As the WWE Universe gets ready for one of the showpieces of the year, one of the industry’s great minds has been paying tribute to two of Survivor Series 2020’s biggest names.
Speaking to Sport360, Paul Heyman gave his thoughts on the standing of Roman Reigns, while doffing his cap to The Undertaker and his incredible 30-year career which will be celebrated at this weekend’s pay-per-view.
“Perhaps the single greatest career in WWE history,” said Heyman of the Deadman’s unrivaled stint at the top of WWE. “But it is not the success that he earned, achieved, and enjoyed that makes his story so compelling as much as the pain and the suffering he silently went through, and never complained about, in order to deliver those performances that will live in history forever.”
The Undertaker’s injury list was well documented towards the end of his career, and Heyman says this is indicative of someone who has spent so long at the top.
“As with any athlete, performer, or combination of the two, there is a tremendous sacrifice that is demanded in order to be able to live out anyone’s dreams and certainly the bigger the star you become, the higher the toll and the greater the sacrifice,” he said.
Reigns has seen a shift in attitude in recent times, and will take on Drew McIntrye on Sunday. The two men hold the top titles on the Smackdown and Raw brands respectively, with Reigns potentially holding something of an ace with Heyman in his corner.
The former advocate of Brock Lesnar, says Reigns is unquestionably the biggest name in the game at this moment.
“He is the single biggest superstar not only on Smackdown, but in all of WWE be it Smackdown, RAW, or NXT and indeed the single biggest superstar in all of sports entertainment today, and deservedly so. If I was having more fun working with Roman Reigns it would probably cause legislation to be passed to be deemed illegal.”
Heyman suggests this Sunday will be one for the annuls, and will cement Reigns’ spot at the top of the tree – against a competitor who himself will be remembered as a WWE great.
“Survivor Series 2020 will go down again in history as the night once again Roman Reigns demonstrated to the world that days after his eighth anniversary of being on the main roster in WWE, that Roman Reigns has earned his position as being THE single biggest superstar in all of WWE and indeed in all of sports entertainment,” explained Heyman. “And although Drew McIntyre is going to go down in history and one of the finest and greatest WWE champions of all time, Drew McIntyre is going to have to accept the fact that THE number one champion and superstar in WWE is Roman Reigns and that will be demonstrated this Sunday at Survivor Series.”
The WWE Universe in the Middle East can watch Survior Series, taking place in the early hours of Monday November 23, exclusively on the WWE Network.