Roman Reigns said that CM Punk "Was not as good or as over as" John Cena and The Rock.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani for BT Sports, Reigns was directly asked for his take on part-time WWE performers like Cena coming back to the company in main event positions. In framing the question, Helwani referenced CM Punk noting displeasure in the past with part-timers coming back in main event positions.
"Those statements are coming from bitter people who possibly thought they were better than they really were," Reigns said.
"When it comes down to it, CM Punk was not as good or as over as John Cena, he was not as good or as over or moved the needle like The Rock. It just was what it was," said Reigns. "From a full-time performer, I understand the frustration and wanting more. But like I said before, you've gotta take it."
In answering whether he was okay with Cena coming back for a short-term run, Reigns answered affirmatively.
"If more eyeballs are being brought to our product, a guy like John Cena, who's starring in multiple movies this summer, has earned the right where he's at that portion of his career where he is a part-time performer, I'm not gonna complain," said Reigns. "I'm just gonna capitalize on him being here and everything that he brings."
The full Reigns interview with Helwani stretched for nearly 45 minutes and can be found below.