He had conditions. Roman Reigns has been on another level since his return to WWE television last year. After missing several months due to Coronavirus concerns, Reigns won the Universal Title at Payback in August 2020 and has not looked back since. Reigns is the top star in WWE and has been for a long time now, but there was something that made him come back to the company.

Reigns was recently a guest on the Sports Illustrated Media podcast where he discussed the process that brought him back to WWE. Before he returned to WWE television, Reigns told WWE that he wanted to work with both Michael Hayes and Paul Heyman. Reigns cited the two of them as critical in his development in WWE, with Hayes having helped Reigns in his time with the Shield and even before he came to the company. While Reigns felt that he could do what he is doing now without Heyman, he still wanted Heyman there.

It has worked out pretty well. Check out Reigns and Heyman’s time together in WWE:

Roman Reigns turns to Paul Heyman ahead of WWE Payback: SmackDown, August 28, 2020

Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman explain their relationship: SmackDown, September 4, 2020

Paul Heyman never doubts Roman Reigns: WWE Network Exclusive, May 16, 2021

Opinion: There is something interesting about seeing what kinds of things it took to get Reigns this far. Reigns is one of the best things to be seen in WWE in recent years and it says a lot to see Reigns credit these two as such big parts of what he is doing. It is a formula that has worked out better than expected and Reigns is showing the talent that WWE has seen in him for so long. If nothing else, it shows you what coaching can do for anyone.

How Would Reigns Do Without Heyman? How Long Will Reigns Be Universal Champion? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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