Jey Uso has spoken out about the influence of Paul Heyman and all the things he’s learned from just being around the Special Counsel to ‘The Tribal Chief.’
Since September, Jey Uso has been working in close quarters with the mastermind behind Extreme Championship Wrestling during his storyline with Roman Reigns.
With Heyman overseeing the push of Reigns from writing to direction, the former Executive Director of Raw was the man who placed Uso in the spot he existed in during their initial rivalry, continuing the focus on youth movement he began when at the seat of the red brand.
Since aligning with Roman following his excellent Hell in a Cell loss, Uso has been able to work in an even closer capacity with the wrestling genius and sat down with Pro Sieben MAXX to talk about what he’s learned from Heyman:
“[Paul Heyman is] damn near like my uncle. I know a lot of people feel some kinda way about Paul Heyman but, that man is in this business for a reason. That man has been around this business for a reason. He does have a brain for this. Look at all the soldiers that he’s brought out. Brock [Lesnar], [CM] Punk. Having him around and being around him every single week has sharpened me as a performer, sharpened me as a co-worker, put me on my game, man. I’m always working and why would I not sit under the Paul Heyman learning tree? Then, I got [Roman] I’m vibing with them. I can get used to this, ‘Uce.”
Paul Heyman has a long history with the Anoa’i Family, from managing The Wild Samoans, then Uso’s father Rikishi in The Samoan SWAT Team in 1989. He’s even stood across the ring from one of wrestling’s most famous families when he managed Brock Lesnar against The Rock at SummerSlam 2002 and countless times against Roman Reigns.
Credit for the interview: Pro Sieben MAXX
h/t for the transcription: Fightful