Former WWE Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin, has opened up about the partnership of Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman on Friday Night SmackDown.
When the new and improved Roman Reigns made his return to the company at SummerSlam, spearing ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt and demolishing Braun Strowman with a steel chair, it was evident that something had changed about the former ‘Big Dog’.
Days later, it was revealed that Reigns had aligned himself with the genius that is Paul Heyman – cementing a heel turn in the process – and the pair went on a spree of destruction which began with the subjugation of Jey Uso and continued with Kevin Owens.
Now, with the wrestling world orating that Reigns is doing his best ever work inside a ring and on the microphone after the heel turn millions called for, Stone Cold Steve Austin has sat down with Sports Illustrated to discuss the partnership which has set WWE’s blue brand alight:
“That’s such a great package. They complement each other so well. Roman can work his ass off. He’s always been very solid in the ring, but now there’s this bond and this chemistry between Roman and Paul.
That’s what Paul Heyman does. He makes anybody he’s with that much better. It happened for me, too. If you want to suspend your disbelief, you can’t but help believe he’s Roman’s rock of knowledge. The presentation, the package and the chemistry between these two looks and sounds like money.”
Since uniting, Paul Heyman has been more than just Roman Reigns’ Special Counsel. Behind the scenes, he has been the driving force responsible for the gripping storylines behind the ascension of ‘The Tribal Chief’ as well as the elevation of men like Jey Uso to the main event picture.
With Paul Heyman overseeing his creative and writing, Roman Reigns seems to be a made man on Friday Night SmackDown as all eyes now turn to his Royal Rumble championship defence against Adam Pearce and the revelation of who he will go toe-to-toe with at WrestleMania 37.
Credit for the interview: Sports Illustrated
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.