With the dust finally beginning to settle on Royal Rumble 2022, Paul Heyman recently appeared on WWE After the Bell to speak about the fallout, how he and Roman Reigns cost Brock Lesnar the WWE Championship and the future of the company.
With Reigns and Lesnar set to go head-to-head at WrestleMania 38, Heyman used the opportunity to tell listeners that The Tribal Chief still has plenty left in the tank.
“I’ll say this selfishly, you haven’t seen the best of Roman Reigns yet,” he said, as reported by Wrestling Inc.
“Roman Reigns a year from now will be far greater than Roman Reigns today, Roman Reigns this Friday will be better than Roman Reigns last Friday and Roman Reigns next Friday will be able to look back at this Friday’s appearance and say ‘Ah, I can do that so much better.’”
He also had similar praise for Lesnar and The Usos, continuing: “I’ll include The Usos in that as well. The Usos as a tag team are so infinitely better than they were six months ago and six months ago they were already the best tag team of the past twenty years. I say those names selfishly.
“I think you look at Brock Lesnar evolving as a persona on television and here he comes down now ‘Captain Caveman’ fresh off a farm in Saskatchewan where he’s a pure killer and butcher. Can you compare this Brock Lesnar you’ve seen in the last 20 years? He’s evolving, he’s only going to be better.”
Reigns and Lesnar have faced off seven times in the past, appearing together in four one-on-one matches and three multi-man matches.
They met in the main event of both WrestleMania 31 (2015) and WrestleMania 34 (2018) and most recently headlined WWE’s 2021 Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where Reigns got the better of Lesnar for the second time in his career, retaining his universal title.
While fans of the sport may be tiring of seeing the two go head-to-head, Heyman was keen to reinforce the significance of the rivalry, comparing the forthcoming bout to Lesnar’s WrestleMania 30 clash with The Undertaker.
“Brock Lesnar was the answer to the quandary of The Undertaker and he conquered the streak,” Heyman said. “I feel we are at the same point in history now, who can conquer the conqueror?”
Somewhat inevitably, the answer to that question, in Heyman’s opinion at least, is none other than Roman Reigns.
“One victory, not to minimise what Bobby Lashley accomplished, over the beast is one thing,” he continued. “Domination over the beast, countering the beast, a consistent record of being able to replace Brock Lesnar as the top star, top attraction, the WrestleMania main event, the go-to-guy, the unbeatable, the unthinkable, the unfathomable. There’s only one person I think really cares that credentials right now and that’s Roman Reigns.”
Given that his run as Universal Champion just passed 520 days, the longest of any kind on the main roster in nearly 50 years, Heyman could have a point.