During a conference call with international media members this week, Roman Reigns expressed interest in a potential match against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
According to The Mirror, “The Big Dog” said he’s up for the challenge if a dream match against The Rock becomes reality.
“At the end of the day, I know it’s a money match. And I’m the guy who is still in the ring, so if someone who isn’t in the ring every single night wants to come back in the ring, we now call it my yard, so he is going to have to come to me and then we’ll go from there. It won’t go down anywhere other than a WWE ring, that’s all I’m saying. If he wants to get it, then I’m not stepping back for anybody.”
Reigns also discussed his relation to The Rock and how big of a spectacle it would be if he ever went one-on-one with “The Great One.”
“Yeah I mean, when I first heard about the match with [John] Cena, I immediately was thinking, ‘Man, let’s save this, let’s do this at WrestleMania.’ But when the time is right, the time is right. But in the same light, I can only see me and Rock going at WrestleMania. Not only because of his schedule but just the level of that match and the level of Superstar that he is and you know, where I’m trying to get. But we also have a deep family tie. We represent the same family tree and having the opportunity to represent our culture, there would obviously have to be a sit-down and we would have to express how we feel and the light we want to do this in … because there’s a lot of people we represent watching. The last thing I want to do is make it confusing or anything like that.”
Contrary to popular belief, The Rock and Reigns are not biologically related.
Reverend Amituana’i Anoa’i, the father of Afa and Sika a.k.a. The Wild Samoans (Sika is the father of Roman Reigns) declared Peter Maivia (The Rock’s late grandfather) as his blood brother and made him a part of the Anoa’i clan, from that day on. The Wild Samoans came to regard Peter Maivia as their uncle and in this way, even though there was no biological relation, the relationship between Peter Maivia and the Anoa’i family was forged in blood from that point on.
Since then, Peter Maivia and his descendants have been considered a part of the Anoa’i family.
Another interesting point to note is that Ata Maivia, who is the mother of The Rock, was never biologically related to Peter Maivia. Ata was the daughter of Lia Fuataga, the wife of High Chief Peter Maivia, whom he raised as his own daughter after his marriage.
Ata got married to Rocky Johnson and they became the proud parents of arguably the most successful professional wrestler in the family’s storied legacy.