Paul Heyman: “Roman Reigns Could Not Pull Off This Portrayal of the Top Star in the Industry”

Roman Reigns returned to WWE at SummerSlam and finally completed the heel turn that many fans have been pushing for in recent months.

Many fans have questioned why WWE didn’t pull the trigger on the heel turn much sooner, and as part of a recent appearance on The Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, Reigns’ special counsel Paul Heyman revealed that Vince McMahon wanted too but Reigns wasn’t ready.

“I wanted it to happen for a long time, Roman Reigns wanted it to happen for a long time, Vince McMahon wanted it to happen for a long time, but the timing was never right. Roman Reigns could not pull off this portrayal of the top star in the industry, even a year ago. He wasn’t weather or seasoned or experienced enough. He still worked too young.”

“Now, you look at his face and see some seasoning and weathering. He was beating the crap out of his cousin inside Hell in a Cell and he says, ‘I did this to you when we were kids and here we are 35 years old doing this.’ He looks 35. He looks like a badass 35, but he looks 35.”

Heyman went on to reveal that Reigns looks much older now and looks like he’s able to pull off the role as a heel in a way that he couldn’t five years ago.

“Before, he looked late 20s, early 30s and he was still too young. He wasn’t grizzled and didn’t have any scars. Now, you see the wars on his face. You see the pressure and obligation and responsibility and accountability and the sheer burden. That’s the core word when it comes to being the top star in WWE. The burden and the weight and what it’s done to Roman Reigns. Four WrestleMania main events, it would have been five if he appeared this year. It will be five when he appears at next year’s WrestleMania.”