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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 17, 2020
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October 17, 2020

Orlando, Florida – Amway Center

WWE Universal Title Match: Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns

We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out first comes The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman. The new RAW Superstar hits the ring to pyro. Out next comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns with Paul Heyman. The Tribal Chief also gets pyro. We get formal ring introductions from Greg Hamilton. Fans cheer and boo as we see Jey Uso backstage watching the two competitors face off in the ring. We go back to commercial.

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Back from the break and we see WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin chatting via video call with FOX Sports’ Rob Stone again to promote Saturday’s college football on FOX. We see Stone and WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry watching from the ThunderDome crowd now. We go back to the ring and the bell rings to star the main event as Strowman gets sent to the floor after a lock-up. Strowman comes to the apron to re-enter but Reigns knocks him back to the floor with a Superman Punch. Reigns nails a dropkick on the apron and covers for a 1 count as Strowman kicks out with ease. We see Jey watching backstage again.

Reigns works on Strowman in the corner but Strowman fights back. Reigns with a big right hand and a kick to drop Braun again. Braun kicks out with ease again. Reigns sends Strowman over the top rope again. Reigns follows as the referee counts, slamming Strowman face-first into the steel ring steps. Strowman gets sent face-first into the announce table now. Strowman creates some space but Reigns leaps off the steel steps. Strowman blocks him in mid-air and ends up sending Reigns over the announce table to the floor. 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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October 15, 2020
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October 09, 2020

Orlando, Florida – Amway Center

WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, who will be presiding over the Draft this year. Stephanie comes out to a blue & red podium on the stage, and welcomes us to the 2020 Draft. She goes right to the first pick. RAW selects WWE Champion Drew McIntyre to stay on the brand. SmackDown selects WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns to stay on their brand as well

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out comes Jey Uso. We see recent happenings between Jey and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. The announcers hype Uso vs. Reigns at WWE Hell In a Cell, which will take place inside the Cell. Jey stands tall in the ring and prepares to call his cousin out as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Uso is waiting as his music continues to play. Cole sends us backstage to Kayla Braxton and Big E. A security guard walks over but it’s Kofi Kingston in disguise. Another guard comes over and it’s Xavier Woods. The New Day is back together again and they celebrate the reunion. Kofi and Woods point how something is missing – the World Tag Team Titles. Woods says not to one-up Big E, but he and Kofi are back to capture the gold. They get Big E to do his signature intro for the group, and they continue their celebration to end the segment. We go back to Uso in the ring. Uso takes the mic and asks his cousin what the stipulation for Hell In a Cell is going to be, that he teased before. Jey says he gets it, Reigns isn’t going to come out if not on his own terms.

Uso goes on but Paul Heyman appears on the big screen. He asks Jey to stop embarrassing himself and his whole family by trying to dictate the time and place of the next appearance by the WWE Universal Champion. That is at the time and leisure of the champion. Heyman has words for those who become too ambitious and shows us what happens when you try to come up. He sends us to a video package that shows Reigns dominating Uso at WWE Clash of Champions. We come back to Heyman and now see Reigns sitting at a table with his title belt. Reigns recalls how his dad, Jey’s uncle, used to say believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see in this business. He says but what we just saw in the video, you can believe that. The crowd boos Reigns. He says he was trying to help Jey, tried to make his life better. All Jey had to do was say the words, acknowledge him as his Tribal Chief. Reigns says now there will be an “I Quit” match inside the Cell for the first time. Reigns says it didn’t have to be like this. He just wants to help Jey, he loves Jey. Reigns says after Jey quits, there will be consequences. Reigns’ music starts up as Jey looks on from the ring, with a serious look on his face.

source: wrestlinginc.com

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