Paul Heyman On Managing The Undertaker

‘The Biggest Mouth In Wrestling’ Paul Heyman was recently interviewed by The Ringer where the Beast’s advocate talked about a number of topics related to his career in Pro Wrestling. Below are some of the highlights of his interview:

Staying relevant in the Pro wrestling industry:

“Tell me somebody who was in the NWA who was relevant then and relevant now. Sting’s not. Lex Luger’s not. It’s Ric Flair and Paul Heyman. Tell me someone from that entire era who is relevant today. Vince McMahon. Jerry Lawler. And of all those people that I’ve named, how many of them are in a prominent position on television today? The only one is me. So, how? The manner in which you were treated behind the scenes did not promote longevity. You were going to be used up and spit out. And here I am as the advocate of the number-one attraction, the highest-paid commodity, the top champion on the flagship show in the company that owns 99 percent of the market share. Obviously whatever I was doing back then, that people perceived as career suicide, gave me the ability to survive long enough to have a longevity that no one else enjoys.”

Being the number one believer in Extreme Championship Wrestling:

“I never looked at ECW as wrestling. I always considered it more of a theology. I don’t know whether I had or didn’t have a messianic complex during that time. But I bought into the movement as much as, if not more than, anybody else. If I sold anyone on the religion of extreme, I was its number-one customer.”

Working with anyone else aside from Brock Lesnar in WWE:

“As long as Brock is in WWE. I don’t think it makes sense to work with someone else.”

Managing The Undertaker before he took over the Dead Man persona in 1990:

“[He was] shockingly mature for someone so new to the industry.”