Heyman Talks Punk, Lesnar, ECW, His Current Run with WWE, More

– Paul Heyman joined Dave Lagreca and Doug Mortman on Busted Open to promote WrestleMania 29. Here are some highlights from the interview:



What brought him back to WWE:
“Well, Brock Lesnar made the decision to go back to WWE and once he got back in I guess he realized that it’s the same boat that it was 10 years ago with all the politics and everything. If you’re going to get involved with a whole bunch of politics obviously you need your New York Jew along with you. It was a matter of Brock going back and then it was just a natural fit for me to go back with him. Once I was in there, the first person that obviously I let know I was coming back was CM Punk, who is the person that I was fighting with Vince McMahon over back in 2006 when I decided to leave. So it became a natural fit for us to get back together as well and it just took off from there.”

The differences between working with CM Punk and working with Brock Lesnar:
“It’s two totally different relationships. My job with CM Punk differs dramatically from my job with Brock Lesnar. It’s very easy for me to talk about Brock Lesnar because I am Brock Lesnar’s biggest fan, and how could I not be? The man is legitimately the only person in history to hold the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Championship, the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship and the Undisputed WWE Heavyweight Championship. I could talk about him all day long; I am such an admirer of his talents and his greatness and I think the world of him as a human being. As far as CM Punk goes, to be very honest with you, we’ve never defined my role with him on television; I don’t refer to him as my client because we’re just friends. We are best friends and we wanted to work together on television. We wanted to work together in front of everybody and so we just did it. I’m there for whatever he needs me to be; whether that’s as a confidant or a strategist or be ring side with him when he’s wrestling or just hang out with him in the ring and admire him from a close distance when he’s actually speaking, because I think he’s a better talker than I am. I think CM Punk does the best interviews in the industry, and I’m actually learning from him when I’m standing that close.”

State of pro wrestling:
“I’m happy with my position within the state of pro wrestling. It’s a very interesting weekend to ask me that question, because we’re sitting here, 48 hours outside of a show that’s going to generate $100 million in revenue, so it’s kind of hard for me to knock the state of pro wrestling. I grew up in the territorial days where if MSG sold out, the territory was doing fine. So, to see here on radio row with 24 interviews to do and satellite TV down the hallway and $100 million in revenue being generated by one show, if I knock the state of pro wrestling today then I’m just an unappreciative prick. When I was a kid they didn’t generate $100 million in one show, let alone on the weekend where they’ve got the Hall of Fame as well, they’ve got Monday Night Raw which is sold out, so how do I knock it? So anything that I don’t like about it I should just shut the F up because I’m going to come off like an idiot. No matter what the answer is, they drew $100 million in one day. Ok, doing better than I am.”

Brock Lesnar:
“Brock Lesnar hates human beings. Period. That’s it. Doesn’t like people. He lives on a compound in what I like to call Texas Chainsaw Massacre Minnesota. You cannot find his address on a GPS. He lives off two dirt roads and it’s a compound. His mail is delivered to his attorney’s office in Minneapolis, they sort through it and then when they see him they hand him the rest of his mail. That’s it. He does not like people and he wants to be left alone and that’s what drives him. That’s what makes him Brock Lesnar. There’s a lot to be afraid of with Brock Lesnar. He’s a violent man living in a violent society and it’s a society that couldn’t handle him if he decided to conquer it.”

ECW getting respect:
“It’s something I don’t even think about and here’s why; do I think that ECW is getting the credit that it deserves from the audience that saw it and lived it? I don’t think you can ever take that credit away. For people who didn’t experience, it’s kind of hard to explain it to them and it will never get the credit that it deserves from within the corporate structure of WWE. I don’t anticipate that it would. It’s like dreaming of being an astronaut once you’re past 20 years old; aint gonna happen for you. If you’re not dedicating your life to it, it just aint going to happen. I could have campaigns out there to get ECW recognized and respected within WWE; it’s just not going to happen. Its fait accompli as far as that’s concerned. So I don’t really worry about it. The people that lived it, the people that experienced it, the people that watched it, my god, they love it to this day and it gets the respect that it deserves from those.”

His current run with WWE:
“Career highlight. Absolute career highlight. I am working with my two best friends in the world. We are in two of the three main events of the largest Wrestlemania in my home market, New York. The stadiums in New Jersey but the market is New York. To be in two of the three main events at Wrestlemania is a pretty big deal. To do it with my two best friends on our own terms, this is an absolute fantasy come true.”

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