It is not a stretch to say Paul Heyman built ECW from the ground up and was the creative genius behind its success back in the 90s, when it was presented as an alternative to WWE and WCW.
Earlier this week, radio personality Craig Carton mentioned on Carton and Roberts show that he was initially going to play the role of the “Joey Styles” character and also work as the announcer for ECW.
“I was once offered a job in wrestling when I worked in Philly. I don’t even know the name of the company. It was in the mid 90s. I was going to be Joey Styles.”
“I was on the WIP Radio in Philadelphia, someone came to me from ECW and said, ‘we’d love you to be our ringside announcer, and you’re gonna go by the name Joey Styles.’ My schedule didn’t allow it or something. I don’t remember being against it, because I wasn’t making much money. I don’t remember why I didn’t take up the job. But I was going to be Joey Styles, I’ll never forget the name because it was such a cool name.”
Paul Heyman decided to refute the claims made by Carton and noted that it was ‘bullsh**’
“Sorry, @craigcartonlive. I’m calling bullshit on this one. #JoeBonsignore was @JoeyStyles even before I hired him in 1993. In ’94, we needed a replacement that summer. There were a few considerations. None of them were to be named #JoeyStyles. #ECW @EvanRobertsWFAN
In '94, we needed a replacement that summer.
There were a few considerations.
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) February 25, 2021