WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns has been booked to be a very strong competitor since turning heel last year. His significant change in character has won the admiration of fans and Superstars alike and it continues to grow. The changes included his ring gear, mannerisms, in-ring skills and more.
On last week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown, Roman Reigns debuted a new entrance theme, which many fans felt reflected his change in character. While speaking to Complex, Paul Heyman explained why Reigns changing his entrance theme was him stepping away from the Shield.
“It was the final step away from The Shield. That’s what it was. One of the things that Roman Reigns and I spoke about, with all final decisions being Roman Reigns’. I am Special Counsel to the Tribal Chief, and that’s not just a public persona on television. Behind the scenes, I’m Special Counsel to the Tribal Chief. And one of the many things that we were both desirous of, A. Change the mannerisms. B. Change the presentation. C. Change the hairstyle. D. Change the look.
“He took off the vest, and rightfully so. He changed the music. It was time to change the music. That was The Shield’s theme. Now it’s evolved. Now it’s Roman Reigns’ theme. Now it has nothing to do with The Shield or the members of The Shield. It has evolved. It’s better. We’re not resting on what it was. We are invoking the future. We’re not reminding you of the past. With respect to the past, we’re bringing it forward.”
Roman Reigns is currently engaged in a feud with Cesaro, who became the #1 Contender for his WWE Universal Championship on this week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown. We will have to see if Reigns will be able to retain his title or not.
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