The always charismatic Paul Hayman appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA SHOW to talk about WWE, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and a variety of Topics. Before getting into the topic of being with Roman Reigns, Hayman first spoke about why he is no longer the Executive Director on Raw
“As for why I’m no longer the executive director on Monday night Raw is because I served at the pleasure of the chairman, Vince McMahon and there came a day where I was no longer as the pleasure of the chairman Vince McMahon. When I took the role of executive director, I made an agreement with Vince McMahon. I want this job as long as every morning Vince McMahon woke up he said thank God Paul Heyman is looking after the store on Raw. And the day that Vince McMahon didn’t wake up and feel that way I didn’t want the job anymore. Apparently on that given day, at that given moment, Vince didn’t wake up that morning saying that Paul Hayman was in charge of Raw. We left with a smile, a handshake and a hug and absolutely no harsh feelings
Paul Hayman was then asked who’s idea it was to be paired with Roman Reigns
I think it was, I think this has been in the works for 8 years. If you think back to how Roman Reigns debuted in WWE. Roman Reigns debuted as part of The Shield and The Shield started as the protectors of CM Punks title reign. It was revealed on Monday night Raw in Las Vegas that I was behind The Shield. So, I’ve been associated with Roman Reigns since his very first day on the roster in WWE and this is something we have all thought about since the beginning, Would we ever pair Roman Reigns up with Paul Hayman and the time was never right.
Ariel then asked straight out if because of the bloodlines if we are headed towards a Rock vs Roman Reigns match at Wrestlemania
“I’m sure Dwayne The Rock Johnson sure hopes so. Roman Reigns never mentioned Dwayne Johnson’s name, Paul Hayman never mentioned Dwayne Johnson’s name, So you can’t categorize this as the biggest star on FOX network is looking to call out a bigger star. We never mentioned Dwayne Johnson’s name. The Rock mentioned Roman Reigns’s name. The Rock called out Roman Reigns’s name. The Rock is positioning himself to get the celebrity rub off of Roman Reigns and you know what? God bless The Rock for doing it.
Hayman continued to say The Rock isn’t the only person who wants to face Reigns
Every other box office attraction from celebrities, to sports celebrities to mixed martial artists, to sports entertainers, to legends from sports entertainment are all banging down Vince McMahon’s door saying please, please put me in the main event at Wrestlemania with Roman Reigns. He is the single biggest box office attraction in WWE. He’s the biggest star on FOX and he’s only scratching the surface as to how far he can go in this new presentation.
Paul Hayman is never short of things to say and with arguably the hottest storyline going in wrestling today, I’m sure we are all interested to see where this goes
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(H/T Bodyslam for transcript)