“Let me ask you a question: what happened to the thank-yous and the appreciation? Through all the selfish executive decisions, through life-threatening illnesses, this man delivered. ... I’m gonna tell you this one time, so that you get it through your thick, unappreciative skulls. Ladies and gentlemen, my name... is Paul Heyman, and I serve as special counsel to the Tribal Chief, your razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns.”
I would have loved to see this intro in front of a live crowd, because Paul Heyman had represented Brock Lesnar for so long, fans knew every word and cadence of the spiel and would chant along with him. That would not have worked on Friday night. You see, Roman Reigns is not the only one who has changed; so has Paul Heyman. Gone is the bombastic stylings of old, to be replaced with a quiet intensity that matches Roman’s new demeanour. The Big Dog is focused in a way that we’ve never seen him before.
However, this shouldn’t be taken as a complete change of personality as seen when people are defeated by The Fiend. The first thing Roman said when he took the mic from Paul Heyman indicates that. “I’m a man of my word. I did exactly what I said I was gonna do at Payback. I signed the contract, I wrecked The Fiend, I wrecked The Monster and I left—as the Universal Heavyweight Champion.” Take note of the words he chose to lead off with: “I’m a man of my word.” He said this when facing Brock Lesnar, and he’s saying it now. He’s always said this; that hasn’t changed.
But it also means Jey Uso should pay particular attention to the other things his cousin said that night: “And at Clash of Champions, I don’t care who I face. Feed ‘em in and watch ‘em all get slaughtered, because this is my island! And when you have this kind of power... all you gotta do... is show up and win.”
The fact that these two are family does not mean that Roman is going to go easy on him—and why should he? To do so suggests a lack of faith in Jey to get things done. If anything, Roman pushed him harder. “I know your brother would win. Let’s see if you can get one on your own this time.” To give credit where due, Jey stepped up, won, and he’s not pulling any punches, either! “Hey Big Dog, I made the family proud, too! But guess what? For Roman Reigns, it’s lockdown!” Roman acknowledged the win, but looks like he’s still pushing. He clearly wants nothing short of Jey’s best. Their coming match should be very interesting, indeed.