. "Go through these humps and lumps and trust the brass and then all of a sudden your going to find yourself in a very cool place. Your going to find yourself extremely happy. Take everything you had always hoped was true. I will confirm, we'll always be your family.
"Just follow the process unscathed, stick to you guns, keep you head down and work really hard and you'll find yourself on the other end. You'll be very happy and very glad that you stuck it out. There are some frustrating times, there are some spots wish you could bang you head on the wall but you just get through those I guarantee you will be happy on the other side."