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Roman Reigns has ascended to the top spot WWE always hoped for and his growth is not lost on the legendary Undertaker.
The Deadman walked away from professional wrestling after 30 years with WWE at Survivor Series last year.
The same night, Roman Reigns took on his own cousin, Jey Uso, with his Universal title on the line.
“I’m so proud of where he is,” says Mark Calaway, the man behind The Undertaker. “The night of Survivor Series [in November], I went up to Roman and Jey and said, ‘This is the most compelling story that we’ve done in a while.’
“And where he’s been able to take it, it’s so good. It’s not forced. Roman is hitting on all cylinders.
“Obviously, Paul Heyman is the perfect mouthpiece,” Calaway says. “He’s there whenever it’s needed, and he adds so much. They work so well together.”
Undertaker has a rich history working with Paul Heyman way back in his WCW days and more so against him down the years in WWE.
Undertaker and Reigns did work a major program back in 2017 that culminated in a match at WrestleMania 33.
The Deadman has been very open about his belief the match didn’t live up to his expectations and he regrets not being able to do more for Reigns.
Now, with Reigns as the Tribal Chief, ‘Taker thinks they could have done something special.
“I think he’s a great heel—coldhearted, calculated,” Calaway says. “There is a compelling backstory and you still feel the tension when Roman appears. Like I said, I’m really proud of him.
“I wish I had the gas in the tank to work a program with him now. It would definitely be something special.”
Sadly, those days are gone for The Undertaker. Now 56 and with a whole catalogue of injuries to his name down the years, The Phenom is retired and he plans to stay that way.
His final match came against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36. Conversely, Reigns is in the prime of his career at 36 years old and he is expected to headline SummerSlam this year with John Cena.