Paul Heyman has done his best to name what the greatest challenge is for Roman Reigns and he isn’t naming a wrestler for that distinction.
For the past 1,000+ days and nearly three years, Roman Reigns has held the WWE Universal Championship while also adding the WWE Championship over a year with Paul Heyman by his side. Recently, WWE presented Reigns with one golden Undisputed WWE Universal Championship that Reigns proudly displays when he’s booked on Smackdown.
Recently, Reigns has been dealing with some family issues because The Bloodline imploded on the June 16th edition of Smackdown. That was the night when Jey Uso sided with his brother Jimmy against Roman Reigns and The Bloodline, which includes The Usos’ younger brother Solo Sikoa and the “Wise Man” Paul Heyman. Jey delivered a superkick to Reigns and Solo. When Reigns got up, The Usos dropped The Tribal with a double superkick as the fans cheered due to how much Reigns bulled both of The Usos over the last three years.
While Reigns wasn’t on the June 23rd edition of Smackdown, Solo was. The Usos took advantage of that to end the show by hitting multiple superkicks on their brother Solo along with a double Uso Splash.
Roman Reigns will be back for next week’s June 30th edition of Smackdown, which is one night before Roman & Solo face The Usos in The Bloodline’s Civil War match at Money in the Bank on July 1st in London, England.
When Paul Heyman appeared on the Pat McAfee Show this week, the Wise Man theorized that Roman’s greatest challenge is not a wrestler on the WWE roster, but it’s with himself and how he will top himself.
“That’s really Roman’s greatest challenge in life, is topping himself, that the Roman Reigns of tomorrow has to be better than the Roman Reigns of today, and the Roman Reigns two days from now needs to be better than the Roman Reigns tomorrow. So the only true challenger to Roman Reigns is himself, that he has to be constantly better. He can never truly peak because once he peaks, that’s it. We’ve reached the apex, and it’s time to go do something else.”
“But in challenging himself to be greater tomorrow than he is today and greater two days from now than he is tomorrow, then we are constantly evolving, and The Tribal Chief gets better and better. So he’s looking to be the GOAT, and tomorrow eclipse that level to create an unprecedented level, like an expanding universe is always bigger than it was a moment ago.”
“So he’s never gonna rest on his laurels. It’s like the story of Michael Jordan showing up to practice at eleven o’clock in the morning, and the coach one day showed up at 12:30 because it was a one o’clock practice, and he looked at him and went, ‘MJ, practice begins at one pm.’ Michael said, ‘Yeah, I should be here tomorrow at ten instead of eleven, right?’ That’s the point. You gotta out-do and out-work and out-perform and out-class and out-champion and out-great everyone else, including and especially yourself.”
In the same interview, Paul Heyman also commented on how he believes that Roman Reigns has had the greatest championship run of all-time in pro wrestling.