Paul Heyman Arguably the greatest manager ever WWE History and associated with some of the biggest names in the industry.
In the NWA and WCW (where he managed a young Steve Austin and Mark Callaway), the loudmouth New Yorker rose to fame as the owner and head booker of ECW, where he helped shape the careers of Rey Mysterio, Eddie. Guerrero, Chris Jericho and of course Rob Van Dam.
Heyman joined WWE after ECW’s demise as a color commentator alongside Jim Ross in 2001, which featured a revived ECW in a year that featured the Invasion angle.
Following the end of that storyline and the return of Jerry “The King” Lawler, Heyman re-emerged as the manager/agent of the debut show on WWE TV. Brock Lesnar In March 2002. Over the next 20 years, he was a big part of multiple men’s successes – he managed six different WWE Champions.
He is now of course a “Special Adviser”. Roman DominionClever from The Bloodline, and accompanies him to wargames in the Survivor series.
The term “Paul Heyman Guy” has become a thing over the years, but who better to be associated with? GiveMeSport WWE takes you through the 10 best Paul Heyman personalities in history…
The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin) and Heidenreich were briefly mentioned, as they were briefly associated with Heyman but not as their men.
In 2012, Ryback was one of the most popular stars in WWE, thanks to his “Feed Me More” catchphrase and powerful squashes in the big time. Goldberg-lite if you will. His aura soon faded after being quickly pushed into WWE Title contention.
In an attempt to reheat the star, he turned heel and then teamed with Heyman against CM Punk, who had failed in his title bid months earlier. It didn’t work. When asked why he knew Ryback would never be a star, Heyman simply said “because he’s a schmuck.” Reprehensible.
9. Curtis Axel
After the success Heyman had with so many big names, he was considered a sure way to the top for any wrestler. Like Ryback, it was Mr. Tried with Perfect’s son Axel. Again, he was pushed too fast and too far, winning the Intercontinental title like his father.
Their partnership lasted only a few months before Axel was pushed back to the lower card. He is now a WWE producer and sometimes works with Heyman on Bloodline related stories.
After winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 30 (2014), Cesaro announced manager Zeb Colter as “Paul Heyman’s guy”. Like the two men above, their partnership was short and didn’t take off but for different reasons.
Heyman said their pairing was only set up to keep Heyman on TV to remind everyone that his real client Brock Lesnar ended Undertaker’s streak in the same ‘Mania’, and now Claudio Castagnoli has admitted. A missed opportunity like the Swiss Superman’s WWE career.
7. The Dudley Boys
D-Von and Bubba Ray worked under Heyman for several years in ECW, during which time they gained a reputation as one of the best tag teams in the world. They were paired during the Invasion angle but became more prominent in 2004 when the “brothers” helped their old boss in his feud with The Undertaker. During this time they won the WWE Tag Team Championships on SmackDown.
6. Kurt Angle
The Angle and Heyman saga began in 1996 when ECW bosses tried to recruit the Olympic gold medalist. The offer was declined after Angle saw the barbaric nature of extreme wrestling. Six years later, the two teamed after Angle defeated Heyman’s client The Big Show at Armageddon. He was later drafted to the relaunched ECW brand in 2006.
5. The Big Show
Show the guy that Heyman double-crossed his “boys” twice to help them win world titles. First, in 2002, he stripped Brock Lesnar of the WWE Championship at Survivor Series, aligning himself with the 500-pound giant. Four years later, he once again handed Rob Van Dam’s ECW belt on behalf of Big Show.
4. Dam of Rob van
Another wrestler who shares a long and storied history with Paul E is a star name in ECW. The two crossed paths again in 2006 when RVD was drafted into Heyman’s relaunched Extreme brand. Heyman counted the pinfall in Van Dam’s WWE title win over John Cena and then presented him with the ECW World title on the first episode of the new show. They soon double-crossed him.
3. CM Punk
Punk was the first person to coin the phrase “Paul Heyman Guy” and he certainly was one. Heyman was one of the few who believed in him during his early WWE career, and their off-screen relationship later turned on-screen in 2012.
Heyman helped Punk during his 434-day WWE Title reign and his subsequent feud with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29. Of course, he later turned on Punk at Money in the Bank in 2013, leading to a match between him and his former client. Brock Lesnar.
2. Roman Reigns
Reigns’ heel turn since his return at SummerSlam 2020 has changed both his career and the direction of WWE. This was helped greatly by his alliance with Heyman, who had previously battled him in Brock Lesnar’s corner.
His role as “special advisor” and “wise man” adds a lot to the presentation of Reigns and The Bloodline as a whole. Their now two-year partnership shows no signs of slowing down.
1. Brock Lesnar
While Reigns is doing remarkable things, he still has a long way to go before he can threaten Brock Lesnar, the definitive “Paul Heyman” guy. Lesnar, as mentioned, debuted with the legendary manager and has been associated with him ever since. They are synonymous with each other.
He was double-crossed by them twice, in 2002 and earlier this year, but the pair became one of the most iconic pairings in WWE history. Who can forget Heyman’s introductions of “the reigning, reigning, undisputed WWE Champion, BROOOOOCK LESNAAAAR”? It is certain that one day Heyman will induct his most famous client into the WWE Hall of Fame.