Paul Heyman Compares The Bloodline’s Royal Rumble Story To Shakespearian Pantomime
The drama that existed between The Bloodline at WWE’s Royal Rumble has led to Paul Heyman comparing it to Shakespeare.
At the WWE Royal Rumble, the conclusion of the show was more memorable than any of the matches and other moments to most people watching. After all, it was the beginning of the end of The Bloodline stable led by the “Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns, who also happens to be the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
Following Reigns’s tainted victory over Kevin Owens, he wanted Sami Zayn to join the rest of The Bloodline (Jimmy & Jey Uso as well as Solo Sikoa) in attacking Kevin Owens, who was handcuffed to the ropes. Zayn was physically pushed by Reigns, but Zayn refused because Owens is his best friend and he didn’t want to see Owens suffer more. That led to Zayn hitting Reigns in the back with a steel chair, which drew a huge ovation from the San Antonio crowd at the Alamodome.
Zayn took a beating from Reigns, Jimmy and Solo after that, but Jey refused to join in because he liked Sami and how loyal Sami was towards the group. The fans cheered Jey for his actions while Reigns dealt with “f**k you Roman” chants for going a bit too far that night.
Paul Heyman was there to witness it all because, as the Special Counsel to Reigns, he is always playing a key role in this story.
In an interview with Variety, Paul Heyman talked about the brilliance of The Bloodline storyline while calling Zayn a “dynamic catalyst” in the story.
“As soon as we had felt that everyone had gotten almost comfortable with all of our characters, we threw in this crazy out of left field, dynamic catalyst that no one saw coming, that would change the perception of the group and the interpersonal dealings amongst us all.”
As Paul Heyman continued, he also spoke about the brilliance of The Bloodline’s story by noting that they spent 15 minutes telling the story without a microphone in their hands, yet the audience was absolutely captivated. That led to Heyman comparing it to Shakespeare.
“Look at what we did without a microphone in our hands with Sami Zayn at the end of the Royal Rumble. We did a 15-minute storyline that called back to everything we’ve done for the past year with Sami, and everything we did was basically a Shakespearean pantomime.”
Elsewhere in Heyman’s interview with Variety, he made the case for Roman Reigns to win an Emmy Award based on his performance as the Tribal Chief.