On Thursday, Pro Wrestling Illustrated released its annual list of the 500 best wrestlers in the world this past year — the evaluation period spans from July 2015 to July of this year — and Roman Reigns claimed the number one spot.
In an interview accepting the honor, he discussed his connection with fans.
“I give a lot of credit to the WWE Universe. I rub people in a weird way, it seems, but the fact is they’re emotional and that’s a connection we have. If I’m on a show, I’m going to tug on those emotion strings one way or another. Whether you love me or you hate me, I dig it. But sometimes it is hard,” said Reigns.
“At the end of the day, I want to go out there and entertain, to have fun, to provide for my family, remain healthy, and do this 52 weeks a year. I’m a human being. I have things going on in my personal life. Sometimes it can be hard. But I always say, I think that’s why God gave me broad shoulders, so I can carry that load.”
Shortly after the news spread, he tweeted the cover of the magazine along with a message.
This one is for The Roman Empire!!!Now go on and cry about us haters. #TheGuy pic.twitter.com/xhChb2oQTa
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) September 1, 2016