Roman Reigns explains why he needed a stuntman at Hobbs & Shaw despite WWE success

Reigns is considered as WWE’s top star and has taken his physical wellbeing to the absolute limit many times with a series of highflying manoeuvres, feats of strength and brutal beatdowns.

However, when he took part in the Fast & Furious spinoff as the brother of The Rock’s character Luke Hobbs he needed a stuntman when it came to the action scenes.

The Big Dog claimed that it is different to perform the same moves when he is not in the ring and there isn’t a crowd as large as the WWE Universe.

The four-time world champion feels like his adrenaline doesn’t reach the same levels it does when he is only throwing his body around in front of a camera crew.

In the ring we don’t look at it as stunts, we’re just working

Roman Reigns

Plus the ex-WWE Champion was also still recovering from his second bout with leukaemia when he was shooting Hobbs & Shaw, therefore his fitness levels weren’t as high as they usually are.

When it came to scenes where he was getting hit or doing something dangerous he would rely on his stuntman Niko Nedyalkov and loved working with him.

Reigns told AOL: “In the ring we don’t look at it as stunts, we’re just working.

“I’m so used to throwing my body around, the idea of doing it when nobody other than just the crew and people in production are watching, my adrenaline doesn’t get going for that.

“Having a stunt double, his name was Niko, great guy, I loved every bit of him, it was awesome.

“All I had to do was just look cool and stand there and say my lines, do the acting bit of it, but when it was time for me to get hit or do something crazy, Niko would be there.

“That was the cool part, especially where I was, resting, healing, being able to take advantage of that process and not beat my body up during the production, it was a nice spin on things for a change.”

Reigns returned to WWE action last February after putting his leukaemia in remission.

The former Universal Champion competed in his first Singles Match since his comeback at WrestleMania 35 where he beat Drew McIntyre.

He is now scheduled to team up with The Undertaker for a No Holds Barred Tag Team Match against Shane McMahon and McIntyre at Extreme Rules on July 14 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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