Paul Heyman says The Bloodline storyline is in the “bottom of the third” and “we haven’t even hit our stride yet”

As seen during the 2023 WWE Summerslam PLE, Jimmy Uso betrayed his brother Jey to help Roman Reigns retain the undisputed WWE Universal title. While speaking to media at the post-show press conference, Paul Heyman commented on the ongoing Bloodline storyline…

“Bottom of the third. We’re just figuring this stuff out. We haven’t even hit our stride yet. If you want to take the arrogant approach, I’m sure Paul Levesque will tell you all the box office records that have been smashed. Every Friday night when we show up at SmackDown, we’re always told, ‘this is the largest gate of this and the largest gate of that.’ ‘This is the largest premium live event.’ ‘This is the largest WrestleMania.’ Okay, we can sit there and point to what clearly drove all this, and it’s the Bloodline, and when I say the Bloodline, I mean the Tribal Chief Roman Reigns. We’re just figuring this out. There is so much more to learn. There is so much more for us to grasp. There is so much more for us to master. It’s a craft, and it’s an evolving craft. It’s an ever-evolving form of entertainment, and if you sit there and you think, ‘we got this, this is it, we’re cruising to WrestleMania,’ we’re going to be replaced, and we should be. If you don’t come at this with the greatest ambitions to be much better tomorrow than you are today and much better two days from now, then you’re not here to be the greatest of all time. That’s what Roman Reigns wants to be and is determined to be. That’s the only reason why I agreed to have life after Lesnar. How could I have ever topped the run I had with Lesnar? Roman Reigns because he’s that ambitious because he wants it that badly. What inning are we in? Bottom of the third. Wait until you see what we have in the fourth.”

“We’ve been doing this for three years and not once have I heard a credible person say, it’s dragging on. It doesn’t drag on. We continue to layer and peel back layers and reveal more about each persona, and just when you think you have the persona figured out, there is something new to learn about that person and their dynamic within the other people in the group and sometimes it involves people outside the group, like Sami Zayn. What will I do when the Bloodline disbands? I don’t know, I’ll probably be celebrating my 120th birthday by then.” (quotes courtesy of Jeremy Lambert and