As noted, Paul Heyman spoke with ESPN to promote Brock Lesnar’s UFC 200 return and WWE 2K17 cover. Below are more highlights:
As far as new talent coming into WWE, who would you like to see Lesnar compete against?
“Obviously, whoever holds the WWE world heavyweight championship. Once you get past that, just look at the NXT roster and you’ll see guys like Samoa Joe and [Finn] Balor and all this talent that is coming up and about to break into the main roster. I would love to see these guys. I would love to see modern-day Brock Lesnar against modern-day Randy Orton. And I still don’t think the public is tired of seeing Lesnar against John Cena.”
Which NXT talent do you believe is destined for big things on the main roster?
“I think Balor is ready to be a main event superstar. I think Samoa Joe has always been a main event superstar. That NXT roster is filled with A-listers who are ready to move up and make a significant impact on both Raw and SmackDown. You seriously take a look and you realize how well positioned WWE is for this draft because there is so much talent in NXT. To go even further, NXT is practically guaranteed to lose not only its top tier, but particularly its top 1-A tier in this draft (or six months after the draft). Yet nobody in NXT is sweating this because the depth is so deep with A-level talent right now.”
Given Roman Reigns’ recent suspension for violating the WWE’s wellness policy, what is some advice that you would give him?
“I don’t know any better advice I can give someone than to say I make no excuses and I own this. That’s called accountability and it’s the same thing I teach my children. The man took accountability for his actions.”