Kurt Angle recently made the following comment on Busted Open Radio regarding Roman Reigns coming through the ranks quickly and the reaction he has received (transcript via Wrestling Inc):
"Yeah that poor kid, he got the short end of the stick. When it comes down to it, it's really not his fault. I'm not discrediting the WWE, I think they've done a fabulous job of pushing this kid. But I think the fans like to see going through the ringer. US Title, Intercontinental Title, King Of The Ring, then the WWE Title. I think Roman kind of stepped up there right away and became the main eventer, main evented WrestleMania literally a year after The Shield broke up. I think it was partly that, but you can't deny his talent. The kid is great in the ring."