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Paul Heyman Says He Was Reluctant To Return Without Brock Lesnar

Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns might seem like they belong together. However, Reigns’ ‘Special Counsel’ has revealed that he was initially hesitant to return to WWE television without Brock Lesnar.

Speaking with Justin Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Heyman explained that despite his reluctance, the only person who could have got him back in front of the camera was Roman Reigns.

“I cannot begin to convey how reluctant I was to ever do anything in this industry after the eight years, let alone the 18 years, that I put together with Brock Lesnar,” Heyman says. “Look at our accomplishments: a 500-day run as champion, multiple world championships, the single biggest, most historic victory in sports entertainment history in the conquering of ‘The Streak.’ There was very little chance of me ever returning on-screen.”

“For me to pursue, in front of the camera, life after Brock Lesnar, the only lure that could seduce me to even attempting such an impossible goal was to do it with someone that would live their life in the pursuit of achieving that impossibility, and that’s Roman Reigns,” Heyman says. “And that’s why someone, that’s why anyone and that’s why everyone should watch Roman Reigns. Every micromoment he’s in the frame, you are witnessing the pursuit of the all-time greatest career in the annals of sport, in the annals of entertainment and in the annals of sports entertainment.”

Heyman continued, explaining that Reigns’ aim is to end his career as the best to ever do it.

“Keep watching because it’s not forever,” Heyman says. “It’s a rare opportunity, and this only lasts as long as Roman Reigns determines it should last. There is a body of work being put together that won’t be matched, and there is a driving force, a vision, a dream, a want, a desire and a yearning to accomplish.

“Our objective is clear. Stack up ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Bruno Sammartino—these Mount Rushmore names that are beyond iconic—stack them all up together and they won’t be able to reach the level that Roman Reigns will accomplish. That’s the goal here. I say that as a hype artist; I say that as the ‘special counsel’ to the ‘Tribal Chief,’ but there is no hype in that hyperbole—it’s what they call a shoot.

Since returning to action at SummerSlam and aligning with Heyman, Roman Reigns has arguably been at the peak of his powers. In the months that followed his return, Reigns won the Universal Title and has maintained a stranglehold at the top of SmackDown ever since.

Reigns was last in action defeating Daniel Bryan to retain his beloved championship. What’s more, defeat meant that Daniel Bryan has been banished from SmackDown.

Roman Reigns is set to appear on the upcoming throwback edition of SmackDown where he will continue his reign over the blue brand.