Chris Jericho Says Roman Reigns Might Be The Best Wrestler In WWE

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Chris Jericho is making the rounds promoting his newly released book, No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling but Succeeded in Life, and he spoke with Sports Illustrated about the lightning rod that is Roman Reigns.

Jericho believes the mixed crowd reaction to Reigns is actually a good thing. The huge reaction that Roman receives everywhere, whether it’s boos or cheers or “Roman Sucks” chants, means that “if you love him or you hate him, you feel very strongly about him.” And “being felt very strongly about” is viewed as a surefire way of making money.

“For whatever reason, it’s the cool thing to boo Roman Reigns, just as it was the cool thing to boo John Cena, just as it was the cool thing to boo The Rock,” Jericho said.

Then Jericho dropped a bomb that’s sure to get some fans riled up.

“Roman Reigns might be the best wrestler in the company,” he said. “And I’m telling you that because if people are interested in what you’re doing whether they’re booing or whether they’re cheering, they’re still gonna pay money to see you.”

Fans have begged for a heel turn from Reigns but WWE officials have stubbornly refused to change his character. Jericho, who has reinvented himself many times during his career, says if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

“I wouldn’t change it right now,” Jericho said. “Obviously the boss has decided Roman is going to be a tweener. It’s like football or baseball or hockey, not everybody’s going to cheer for the same team, as long as you’re making noise. And Roman’s not stale.”