Paul Heyman is set to return to WWE TV soon, last seen alongside Brock Lesnar who was feuding with the then polarizing Roman Reigns. Heyman spoke about the unique response Reigns experienced, and said steps could have been taken to prevent that. He appeared on Chael Sonnen's You're Welcome! to elaborate.
"I think what happened to Roman is that he's the right guy in the right place at the wrong time," explained Heyman. "Roman came in and had all this momentum behind him. Had they not announced Daniel Bryan's return at the Royal Rumble and put it in people's heads that Daniel Bryan would make this miraculous comeback two years in a row, then I think Roman Reigns would have been the person everyone would look to win the Royal Rumble."
Heyman went on to say that Bryan is an automatic underdog, and that portrayed Reigns as the next John Cena, that fans perceive as being pushed down their throats. This is the reason Reigns got the mixed reactions, according to Heyman.
"The most hardcore and die hard of the audience will be so loud that everyone else will be like 'what are you talking about?' and it becomes a conversation piece. 'They're going to put this guy in the main event of WrestleMania when this guy is available? Screw that.' Putting Daniel Bryan in the Royal Rumble when the focus should have been on Roman Reigns, it took fandom away from Roman and he became the guy standing in Daniel Bryan's way. I don't think Roman's missing anything. He went from a time when he was the hero to a guy that everyone resented," Heyman said.
Heyman goes on to speak about several other topics with Sonnen, which you can listen to at this link.