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Paul Heyman discusses Raw Minneapolis segment and his candid thoughts

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Paul Heyman recently spoke to Brian Fritz of Sporting News and discussed the recent Raw from Minneapolis in which he, Lesnar and the company failed to have the crowd turn against them and cheer for Survivor Series rival, Goldberg.

Fritz: What would you have done differently?
Heyman: I would not have accepted the booking for Minneapolis.

Fritz: Anything else?
Heyman: I would not have let Brock Lesnar appear in Minneapolis.

After the failing of the segment, Heyman also took full responsibility of how it went down:

I’ll take full blame for it. I’ll tell you why. If I am, as people claim that I am, the best or one of the best or one of the greatest fill in the adjective of all time in terms of someone who can deliver a promo, and if I can go out in Chicago, right before WrestleMania, when CM Punk had just walked out and the 18,000 people in Chicago were hellbent and driven on hijacking that show — I opened the show coming out to Punk’s music, sit down in his pose, never raise my voice, shut them up, lure them in, get them to buy that I’m on their side, double cross them and sell them on Brock Lesnar versus Undertaker and shut down the CM Punk chant all without ever raising my voice — then I’m surely talented enough to go into Minneapolis and manipulate the crowd to say or do anything I want them to say or do.

That’s my job. I am supposed to take an impossible situation and make it look easy. And if I am as good as people say that I am, and I dare suggest I’m better than that, then Minneapolis would have been just another story to add to the story of Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Ultimately, I failed in my task and I own up to my failures like a man and I accept them and I move forward. Lesson learned. If I’m faced with a similar situation again, I know what I would do differently but I’m surely not going to reveal it to the public because then they’ll know how I’m going to handle it.

What are your thoughts on Heyman’s comments, guys?

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I have to disagree. I really dont think, that Lesnar has effectd any of those metrics, recently. And Cena does, tons and tons, for the WWE outside of the ring. And when wss the last time, Brock actually wrestled? The last 2-3 matches, have all been squash matches. With his schedule, Lesnar isnt benefiting, the WWE at all

  • D2K

    There is a big difference to being totally oblivious to the fact that Lesnar would get over in his “hometown” and Goldberg would attract heat because he is facing him, than a deliberate troll-job WWE did in Chicago with the CM Punk situation. Paul Heyman already knew what he was going to say. He didn’t have to make it up on the fly or improvise. It was a structured and planned segment and it worked. it very easily could NOT have worked. So let’s not go overboard with the credit there.

    Not one portion of that was Paul Heyman’s fault, but being the businessman he is he was not going to lay the blame where it belonged ala Vince McMahon. Paul Heyman ever the politician. Can convince grown men and women to run through a brick wall for 5 bucks.

  • MindTricked

    Heyman is the best there is at what he does. Minn. was a failure, and he’s learned from the experience. That kind of thing won’t happen again.

  • MrDr3w

    PPV sales, Network sales, merch sales, RAW ratings, cross-promotional stuff with UFC… If Cena can earn Vinnie Mac close to a BILLION dollars a year, Lesnar is definitely worth five million.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Brock Lesnar has it made lol. Wrestles a couple times a year, never has to do PR work (and when he does, he’s a total douche) and he never has to touch a microphone in the ring lol. I don’t feel that the WWE, is getting $5 million out of him lol