Paul Heyman did an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated to discuss his alliance with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
After being on the sidelines for months to be with his family during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Reigns returned in a big way by turning heel and aligning with Heyman.
For Heyman, he looks at this new alliance to reinvent himself while also having it all make sense due to their history.
“It’s an opportunity 33 years into my performing career to completely redefine, reimagine, and reinvent myself. I’m now the special counsel to the tribal chief, a role I’ve never played.
If you look at the backstory, it all makes sense. Since day one, I’ve pontificated the greatness of Roman Reigns.”
Heyman brought up how he first pointed out the greatness of Reigns heading into a match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31. He thinks Reigns could go up against any great wrestler whether that be Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, John Cena, or Bruno Sammartino and he would put his money on Reigns to win.
“With all humility aside, this is the biggest move WWE could make with its talent at the moment. We have the tenured, still-young, just-hitting-his-prime WrestleMania main-eventer, the undisputed No. 1 star in WWE, and he’d been off for seven months.
Didn’t even appear at this year’s WrestleMania. Now he’s ready to come back, and he returns with someone that has been on top and been associated with top acts for 30 years. However you define me, whether it’s as a manager, an advocate, a supporting mouthpiece, and now special counsel to the tribal chief, I have been with more WWE and universal champions than anyone. And now these two acts are together for the first time.
Roman Reigns coming back to WWE gives everyone on the roster an opportunity to redefine themselves.”
Heyman continued by stating that Reigns is the headliner and that makes everyone he works with relevant. He stated that Reigns is the single biggest superstar of the past decade and remains that today. Heyman added that he thinks everyone gets a chance to redefine themselves in the centerpiece of WWE.
Heyman also talked about his past roles as manager, Brock Lesnar being a box office star, and more. Check out the full interview here.