With just over a week until his highly-anticipated showdown against Triple H at WrestleMania, I caught up with WWE star Roman Reigns to chop-it-up about everything from how he plans to bring home the coveted belt to his hardest high school football hit to under which circumstance he’d go by the moniker The Merchandise.
Jason Jordan: I always like to gauge the sports backgrounds and experiences of all of my guests on the Celeb Chop-Up; I know you starred at Georgia Tech on the gridiron, but before then you starred at Escambia in Pensacola, Fla.
Roman Reigns: That’s right.
JJ: Give me the hardest hit you ever dished out back then.
RR: You know what, I think it was actually in practice. We were scrimmaging and the quarterback scrambled and was heading for the end zone. He ended up diving and I hit him and helicoptered him. He landed in the end zone, but he didn’t have the ball. He flew for a good four yards. That was probably the best one; too bad he was on my team.
JJ: Did you play any other sports?
RR: Yeah I grew up playing football, basketball and baseball then when I got to high school I did weightlifting.
JJ: What do you bench?
RR: I don’t really max out anymore. Bench is more of a rep out thing; I benched 440 in college.
JJ: President Obama’s Secret Service code name is Renegade; if you were President what would your code name be?
RR: (Laughs) The Merchandise.
JJ: What competition based reality show would you absolutely win?
RR: I don’t know if I’d win it, but I think I’d be a decent survivalist.
JJ: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
RR: Ooh there’s so many, but I’d have to say close-talking. I hate it when people get in my face. Sometimes fans will get a little too close in my bubble and, at the end of the day, we’re all human. Give me 5 feet; not with your hand either.
JJ: In the epic game of Paper, Rock, Scissors which object do you tend to get the most wins with?
RR: That’s a tough one there! I’ll say the rock.
JJ: Which fast food restaurant has the best burgers?
RR: (Laughs) See now you’re gonna get me in trouble. I’m gonna go with Wendy’s Baconator!
JJ: What was your worst pre-fame job?
RR: Probably being an office furniture installer, which included loading and unloading trucks.
JJ: What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie?
RR: (Laughs) Well, I have to say the Samoas. I’m also a big fan of the peanut butter ones.
JJ: Are you late, early or right on time typically?
RR: I’m casually late.
JJ: What was your worst childhood punishment?
RR: Getting a good old fashioned whippin’ by a very big man. My dad’s a WWE Hall of Famer and his hands are bigger than mine so there you go.
JJ: When you see yellow traffic lights what’s the first thing that pops into your head?
RR: (Laughs) You can get through it!
JJ: What movie absolutely deserves another installment?
RR: Mad Max.
JJ: What’s the most overused slang word or phrase out today?
RR: Oh there’s a ton of them! It took me forever to figure out what “bae” was. I thought they were misspelling “babe.” I think “bae” is ridiculous!
JJ: If you would 100 percent get away with it which crime would you commit?
RR: I’d probably rob a bank and be on vacation for a loooong time!
JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word to?
RR: The Fresh Prince!
JJ: Unfortunately you’ve found yourself in the Witness Protection Program what would your cover name be?
RR: (Laughs) That’s a good one! I’d go with Richard Long.
JJ: Indeed! What random fact can you just tell me right now?
RR: That GPS’s suck in Boston because the city was developed for horse-and-carriage not cars. I learned that in the last interview I did.
JJ: Blindfolded can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
RR: I definitely can. I’m very good with mixes.
JJ: Would you rather have the power to be invisible or the power to read minds?
RR: Read minds. You could pretty much get whatever you want with that power.
JJ: OK, we’ve got WrestleMania on April 3, it’s you, it’s Triple H… How are you gonna pull this thing off?
RR: Well, this is a classic case of an older lion taking on a younger lion. Triple H describes this business as his religion; I was born in it. It’ll be two phenomenal, heavyweight athletes going at it. He’s the authority so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s able to do whatever he wants. I’m pretty much fighting a juggernaut, but it’s gonna be fun!
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