Whenever Paul Heyman speaks it’s box office, and his appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show was no different.
He took shots at Daniel Cormier, discussed his dismissal from his role on Raw, Brock Lesnar’s status as a free agent and took aim at The Rock.
Speculation has been running wild in recent weeks about a possible Wrestlemania showdown between The Rock and current Universal Champion Roman Reigns. The Rock got the ball rolling by suggesting that if he were to return to in-ring competition Reigns would be the perfect opponent. While for his part Reigns dropped in The Rock’s name in a later interview. And now Paul Heyman has had his say, as only Paul Heyman can.
When asked about Reign’s current storyline leading to a match against The Great One, Heyman said:
“Oh I am sure Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson sure hopes so. Let’s examine this from a realistic point of view. Roman Reigns never mentioned Dwayne Johnson’s name. Paul Heyman never mentioned Dwayne Johnson’s name. So, you can’t categorize this as the biggest star on Fox Network, let alone the biggest star on SmackDown, let alone the biggest star in WWE looking to call out a bigger star. We never mentioned Dwayne Johnson’s name. The Rock mentioned Roman Reigns’ name. The Rock called out Roman Reigns. The Rock is positioning himself to get the celebrity rub off of Roman Reigns. You know what? God bless The Rock for doing it, he’s always thinking box office.”
Heyman then went on to call Reigns “the single hottest box office attraction in WWE” and “the biggest star on Fox” before adding that “he is only scratching the surface on how far he can go in this new presentation.”
It remains to be seen whether Heyman is stirring the pot and toying with fans or genuinely laying the foundations for a bout between the two. However, what is for certain is that his latest comments will only increase the speculation. In turn heightening the anticipation for a potential star-studded clash.
The full interview can be found in the video above with a h/t to WrestlingNews.Co for the transcription.