Paul Heyman has heaped praise on The Usos describing them as a “transformative tag team” and “light-years ahead of everyone else on the roster.”
Paul Heyman’s association with the Anoa’i Family goes all the way back to the late 1980’s where appearing as Paul E Dangerously, he managed The Samoan SWAT Team in Jim Crockett Promotions. One of the members of the team was Fatu, who would later go on to become Rikishi. The father of The Usos and new WWE NXT signee Solo Sikoa.
Fast forward to 2021 and Paul Heyman is once again the guiding force behind a branch of the wrestling dynasty. This time acting as Special Counsel to Universal Champion Roman Reigns and SmackDown Champions The Usos.
Speaking in a new interview with Sports Illustrated, Heyman was full of praise of the Tag Team Champions, comparing them to legends the Funk Brothers.
“Much like a modern-day, progressive version of the Funk brothers, or Tully [Blanchard] and Arn [Anderson], or Pat [Patterson] and [Ray] Stevens, or even DX, they are individual singles stars that are bigger together than they are separately,” Heyman says. “Jimmy and Jey are two great singles wrestlers that happen to be identical twins. They would be singles stars, but they work incredibly well together as a tag team.”
Heyman continued, explaining that The Usos are light-years ahead of the rest of the roster. Not only that, they are redefining tag team wrestling.
“The Usos are exactly where Roman Reigns was two and a half years ago, and that’s at the cusp of entering their prime,” Heyman says. “You have not seen the best of The Usos yet, and they are already light-years ahead of everyone else on the roster and all of sports entertainment.”
“They’ve weathered the storms, gone through their controversies, and taken and delivered their beatings,” Heyman says. “The Usos are not only at the top of their game, they are at the top of the entire concept of tag team wrestling. Years from now, by the time they wrap up this run, they will be recognized as not just the best tag team of all-time, but as the two men that caused us to redefine the description of the type of match they present.
“Much like I took the term manager and progressed it and evolved it into agent-advocate-special counsel, The Usos are a transformative tag team that are so great we will need to find a different description to describe their matches.”
On the most recent episode of SmackDown The Usos interrupted ‘King’ Xavier Woods knighting Kofi Kingston. This resulted in a match between the two teams in the main event. However, despite being champions, The Usos were defeated with Kingston rolling up Jimmy Uso.