Paul Heyman says Roman Reigns always had a vision of something beyond “The Big Dog.”
Roman Reigns’ journey to become “The Tribal Chief” was one filled with ups and downs before he became the top star of WWE as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
After The Shield broke up in 2014, Reigns embarked on his solo career, taking on the moniker of “The Big Dog.”
Appearing on Tetragrammation with Rick Rubin, Paul Heyman discussed how he believed Reigns was a natural matchup for his previous client, Brock Lesnar. He said:
“So I had known Roman’s family for so many years, and I could tell that this was a natural matchup for Brock Lesnar. This was Macho Man to Hogan. This was Rock to Austin. This was just the rivalry, the two that would go down in history intertwined together. They just matched up so well.”
“So Roman and I had talked about it because Roman always, much like Brock understanding the cap of his money in 2004, Roman understood the cap of The Big Dog as a personality.”
“Roman understood that the presentation of The Big Dog Roman Reigns, as much as he could make it his own, was always going to be the corporate structure produced talent.”
The Wise Man of The Bloodline continued on to compare Roman Reigns to George Michael’s Freedom! ’90. Noting that Roman always had a vision of something beyond “The Big Dog,” Heyman said:
“I’ll even reference a piece of music that Rick Rubin didn’t produce. George Michael, Freedom 90. That’s Roman Reigns. The whole thing about George Michael singing, they wanted my eyes this color, they wanted me to sing this way.”
“This is how the labels wanted to present me because that was the marketing, that was the exploitation of my intellectual property. But as an artist, I want the freedom to soar or sink on my own and with my own merits.”
“With my real colored eyes, with the way that I really look and dress and present myself and approach my art and music. Roman Reigns always had a vision of something past The Big Dog, but he was still too young.”
Since returning to align with Paul Heyman in 2020, Roman Reigns has held the Universal Championship for over 1000 days. He eventually defeated Brock Lesnar to also win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 38.
The Bloodline saga with Reigns, Heyman, The Usos and Solo Sikoa has become the prominent program in all of WWE over the past three years since then.
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