At WrestleMania 38, Logan Paul made his official WWE debut in the ring in a tag team match that saw him and The Miz pull out a victory over Rey & Dominik Mysterio.
Later in the year, Paul would make a second appearance in the ring, this time at SummerSlam, where he scored a victory over the same person he won with at ‘Mania, The Miz.
Being viewed as a needle mover with over 23 million subscribers on YouTube, and competing in boxing matches against types such as the legendary Floyd “Money” Mayweather where he would actually go the distance and score a draw, Paul has been both praised and booed by the WWE Universe.
On one hand, a large portion of the wrestling community hasn’t exactly been shy about letting their displeasure with Paul be known. On the other, he’s been given props for his performances in the ring and adapting to professional wrestling so quickly, this coming from each fans, critics, and wrestlers alike.
Paul has admitted, however, that professional wrestling isn’t easy and that there’s plenty of room for improvement.
“I’m having trouble with it. It is hard,” said Paul to Roman Reigns during their conversation on the Impaulsive podcast. “I feel I’m trying to learn those things.”
Paul then went into what legends he’s studying to improve himself in the ring:
“I’m watching guys like you [Roman Reigns], I’m watching Brock (Lesnar), a lot of John Cena, Stone Cold, doing my research and trying to get as versed as I can in this industry, but it is hard. I don’t have the luxury of time on my side. I’m here.”
“I watched a video of John Cena watching an old match of his and it’s really interesting now, in hindsight, that he has the knowledge that he has, to critique his performance. It was his first performance ever. He was just watching the crowd, he was barely watching the moves, the physicality.”
“It’s all about the crowd. I just came to the realization, I think WWE is harder than boxing. It’s a mental torment to consider the crowd, the moves, everything all at once. It’s absurd.”
Logan Paul was featured on WWE SmackDown on Friday after receiving an invitation from Paul “Triple H” Levesque, this coming after Paul said on his podcast that he could beat Roman Reigns in a match after the “Tribal Chief” had already left the interview.
Paul was eventually confronted on Twitter by Reigns’ Special Counsel Paul Heyman who stated that he would be “handling” him, which nearly came in the form of a beat down from Solo Sikoa, and the entire Bloodline after Paul landed a punch on Sami Zayn.
Afterward, WWE scheduled an official match for the premium event Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia between Roman Reigns and Logan Paul, which will be for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
On Saturday, WWE then held a press conference to promote the match, which eventually led to Reigns pushing Paul, Triple H having to step in the middle of the two, and the “Tribal Chief” saying he was going to “f**king smash” Paul before walking off the podium.
Crown Jewel will take place on Saturday, November 5th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.