Paul Heyman: Roman Reigns Rescued Me From Obscurity
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Recently, Paul Heyman appeared at the side of the newly-heel Roman Reigns, and in his promos, Paul says that Roman Reigns corrupted him and it is not the other way around. Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Paul elaborated on these remarks going so far as to say Roman saved him from obscurity.
“Just as with Lesnar, Heyman has a long history with Reigns, although Heyman has an altogether different rapport with Lesnar than he does with Reigns, the product of their time together on the road, fighting through failure and shared triumphs in a business where friends are few and confidants are even rarer.
“With Brock Lesnar, I began by advocating for the next big thing, an NCAA Division I champion,” Heyman says. “We were tied together at the hip on his way to the top. That’s not what this is. Roman Reigns has been established as the top act for eight years, and I was the one thrown out into the ocean of obscurity. Roman Reigns rescued me.
“We’re not navigating his trajectory to the top. Our entire focus is keeping him fresh, relevant, and reinvigorated, and making that presentation seamless. That is exhilarating, even for someone who had a career in wrestling that dates back to being a photographer as a kid in Vince McMahon Sr.’s Madison Square Garden locker room.”
But what about Brock Lesnar? Lesnar’s WWE contract recently expired, but does that mean Brock Lesnar’s done with WWE? Not according to Paul Heyman.
“Brock Lesnar is very aware that I am working with Roman Reigns,” Heyman says. “There shouldn’t be any confusion here. Brock Lesnar legitimately does whatever Brock Lesnar wants to do. There is no shortage of box-office appeal in the name Brock Lesnar. If and when Brock Lesnar wants to capitalize on that box office appeal, his name will be ringing from the headlines the moment he decides to return to the ring.”
Paul Heyman will next appear alongside Roman Reigns during this week’s SmackDown when Roman Reigns teams with Jey Uso to compete in a Samoan Street Fight against Baron Corbin and Sheamus.