Paul Heyman is a generational talent.
Now, I realize that isn’t the most controversial take, nor is it particularly contentious. But sometimes the truth isn’t controversial; and sometimes people don’t truly appreciate reality until it’s said out loud. So, if only to drive the point home, once more: Paul Heyman is a generational talent.
Over a career spanning 25 years, Heyman built a promotion from the ground up, brought it from anonymity to cultural relevance, watched it disintegrate, established himself as a terrific color commentator and solidified multiple wrestlers as bona fide main eventers. Hell, he did all this while making a ponytail look like an acceptable life choice. HE MADE ROLLERBALL LOOK EXCITING!!
As gifted an orator as we’ve ever seen in the ‘squared circle,’ Heyman’s talents have perhaps been most apparent in his role as advocate for current WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. Consider what Lesnar was before Heyman christened him the ‘Beast Incarnate;’ before he was labelled the ‘Next Big Thing.’ An able amateur wrestler? No doubt. A man who looks like the medium-sized Russian doll that fits between Jason Statham and the Incredible Hulk? I agree. But hulking brutes with limited charisma are WWE’s bread and butter. Bobby Lashley, Ezekiel Jackson, Lex Luger – all constructed from iron girders and the excess testosterone that leaked out of Hulk Hogan in the 80’s; yet none of them had WWE careers that could be considered stellar.
Paul Heyman gave Brock Lesnar the tools to succeed. His unique promo style made Lesnar a must-see attraction and molded him into the brutish monstrosity that has transcended wrestling. But with Lesnar and Heyman seemingly headed for splits-ville (the belief being that the former could be leaving to re-join the UFC as early as this month’s SummerSlam), the question on most people’s minds is: “where does that leave Paul Heyman?”
Never short of clients who would receive a boost from his services, I’ve compiled a list of the four wrestlers whom I think would most benefit from a union with Paul Heyman. Perhaps they’re an ailing veteran searching for a career refresh, a young up-and-comer who could use a bump up the card or an established talent in need of a gifted mouthpiece, all of the names that follow would immediately be upgraded by finding an able advocate. A generational talent.
Let’s get started.