Paul Heyman has had a remarkable impact on professional wrestling, working with some of the greatest wrestlers and greatest minds that the industry has ever seen.
From appearing alongside a young Steve Austin and predicting greatness to running ECW and later guiding the career of Brock Lesnar, Heyman has done it all. Yet, this is only a snapshot into a career that will undoubtedly land him in the WWE Hall of Fame when all is said and done.
In his current role, Heyman acts as Special Counsel for Roman Reigns on-screen, while he helps craft every intricacy of The Bloodline’s story backstage.
Speaking in a new interview with Jimmy Traina on SI Media, Heyman was asked what it was like to work with Reigns. The veteran gave a slightly surprising, and detailed answer.
“Spiritually orgasmic. I often say the relationship, when you work with somebody so closely behind the scenes in the pursuit of doing something that can garner this type of critical acclaim, that the pursuit has to be so transparent and so open with one another that in a completely non-sexual way, you’re far more intimate with that person than you are with your own family. Because in order to reach those levels, you have to expose your own vulnerabilities, your own fears, and your own concerns.”
Paul Heyman Breaks Down Reigns’ Character
Expanding further, Heyman said that he prefers to see Reigns as a “villain” or “antagonist” rather than a wrestling heel or babyface. He added this results in the portrayal of a hero who was pushed too far.
“All great villains don’t see themselves as the villains,” Heyman said. “It’s the portrayal of a hero that was pushed too far, and went too far, and accomplished too much, that once they reached that level no one else could attain, he felt the burden to stay at that level, and the responsibilities and the obligations and the accountability of being at the level weighs on you.”
Paul Heyman most recently appeared on the March 6th episode of Raw where he was again pulling the strings for The Bloodline.
H/t to Wrestling Inc