Paul Heyman was interviewed on a special bonus edition of The Gorilla Position podcast ahead of tonights WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
Heyman talked about tonight’s pay-per-per, his relationship with Tribal Chief Roman Reigns, the WWE ThunderDome, Drew McIntyre vs. Tyson Fury and much more.
Paul Heyman was asked how he feels about being partnered with Roman Reigns: “What feels right about it to me is the fact that Roman Reigns is the single biggest box office attraction in sports entertainment today, not just limited to the SmackDown brand or the WWE brand. He is the single biggest office attraction in all of sports entertainment. If you review how Roman Reigns debuted on the main roster, it was just about 8 years ago to the day where Roman Reigns debuted as part of The Shield. The Shield was brought in by Paul Heyman to protect the title reign of the then champion CM Punk. So this has been in the works ever since Roman Reigns debuted on the main roster and I would dare say, this has been in the works since the day Roman Reigns was born. So what do I like about it? Every single solitary thing about it. How long has it been in the works? Really, since the beginning of time as Roman Reigns knows it to be.”
“What can we expect to see in the I Quit Hell in the Cell?”: “I think what you can expect in a Hell in a Cell match with Roman Reigns and his first cousin, Jey Uso, is savagery that you’re not used to seeing within WWE, especially in an I Quit match. This match was designed so that one man has to forfeit his claim to be better than the other. One man has to forfeit his goals of being the single biggest star in WWE, the Universal Champion. One man has to forfeit his privilege of even attempting to claim to be the head of the family. So there is a lot on the line. It’s not just the Universal Title. It’s the head of the family. It’s pride. It’s the generations and generations beforehand and the generations and generations to come that will look upon the winner of this match as the definitive authentic head of the family. It’s a family that I would dare say is the most star-driven family in the history of sports entertainment.”
Heyman was asked what he thinks of the Thunderdome: “The entire world has changed in 2020. Anybody that denies that is a fool. We are looking at an experience that is as close to a live crowd as one can experience right now under the current conditions. If you look at it from just a very straight perspective, we have two choices. We can either stop running shows or we can continue providing the entertainment that people turn to us for. So I’m a big fan of Thunderdome. Do I miss the live crowds? Absolutely. Of course I do. I’m someone who has thirty something years of experience performing in front of a live crowd. So I very much miss the live crowds. But because the live crowds are not available right now, this is as good as we are going to get in 2020. In the meantime, it forces and compels the performers to come up with new and innovative ways to present the WWE product. I’m a big fan of progression and new and innovative ways to present the product. In some ways, this was quite necessary in the scheme of things and I’m a big fan every Friday of walking in the Thunderdome.”