Roman Reigns Aims To ‘Cop That Flip’ With His Superman-esque Spears, Not ‘Do It Like Goldberg’
Photo Credit: WWE
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns recently spoke with Ryan Satin of FOX Sports and was asked to grade the spear as a finisher. Asked about the best spear he ever delivered, Reigns said it was hard to narrow it down to one, but did say his SummerSlam 2016 spear to Rusev was memorable because that’s all the action he saw that night.
“I think that’s all I did. What a great night. Just come out at SummerSlam, just spear a guy, and then hit the bar after. So, that one was pretty wide open. Any time I can get a really big run and launch.”
Reigns also noted that there’s always a discourse on what a “good” spear is, pointing out that some people ask why he doesn’t do it like Goldberg, and he says he just makes it as theatrical and captivating as he can.
“There’s always this debate to the spear. ‘Well, you don’t do it like Goldberg,’” said Reigns. “That’s ’cause I’m a really good performer. I do it like I do it. So, I do a launch and make it very aesthetic. I’m not on the gridiron. If I want to push somebody’s organs through their spine, I can do that. There’s no problem. Easy. 6’3, 265, I’ll run through your ass. But, I try to launch it and make it look as Superman-esque as possible, like you’re flying, darting through the air.”
Reigns went on to talk about the sweet science of hitting spears on different-sized opponents, including Big Show and AJ Styles, the latter of which is one of his opponents that’s able to “cop that flip.”
“AJ, I don’t know, some of the guys can cop the flip. Buddy Murphy copped a flip. I’m sure Seth. All these guys can cop a flip. But, in order to know, you have to hit ‘em and kinda ricochet off of them and kind of do a bit of a barrel roll to allow them to get that flip right. Because I didn’t know AJ was going to do that. So when I hit him with a spear, I was still wrapped around him, and I kinda stopped him from rotating and he completely landed on his neck. It was not my fault. I did not know this. It looked rough, but I know he could have easily copped that flip and made it look crazy. I just was not on the same page. Luckily, the match was over.
“All those guys who can cop that flip, and a lot of our guys are great athletes who can do that. It’s just a choice if they want to do it or not. Maybe, we’ll make Kevin Owens do it. He’s like a butterfly or a bumblebee. He can fly, but he looks like he shouldn’t.”