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Paul Heyman on Criticism Over Lesnar Winning the WWE Title, Initial Reaction to DVD Idea

– Paul Heyman recently spoke with Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald to promote his new WWE DVD. Below are a few highlights:

Fans who say Brock Lesnar shouldn’t win the WWE World Heavyweight Title because he’s a part-timer:
“I don’t know if any of those critics of privy to an agreement Brock Lesnar may or may not have with WWE. So I don’t understand how anybody can credibly say this is what Brock Lesnar’s schedule is going to be when he becomes the WWE champion. Second, I think the WWE championship is the defended too often and lost some of the prestige because of the beast of monthly pay-per-views. The champion having to defend on every single pay-per-view, let alone at every single arena, has taken away from the special event that is when a champion defends the title.”

“Here is the best example I can give you. Why don’t we just do 12 WrestleMania events a year? I mean it’s the brand name in pay-per-view. You know people understand that WrestleMania means it’s something special and unique and doesn’t happen all the time. It’s can’t miss. Well, you can’t do 12 WrestleMania events a year because then you water-down WrestleMania, and it won’t mean as much on the rare occasion you present the brand name WrestleMania.”

“It’s the same with Brock Lesnar. If you present Brock Lesnar 52 weeks a year and you have Brock Lesnar defend the title 12 times a year, you’re losing money. You’re not making money because you are watering down the unique opportunity that the audience can have to see an once-in-a-lifetime athlete on the rare occasion that he dons the tights and laces up the boots and goes into the ring to beat people within an inch of their lives.”

“Plus, here is one more thing to consider. If Brock Lesnar were to work a full-time schedule he would wipe out the roster at once. There would be nobody left for him to fight. So how can people be clamoring for Brock Lesnar to be work a full-time schedule? Then you’ll have three hours of Brock and Paul Heyman sitting alone in a ring talking to each other because there would be nobody left for Brock Lesnar to conquer.”

His reaction when WWE approached him about doing a DVD:
“I was not happy about it. I had no idea what take WWE was going to have on a look back on what I’ve done so far. You never know the story that they want to tell. It’s a deeply personal issue to me because it’s me. I wasn’t sure what direction it was going to take. So being a control freak that had no control over, the creative content involved, I was apprehensive to say the very least. Plus, it puts me in a position where I have to talk about stuff from 20, 30 years ago, and I hate spending time looking back.”


    Pretty good points but all u said about uFC is rendered false because of Brock Lesnar lost his 1st fight to Frank mir then won the rematch next fight he was champion and only let go of the belt because he got sick. No one has ever gone to the u FC in history of the company and won the title their 3rd fight let alone 9 months in. U FC is all about the draw of the fighters now. And yes the WWE changed but u cnt say we won’t ever see that type caliber match every ironmatch ever wrestled in the last 30 years was awesome. No one wants to see John Cena for an hour. And he’s losing his flare to Daniel Bryan and Daniel Bryan to Roman reigns if WWE doesn’t decide to just all of a sudden stop his push like they did ryback. U say scsa was a brawler and he changed the company back in the 60sand 70s just about 70% of wrestlers were brawlers scsa was classic.

  • TheFizPop

    You say win, i say earn. Pro-wrestling has longgg since been about who can sell out arenas, who shifts merch, who can toe the company line, not actual ability for years now. I mean i love SCTA, but he was a brawler, but he shifted history making merch so was top guy. D Bry and Hart to name just two, awesome technical skills, but wasted on much of the ignorant audience who just want spot monkeys and blood. I dont know if its ADD audience or just generation change, but we never going to see a HbK, Hart iron man again.

    UFC you can’t just phone it in and win, unless you’re that damn untouchable, you’ll lose and proberly never even make it to UFC. Even though yes people would pay to see their hated performer or sports franchise lose, you still need to win from your own skill. WWE is a pantomime now and should be looked as such, when you do its kinda fun to watch


    Confused by your comment dnt win anything? U cnt just jump into a WWE ring and perform u have train hard everyday get in that ring and be able to safely perform ur maneuvers so that no knees gets seriously hurt or die because tomorrow u have to wake up and do the same thing again . Look at hulk Hogan 12 back surgeries in his life babe a u FC fighter that has had 12 surgeries on the same part of their anatomy let alone 12 period

  • TheFizPop

    But you don’t win anything in wwe, thats the issue, UFC and such you train hard to win or get your a*s kicked, fight or flight, wwe its just go out there and perform. I mean can you imagine how lengthy cenas reigns would be if i was defended less?! That would give the title even less credibility