As first reported in the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Paul Heyman has great input in the creative of the new Roman Reigns character.
The news comes hot off of the heels that Roman Reigns will be crowned Chief of the legendary Anoai family in a special ceremony on the October 2 WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
Paul Heyman, who was hired as the creative lead of WWE Monday Night Raw in 2019, was a huge advocate of pushing young and new talent but was released from his position and replaced by Bruce Pritchard after ratings for the red brand began to decline.
As noted by Dave Meltzer, the entire Roman Reigns storyline has Paul Heyman written all over it. Not only was it his chance to push talent who hadn’t been given the chance in singles action – such as Jey Uso – without being in a position of power backstage, but it is Heyman’s childhood and everything he has grown up with in the industry.
The former ‘Godfather of ECW’ has a long and storied past with the Anoai family, from managing The Samoan Swat Team in WCW to advising Roman Reigns’ father, Sika, in The Wild Samoans. It was a relationship Heyman continued through the years which bred a great deal of trust between the pair. According to legendary wrestling journalist Bill Apter, it was Sika who convinced his son to do business with Heyman.
The gimmick that Roman Reigns currently adopts not only originated from The Rock’s grandfather, ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia, but is also based in reality as Maivia was a legitimate Samoan Chief later in life.
WWE and Paul Heyman have already done a sterling job of merging fantasy with reality by basing the Roman Reigns tale around him demanding the respect from his family that he never received from the audience. This was most notable during his WWE Universal Championship Match with cousin, Jey Uso, at WWE Clash of Champions.
During the main event, Reigns kept ordering a beaten and battered Uso to acknowledge him as the family’s Tribal Chief and Head of the Table. Though Jey refused, an injured Jimmy Uso hobbled to the ring, threw in the towel for his brother and uttered the words Reigns longed to hear.
With a wealth of talk about a Bloodline stable consisting of Reigns and the reluctant Usos as well as rumours abound that The Rock will return to challenge Roman at WrestleMania 37 in order liberate his family legacy, if WWE chose to go down that route they could have one of the biggest storylines of the year in the faux Chief of the Anoai family vs. the grandson of the original Chief.