Elias On Roman Reigns Being Top Guy In WWE, His Creative Freedom & More

One of the surprise breakout WWE Superstars of 2017, Elias, recently appeared as a guest with WWE Hall Of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin on the latest installment of his Steve Austin Show podcast.

During the show, Elias spoke with "The Texas Rattlesnake" about enjoying the creative freedom he has with his character in WWE.

"I have no complaints. As far as Monday Night Raw goes, I am given an incredible amount of freedom with who I am, what I do with the ring, what i do with the guitar, what I say in my promos and I know i don't take that for granted one second," Elias said. "I swear I showed up to Monday Night Raw, and the kind of stuff I do on Monday Night Raw I didn't do at NXT, but what I do on Monday Night Raw I would do on the live events all year. Introduce myself, share a little story, sing a song about the town, or whatever is going through my head. It's almost like they took my live event stuff and let's put it on TV, which is exactly what I do. The same thing you see me do on TV I do some kind of version of that I switch it up depending on what I am feeling that night. I like it, and hoping that I am on an upward progression and doing what I can to work my way up."

Elias went on to discuss his critically acclaimed match on RAW a few weeks ago against Roman Reigns, as well as his thoughts on Reigns' spot as the top dog on the WWE roster.

"He's in the position that he is in for a reason. The fans, I understand their reaction for him, but they are reacting for him, big time everytime he goes out there for him," Elias said. "He is the big dog and I felt that way when I was in the ring with him. He is cool to work with; smooth, and he isn't panicked or rushing over anything. You just feel it as soon as you get in there. Together, our styles came together nicely I thought."

Elias continued, "I don't get nervous facing him, but I do understand what is going on; they are giving me 20 minutes with their main guy, but also, I have been thinking about this my whole life. I have been wanting this my whole life, and been wanting this spot my whole life, so to me it's just time to do this," he said. "I don't mean to come off sounding like a big shot, but it's the truth. I have been watching wrestling since I was a kid, and have wanted to wrestle at WrestleMania in big matches, so I don't think nervous is the word, but I am definitely excited about what is going on."

Check out the complete Elias interview with Steve Austin at PodcastOne.com.