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November 21, 2020

Hyundai has partnered with WWE to develop the DRIVE FOR BETTER 10-episode content series. The content series features WWE Superstars telling stories and taking part in appearances across the country that demonstrate WWE and Hyundai’s mutual dedication to enriching people’s lives. The first episode debuted in July and the next will feature WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and his recent virtual visit with patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The series is posted on WWE’s digital platforms and the Superstars’ social media channels.

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October 17, 2020

Paul Heyman finds himself at the start of a new challenge in his career after being relieved of his duties as executive director of “Monday Night Raw.” The 55-year-old is now the on-screen “special counsel to the tribal chief,” WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns, who is in the infancy of a long-awaited heel turn. Before standing in Reigns’ corner for his match with Braun Strowman on the season premiere of “Friday Night SmackDown” (Friday, 8.p.m, Fox), Heyman took time for some Q&A with The Post’s Joseph Staszewski.

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Q: Is this the version of Roman Reigns he was meant to play?

A: Yes. This version of Roman Reigns needed some experience, adversity, seasoning and age. We were doing the interview on last week’s SmackDown that Roman did behind this fantastic power desk and he delivered an interview regarding Jey Uso and a lesson that Roman learned from his father, who was a WWE Hall of Famer Sika of the Wild Samoans. And I said to Roman, do you realize you could not have presented this facet of your personality even two-and-a-half, three years ago. You were still too young.

Now when you look at him and you look at his face, now you see a more mature persona. You can sign off on the fact that he has a decade of experience on a day-to-day basis with enormous main event battles over the past 10 years.

Q: There were thoughts he should have turned heel a long time ago. But do you think this wouldn’t have worked as well if it had been done at an earlier time?

A: I find it very funny how everyone is so quick to jump the gun that we are presenting this purely villainous version of Roman Reigns. The reason why I say that is, we haven’t even scratched the surface of the depths this character can go to. We’re not even out of the gate yet when it comes to that. There’s a long narrative and a fascinating journey ahead. All we’ve done is taken away the kissing babies and smiling into the camera and trying to put smiles on people’s faces of his personality, which a lot of people had trouble buying into from the get-go.

That’s always the responsibility and the obligation of the top star. I think it’s very accurate to say that what you’re seeing now is what they like to call a shoot because you’re seeing the weight and the pressure and the enormous burden that a top star, whether it be in WWE, the NBA, the NHL, the NFL, Major League Baseball, the No. 1 rated series on television, the biggest box office attraction in movies, the pressure and the weight and the burden is enormous on these people. And what you’re seeing is a characterization of someone living with that burden on a moment-by-moment basis and what it can do to you and the addiction that a perfectionist like Roman Reigns will develop over staying at that level above everyone else. Read more

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October 15, 2020

Since making his surprise return at SummerSlam, Roman Reigns has been one of the consistent highlights of all WWE programming. From his sizzling promos to a unique storyline involving his cousin, Jey Uso, Reigns is clicking better than he ever has in his already-impressive career.

Reigns was sidelined at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a product of an enlarged spleen making it unsafe for the leukemia survivor to compete in an uncertain environment. As Reigns told CBS Sports, the locker room leader being forced to sit out during a difficult time for the company and its performers was a double-edged sword.

“You know, it was tough, but I tried to just focus on things I could control and the time with my family,” Reigns said. “For a long time — and I think maybe the reason people consider myself a locker room leader is the dedication to my craft and to the performance and to our locker room and being there for those guys and not only being where I worked as far as my character but really being there in the locker room and being approachable and going through the grind with those guys. I think I was able to earn the respect when they saw how I carried myself and how I operated on a daily basis and the work output that I put in. But, for me, it was either dwell on the negatives because, yeah, I wanted to be there and wanted to help the team and help the product, but it was also very nice to be able to help my family and be there for my children and my wife and create a little bit of a solid foundation and structure in these crazy times.

“For me to be home when everything is in question and it’s scary just to go to the grocery store, I think that was something critical for my household to see that mom and dad are doing this together and they’re spearheading this thing and taking it on as it comes. But I won’t lie, there’s something very gratifying about going to work and doing your job at a high level and earning and providing for your family. Luckily, the work that I put in in the past and up to that point, it built a good equity with WWE all the way to the fact that nothing changed for me. I was still fortunate enough to receive my paycheck and take care of my family. We’re in a very blessed situation to be able to stay home and still operate as a household and family but have security and food on the table.”

Reigns’ return saw “The Big Dog” become “The Tribal Chief,” shifting from a longtime status as one of the company’s top faces to a role as its top heel. Reigns paired off with advocate Paul Heyman and made it clear he had returned to action with no concern for how he was perceived as he recaptured the universal championship.
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October 15, 2020

By Ryan Satin

Paul Heyman is never at a loss for words.

The former Executive Director of Raw, who recently re-appeared on WWE TV as “The Special Counsel” to Roman Reigns, has been a key component in the Universal Champion’s new heel persona.

This week, “The Tribal Chief” will once again be put to the test during the season premiere of Friday Night SmackDown, when he defends the Universal title against Braun Strowman in an epic clash of behemoths.

But before that happens … Heyman sat down for a chat with FOX Sports to talk about everything transpiring lately around the champ – and, as you’d expect, he had lots to say.

Paul also spoke candidly about working as the Executive Director of Raw and how his time in the position ended with a mutual appreciation between he and Vince McMahon.

RS: Right off the bat, since returning, I just want to know how it’s felt seeing the work you and Roman Reigns have been doing be so universally praised by everyone watching. 

PH: We’re very worthy of it. As a matter of fact, I think the praise is understated. I think Roman Reigns and I both continue to be quite unappreciated by the sports, the entertainment and the sports entertainment world. But we’re starting to get there now.

