Roman Reigns has achieved the number one spot WWE has always hoped for and his growth is not lost on the legendary Undertaker.
The Deadman moved away from professional wrestling after 30 years with WWE at Survivor Series last year.
That same night, Roman Reigns faced his own cousin, Jey Uso, with his universal title on the line.
“I’m so proud of where it is,” says Mark Calaway, the man behind The Undertaker. “The night of the Survivor series [in November], I went to Roman and Jey and said, “This is the most compelling story we’ve done in a while.”
“And where he could have taken it, it’s so good. It is not forced. Roman hits on all cylinders.
“Obviously, Paul Heyman is the perfect spokesperson,” says Calaway. “He’s there when it’s needed, and he adds so much. They work so well together.
Undertaker has a rich history of working with Paul Heyman during the WCW era and more against him over the years in WWE.
Undertaker and Reigns worked on a major program in 2017 that culminated in a match at WrestleMania 33.
The Deadman has been very open about his belief that the game did not live up to his expectations and he regrets that he cannot do more for Reigns.
Now, with Reigns as the tribal leader, ‘Taker thinks they could have done something special.
“I think it’s a big heel – cold, calculated,” says Calaway. “There’s a compelling backstory and you always feel the tension when Roman appears. Like I said, I’m really proud of him.
“I would like to have gasoline in the tank to work on a program with him now. It would definitely be something special.
Sadly, those days are over for The Undertaker. Now 56 years old and with an entire catalog of injuries under his belt over the years, The Phenom is retired and he plans to stay that way.
His last match was against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36. Conversely, Reigns is at the peak of his career at 36 and he is set to make SummerSlam headlines this year with John Cena.