Paul Heyman is known to be one of the best managers in wrestling history. He has introduced and managed wrestlers who have become great ambassadors of professional wrestling and are very popular among fans. This generation of wrestling fans know him best for his work as a heel manager for wrestlers like Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and CM Punk.
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Heyman’s early life
Heyman was born in New York on 11 September, 1965. he belonged from a Jewish background. His mother was a Holocaust survivor. He attended Westchester Community College and the SUNY Purchase, the latter of which was a college for liberal arts.
Career in the wrestling industry
Paul Heyman started his career in wrestling at a very young age. He worked in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in his early career as a booker from 1988 to 1993. Heyman also managed “Stunning” Steve Austin during the early 1990s in WCW. He was the brains behind the creation of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) which was prominent between 1993 to 2001. the ECW created superstars like Mick Foley, Rob Van Dam and Tommy Dreamer just to name a few.
Initial run in WWE (2001-2004)
Heyman went bankrupt after the closure of ECW in 2001 and joined WWE the same year. He was given the immediate responsibility of being the main writer and commentator in WWE. Heyman excelled in both positions. He was appointed as the manager of Brock Lesnar for a couple of years. During 2003 and 2004, Heyman served as the General Manager of Smackdown.
Paul Heyman was put in charge of the revamped version of ECW by the WWE. It resulted in ECW having one of the most popular pay-per-views in the 2000s – ECW One Night Stand.
Current WWE career (2012-present)
Paul Heyman’s second WWE debut was probably the best run for any manager so far in the company’s history. In 2012, he became the manager for the “Best in the World” CM Punk when he was the WWE Champion. CM Punk would be at his peak popularity in WWE during this period of his career.
He eventually betrayed Punk and began managing Brock Lesnar as his kayfabe “Advocate”, and hyped him up so well that the “Beast” felt like a bigger deal than he actually was. As Brock Lesnar did what Heyman said he would do, Paul became the most believable manager in the WWE. Heyman also managed Cesaro and Curtis Axel for a brief period of time. A brilliant storyteller, Paul was also made the Executive Director of Raw. The show got better because of him but after a few months he was reverted back as Brock Lesnar’s “Advocate”. While Lesnar took a break from WWE in 2020, Paul Heyman joined Roman Reigns as his “Special Counsel”. This pairing has had the greatest impact as both are elite level performers and they work well together, showing Paul Heyman’s importance in WWE even after all these years.
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