"The Big Dog" feels that his match with The Undertaker did not quite live up to its expectations.
The main-event of WrestleMania 33 saw Roman Reigns take on The Undertaker. The match has been negatively critiqued by many and is not regarded as being a memorable outside of the closing moments where it appeared that "The Deadman" was giving his farewell to the wrestling world. At WrestleMania 34, Roman Reigns will be challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship but before Roman's big match on April 8th, he stopped past CBS Sports' 'In This Corner' podcast to chat it up about the match with The Undertaker from last year's sports-entertainment spectacle.
"I don't think it ever could really," Reigns stated. "It's a hard spot for The Undertaker to have such a storied career, to have such a huge list of ridiculously good matches and to have that respect, and to have that mystique, and to have that reputation as the godfather of the professional wrestling and sports entertainment business. So, everyone's thought about what it would be like to be in a match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania to where you hype it up so much that it's almost unfair to him. For me, what made it so hard was how heavy it was," Reigns expressed. "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."
On Reigns' road to WrestleMania 34 he has been beaten down by his opponent on two separate occasions now. To read up on what happened to Roman Reigns by way of Brock Lesnar recently, head over to our RAW results article from the March 26th edition of the show.