During a recent interview on Cheap Heat, Universal Champion Roman Reigns talked about his on-screen partnership with Paul Heyman, his heel run, Shield reunion & more.
Below are the highlights:
On his new character:
“Well I think the the rare moments, displaying new layers and elevating the performance every single week, that’s always going to be a part of a staple of what we’re trying to do, but I think what’s it made it so special is the preparation. And that goes individually throughout our careers, Paul and I.
Everything that’s had to happen and the journey that we both have been on to get to this point in our careers to kind of collide and make this thing happen, but I think it goes with the similar and the very parallel mindset of trying to be the very best every single week, and this is some stuff I’ve said to Jey and Jimmy on screen.
But it’s a shoot. It’s for real. This is the only way I want to be remembered is being the the hands down, head shoulders, better than everybody else on the show, everybody else in the world. They’re all trying to catch me.
At this point, I feel like we’re in a marathon. We’re lapping people because we put so much preparation, so much thought into the detail, the nuance and trying to deliver the most sophisticated, not confusing, but very respectful stories as we can. When me and Paul knew we were going to get together, it was immediate, just starting to spit ball.
We knew it was something that had to be fleshed out in real time, obviously, week to week and be put into the situation and know our barriers, know what we were gonna have to go over, avoid, or just bust right through. But we were game planning everything, and I think that was the common denominator is that we just want to be special.
He’d been on an awesome run with Brock for 10 – 12 years, and then for myself, I already had four main events at WrestleMania, multiple championship reigns so there wasn’t much that I hadn’t already done in this industry so far. I think for both of us, it was just really about developing that cherry on top, really solidifying the legacy and cementing this Hall of Fame portion of our careers.”
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