In a face-to-face interview with Ariel Helwani of BT Sport, Paul Heyman talked about the non-existent rivalry between Friday Night SmackDown and Monday Night RAW. Special Panel for Tribal Leader Roman Reigns spoke about why he believes SmackDown blew RAW out of the water. He also talked about not having a grudge against RAW for giving up his position as RAW Director in 2019.
“Oh, there is no competition. SmackDown beat RAW’s survival. RAW is clearly b-show, no more competition, we won,” Heyman said. “For me, it is [a feeling] because Roman Reigns was on SmackDown. I have no bitterness towards RAW, if RAW goes sour it hurts SmackDown it hurts WWE it hurts the stock and if the stock goes sour it hurts , that hurts me personally. I don’t want RAW to be bad. I wish RAW would do even better and provide stiffer competition with SmackDown because then if some story comes out on RAW that Roman Reigns can pull at the box office, we have a competitor. is different.
“The problem with Roman Reigns is not the limit of his greatness, his greatness is defined when every performance is given to the public. The problem with Roman Reigns is that we have a limited number of people that we can actually, work with, the ability that people will look at and say that’s Roman Reigns’ rival, that’s the guy that I want to see the Tribal Chief challenge. That’s why Brock Lesnar’s return is huge because we don’t have five other guys waiting on the wing who can automatically step up and be a reliable opponent for Roman Reigns.”
Heyman also talked about how WWE decided to do separate brands with both the RAW superstar and the SmackDown superstar and why he thinks splitting the roster is a smart idea. Former Brock supporter Lesnar said if you don’t have a roster split, Roman Reigns and a select few superstars will dominate the main events scene and leave no room for young talent to emerge.
“There’s not enough space for new talent to emerge if you’re going to have both shows dominated by the same personalities,” says Paul Heyman. “The issue is how much time does it take for a talent to resonate and capture an audience, and you have to identify that personality and learn about who this person is and why I should care about them, and why should I pay to see them. If you have both TV shows dominated by Roman Reigns and The Usos, Paul Heyman, The Bloodline, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Big E, Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair… now we have booked both programs. So when do young stars emerge? How do you get Humberto Carrillo in a good position, how do you get Angel Garza in a good position… How long will they have to stay at the top? You need these separate and separate entities to have three hours to fill in Monday, to have two hours to fill out Friday.
“If Roman Reigns is just dominating both shows, then you have to keep both storylines together so whoever Roman is working on RAW, the story continues on SmackDown. The top spot is locked, the top spot on SmackDown is not the top spot on RAW. Big E has his stuff on RAW with anyone who steps on Big E on RAW, and Roman Reigns has his stuff on SmackDown with Brock Lesnar or anyone else against Roman on SmackDown. Once you got that main event slot and assigned it to two, three people on both shows, your main event slot is now locked so how do you move forward? ”
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