WWE duo Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns have been a perfect pairing on SmackDown – and it’s been a long time coming.
The current Universal Champion shocked the wrestling world when he revealed his new partnership with Brock Lesnar’s advocate just after SummerSlam, and fans have relished the chance to see them work together.
Reflecting on their relationship on and off screen, Heyman said: ‘Now 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, and 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, I like. How long has it been in the works? Really since the beginning of time, as Roman Reigns knows it to be.’
Of course, Roman made his main roster debut back at Survivor Series 2012 when he – alongside his Shield partners Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins – attacked Ryback and changed the wrestling landscape.
Meanwhile, Heyman is looking forward to this weekend’s Hell In A Cell event, where the Tribal Chief will defend his title inside the ominous structure, with an added I Quit stipulation for good measure.
‘It’s a very simple equation,’ he suggested when asked why people should be tuning in on Sunday to see Reigns against his real life cousin Jey Uso.
‘You either tune-in to Hell in a Cell and you witness the greatness of the most talked about commodity in sports entertainment today, Roman Reigns, or you will be left out of the conversation and feeling like you missed something special – because you will – if you don’t watch Hell In a Cell.’
Heyman promised fans a match full of ‘savagery’, with Roman clashing with Jey in one of WWE’s most barbaric environments.
‘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,’ he said.
‘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 the 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 defined, 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.’
*Roman Reigns defends the Universal Title against Jey Uso on Sunday, October 25 at Hell In A Cell. Tune in live on the WWE Network and BT Sport Box Office.
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