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Paul Heyman Says Roman Reigns Could Become “UFC Heavyweight Champion In A Heartbeat”
Paul Heyman, the Special Counsel to Roman Reigns, has no doubt that the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion could achieve another prominent feet in the sporting world.
The 37-year-old wrestler is the longest-reigning Universal Champion in WWE history (over 650 days and counting). On top of that, The Tribal Chief hasn’t been pinned in over 900 days — since the TLC 2019 pay-per-view where he lost a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to King Corbin.
It’s well-known by now just how highly Heyman thinks of Reigns. Just last year, the legendary manager claimed that The Tribal Chief “is the greatest of all time, the GOAT,” and that Reigns “is a much better champion” than The Rock. During an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Heyman took it a step further by suggesting Reigns could easily become the UFC heavyweight champion.
“He has the agility and aptitude of a Division I athlete and don’t ever lose sight that Roman Reigns could be the UFC heavyweight champion in a heartbeat,” Heyman said. “The aura of him being presented as The Tribal Chief at times betrays what an extremely — all pun intended — tough man and athlete who stands before you as your tribal chief.”
Heyman joined forces with Reigns on the go-home Payback edition of WWE SmackDown on Aug. 28, 2020. That twist essentially confirmed that Reigns would work as a heel going forward, and the turn was basically cemented when he defeated Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman in a Universal Championship bout at the pay-per-view.
Reigns was seemingly done with the longtime manager when the Universal Champion “fired” Heyman during the Dec. 17 episode of WWE SmackDown. This of course was only a ploy to trick Brock Lesnar (Heyman’s longtime client), who would lose the WWE Championship to Bobby Lashley at the Royal Rumble thanks to interference from Reigns.
Paul Heyman & Roman Reigns Have Been Near-Perfect As A Duo
The long-term babyface version of Roman Reigns simply wasn’t working. The WWE Universe wouldn’t support Reigns as the new No. 1 face of the company, and it took Vince McMahon a long tim to accept this. But the decision to a) turn Reigns heel and b) pair him with Heyman has been a game-changer for WWE.
Despite portraying a villain, Reigns is the top star in WWE right now, and the historic run isn’t about to end any time soon. The call to pair Reigns with Heyman will certainly go down as one of the best decisions by WWE creative in history.