Roman Reigns faced Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 39, it was believed by fans that Cody would end Roman Reigns’ title reign, but Cody wasn’t able to accomplish it. Fans expressed their disappointments in social media sites.
Paul Heyman was recently interviewed by Ariel Helwani of BT Sport, where he commented on fans disappointment over Cody’s loss, and possibility of rematch between Cody and Roman Reigns,
Heyman on fans disappointments
I like the fact that everyone walks in now thinking this is the last title defense. I experienced this before, it was something I had a hand in ending, which was the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Every year, you sat there, ‘Oh, this is it.’ During the match, the audience is anticipating and salivating for it, this to be the moment that they get to witness the historical three count on the Undertaker to which the streak would end. Then, when Undertaker would defend the streak, they would say, ‘I don’t want to see this end, I can’t wait until the next chapter.’ Then, it finally ended, and the audience was shocked. They thought they would see it, they thought they would see it, them didn’t.
“It’s the same thing with Roman Reigns’ title defenses now. You hope this is the one, you think this is the one, you’re sure this is the one. You watch the match happening, you know this is the one. Then it turns out to not be the one. ‘Man, I can’t wait to see the next chapter.’ The response [at WrestleMania 39] to Cody Rhodes, which was louder than the response last week, which was a response more passionate, which was the response of an audience that believes in Cody Rhodes this week more than they did last week when they hung their hopes and dreams on him. He didn’t disappoint them. We disappointed them. We took that away from Cody Rhodes. Roman Reigns took that away from Cody Rhodes and the audience. They blame Roman Reigns for it and they appreciate how close Cody came and they know the next time Cody steps in the ring with Roman Reigns, ‘this will be the one.’ That’s the business. That’s the business at its very best. That’s promotion at its very best. That’s storytelling at its very best. That’s what you want. You want the challenger to come out a bigger star than he would have been if he won because then, where do you go from there? What’s the story to tell? Now, you know the story. It’s Cody’s redemption. It’s coming back from what was just taken from him. From the defeat he just suffered that he didn’t deserve to have inflicted upon him.”
Heyman on possibility of rematch between Cody and Roman Reigns
“Whichever is the biggest box office. If the biggest box office dictates, ‘let’s get to it right now, this moment.’ We already sold out the Crypto Arena (for Raw), so that’s not the biggest box office. If it would dictate to do it at the next Premium Live Event, okay. Do it in London, okay. Cowboy Stadium again, okay. You go for the biggest box office. It’s a business. When will people be at their peak of the desire to see Cody challenge again for the championship to such a degree that they’re willing to pay the most money to see it happen?”