Roman Reigns shocked the WWE Universe when he partnered up with Paul Heyman after his surprise return at SummerSlam. Brock Lesnar’s former manager has been by Reigns’ side on every appearance of his ever since.
But this alliance is not something that was recently planned. In an interview with Metro.co.uk, Heyman revealed that the partnership has been in the works ever since Reigns debuted on the main roster. He also talked about Reigns’ upcoming match at Hell in a Cell.
Reigns will be defending his WWE Universal title against Jey Uso this coming Sunday. The match also has an ‘I Quit’ stipulation written into it.
On what Roman Reigns is putting on the line
A lot is at stake for Roman Reigns as he takes on his real life cousin Jey Uso. He will not just be fighting to retain his Universal Championship, but also to cement his position as the undisputed Tribal Chief.
Heyman said that while Jey Uso will be fighting to prove he is better than Reigns, the Tribal Chief will be putting his life’s goals on the line as well as his claim to be the family head.
“One man has to forfeit his claim to be better than the other. One man has to forfeit his goals of being the single biggest star in WWE, the Universal Champion. One man has to forfeit his privilege of even attempting to claim to be the head of the family. So there is a lot on the line, it’s not just the Universal Title.”
Heyman said that the winner of this match will be looked up to as the “authentic head of the family” by generations of the past, the present, and the future.
“It’s the head of the family, it’s the pride, it’s the generations and generations beforehand and the generations and generations to come that will look upon the winner of this match as the defined, definitive, authentic head of the family.”
Reigns and Uso clashed in the brilliantly executed main event of WWE Clash of Champions. The match ended with Jimmy Uso throwing in a towel for his brother Jey to stop Reigns from beating him down.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) September 28, 2020
On how long the alliance has been in the works
Roman Reigns debuted on the main roster back in 2012 at the Survivor Series as part of The Shield along with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Paul Heyman brought the three Shield brothers in as mercenaries to protect the-then Champion CM Punk.
Later they became mainstay names on the main roster and became one of the most popular and successful stables in the history of WWE.
Heyman stated that the plan for him to team up with Reigns as his ‘counsel’ has been in the works ever since.
“So this has been in the works ever since Roman Reigns debuted on the main roster and I would dare say this has been in the works since the day Roman Reigns was born.”
Heyman urged the fans to tune in to Hell in a Cell on Sunday, unless they want feel ‘left out of the conversation’ and ‘miss something special’.