Opinion: Why Paul Heyman needs to turn on Brock Lesnar
Paul Heyman: I never approached this role as the stereotypical So, if this were a docu-drama, my relationship with Brock Lesnar would be far. On His Relationship With Brock Lesnar: “Brock Lesnar and I, for how different we are, we have the same core values both personally and. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar's friendship stretches back to Lesnar's first Test him with the formalities of asking who's the best talker in pro wrestling and But we have a relationship and we kind of learn how to co-exist.".
Roles constantly have to be redefined in any form of entertainment. Look back at the gangster pics of the s and s and the way James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart would play the part.
And again in the s by Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins. And will continue to be redefined. You have to take it in a different direction. You have to expose the character to a different approach. I try to find ways to redefine the role and expand it into places it has never gone before.
Your role with each has been so different. How much do you think about which Paul Heyman you need to be for each distinct character?
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Almost like, if you were a real agent, your relationship with each client would be different. Any agent in real life does have different relationships with each and every one of his clients. So, if this were a docu-drama, my relationship with Brock Lesnar would be far different than my relationship with CM Punk. My off-camera friendship with Brock Lesnar has always been different than my off-camera friendship with CM Punk.
But I could not tell you that I am closer to either one of them or either one of them is closer to me. Like any compelling show on television, what works best in WWE is relationships.
Because off-camera relationships would be different, so should on camera ones. How did you come to be friends? You guys are as opposite as they come on the surface. What makes you friends? What brought you together as people? It's music," Heyman said. There's something very deeply personal about it as well. So once you tap into that you're hooked, and you seek that every time you dare open your mouth in a public forum.EXCLUSIVE! Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman Backstage at Madison Square Garden! FULL VIDEO!
As effortless as it looks when he delivers a promo, there's an obsessive journey unseen by the audience before the finished product, with Heyman stressing over every word, inflection and moment of the time afforded to him to sell a particular message.
The competitor within Heyman, the same guy who improbably built ECW into a revolutionary promotion in the late s, is still present within him, but he's largely competing with himself these days as he challenges himself to stay on such a high level. There are many different kinds of promos, and Heyman has delivered them all well. He can incite a crowd with his wit and delivery, or ad-lib off of their emotions like a great jazz player.
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At the end of the day, he says, nothing matters if his message doesn't lead to the company making money. Unlike most performers, Heyman is allowed to write his own scripts and "put together the salesmanship of it" after being told the mission of each promo. The reason he's afforded such freedom, he says, goes back to WWE chairman Vince McMahon's willingness to honor those who boldly "reach for the brass ring. Because when I come back through that curtain, if I haven't sold [McMahon] tickets or pay-per-views or merchandise or network subscriptions, it's not about reaching for the brass ring -- my balls are getting chopped off.
Now if you are, he'll let you do it. Or it's you reaching for the brass ring. Either way, it's a risk that you have to take. As he puts it, "You can't just let people go out there and do whatever the hell they want to do," saying it's a violation of WWE's responsibility to shareholders not to control everything that goes out under its brand. It's at least worth questioning, however, whether Heyman's gifts as a persuasive communicator would've been better served in a different field, with his same ability to challenge your core beliefs and turn them upside down often found in preachers, lawyers and politicians.
From the moment that the referee's hand hit the mat for the three-count in Brock Lesnar's victory over The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX, Heyman began formulating every aspect of the promo he was going to cut the following night on Raw.
He credits his time spent riding in the car or in the announcing booth alongside the likes of Freddie Blassie, Austin Idol, Dusty Rhodes and Jim Ross for helping him create the character he is today.
Heyman believes he has lived multiple careers within the same industry; the loudmouth Paul E. But he's steadfast in his unwillingness to compare his accomplishments or attempt to identify his contribution to the genre.
It's a mindset that has helped make his day job running his viral marketing agency Looking4Larry and his Heyman Hustle website so profitable. There's also the fact that Heyman says he rarely sleeps more than three to four hours per night and often churns out to hour workdays between pro wrestling and his business.
My job doesn't make me feel alive, my job makes me feel alive! I love what I do. I'm passionate about what I do. I live for what I do.