RS: In what way do you feel he is unappreciated? 

PH: I don’t think people understand just how far ahead Roman Reigns is from everybody else. I don’t think people really appreciate how great of a Universal champion Roman Reigns is.

I don’t think anyone, besides FOX, understands the enormous box office appeal of Roman Reigns. Which is why Roman Reigns is main eventing the season premiere of FOX this Friday against Braun Strowman.

This is part of the convergence of circumstances that led to Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman appearing together on television, is the fact that Roman Reigns is so remarkably unappreciated.

That so many people have taken Roman Reigns for granted over the years and don’t really acknowledge the level of performance that he brings forth in WWE.

RS: I think, as of late, especially since he’s come back on TV, I think it’s been very evident that he is “the guy.” For a long time, people wanted to push back on that. But I don’t think there is any denying now, when you see how he’s being presented with you by his side, that Roman Reigns is the biggest performer in all of wrestling.

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September 30, 2020

By Jason Duaine Hahn | September 30, 2020

“I really just try to stress that we’re all in this together, that they’re not alone, though it can sometimes feel that way — especially being in the hospital at a time like this,” Roman Reigns tells PEOPLE

Six years later, Stephanie McMahon still remembers the day Connor Michalek walked into her life. “We were backstage after the Royal Rumble in Pittsburgh, it was after the show and it’s not unusual for there to be a meet-and-greet,” McMahon, WWE’s Chief Brand Officer, tells PEOPLE of the January 2014 event. “There was this little boy standing there, and I could see from the back that he was sick because he was bald, had a scar running up the back of his neck, and a big lump on the front of his head.” McMahon soon found out that the 8-year-old boy, who had just watched his favorite WWE superstars duke it out in the ring, was in a fight of his own. Connor had medulloblastoma, a fast-growing tumor that affects the brain or spinal cord, and didn’t have long to live. “I couldn’t believe it,” McMahon recalls. “I looked over at this little boy who was shadowboxing, and I just kept thinking, ‘It can’t be right. The doctors have to be wrong.’ ”

After sharing “one of the best hugs that I’ve ever had” with him, McMahon went home and immediately began discussing ways to help Connor with her husband, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE’s executive vice president of global talent strategy and development. A few months later, the company invited Connor to sit front row for WrestleMania 30, where he watched Daniel Bryan — a performer who became a fan favorite for his underdog status — win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event. Following the match at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bryan approached Connor after leaving the ring and thanked him for being an inspiration as the thousands in attendance looked on. Three weeks after the heartwarming moment, Connor tragically died. Each year, about 400 new patients — primarily children — are diagnosed with medulloblastoma in the United States, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. Treatment for the disease typically involves surgery to remove the tumor (if possible), followed by radiation and chemotherapy. How well a patient responds to these treatments is based on a variety of factors, such as their age at diagnosis, the size of the tumor, and if it has spread, and if the mass can be removed safely.

Shortly after, McMahon and Levesque established Connor’s Cure, a fund to support pediatric brain and spinal cord cancer research. McMahon says she felt the cause was vital after finding only four percent of government money is used on childhood cancer research.
To highlight Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, WWE hosted the Superstar Challenge to invite fans to support the cause through donations, raising more than $13,000. Superstars themselves have also done their part by spending time with young cancer patients around the country over video during the coronavirus pandemic.
One superstar excited to participate was Roman Reigns, the current WWE Universal Champion, who was diagnosed with leukemia in his early 20s and again in 2018.

“I felt like, why is this happening? I’m healthy, I’m an athlete,” Reigns recalls of his initial diagnosis. “I was in the best years of my life, my prime as a young man and my girlfriend, who is now my wife, was pregnant with our first child. I had so much pressure and so much on my plate that it was hard for me to understand.” But Reigns says it was the strength he received from his faith and family that allowed him to get through the “mentally tough and emotionally draining” ordeal. That’s why he understands the importance of letting these young fans know they have his support. “I really just try to stress that we’re all in this together, that they’re not alone, though it can sometimes feel that way — especially being in the hospital at a time like this,” says Reigns, who also works with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “By sharing my story, I think it’s a chance for them to see somebody who’s been through somewhat of a similar situation — someone who has been knocked down and had to pick themselves up — and reached victory on the other side.”

“I think it’s a positive thing for them to be able to see that type of outcome because, unfortunately, it’s not always the miracle, dream story, and that’s the hardest part,” he adds. “But I think it’s important that we do share the victories.”

Since its founding, WWE says Connor’s Cure has raised more than $3.5 million towards their efforts with assistance from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and the V Foundation. (Donations can be sent through their website.)

“When you see these kids, some of them two and three years old, fighting cancer, with all of these wires going in and out of their arms and what they have to endure, they need help. They really do,” McMahon says. “These kids and their families need as much help as they can possibly get.”

“If you’re in a position to be to help and to be able to provide that support,” Reigns adds, “you should absolutely pay it forward. I can tell you from real-life experience, that support is so crucial.”

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September 30, 2020

Joe spoke with the SagerStrong foundation earlier this month help raise awareness for cancer. The written interview was previously posted  and now screen caps have been added to the photo galleries

 

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September 29, 2020

Roman Reigns Talks WWE Mt. Rushmore, Heel Turn, The Rock, CM Punk + Best Sports Week Ever
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Sep 29, 2020
On this week’s Tuesday podcast, Chopz, Adam, and Zion start the show with a friendly wager on the Indians vs. Yankees series before breaking down the Lakers vs. Heat NBA Finals matchup. Later in the show, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns joins the crew to talk about life in the WWE, his current run as champion, working with Paul Heyman, his recent heel turn, his WWE Mt. Rushmore and some dream matches that he has in mind against the Rock and CM Punk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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