Manipulative, Untrustworthy, and Aggressive are words that could be used to describe one of the greatest managers in the history of professional wrestling. While these may be negative traits, the words, Genuine, Mastermind, Survivor, and Friend also could be used to describe Paul Heyman. Heyman began his career in the professional wrestling business as a photographer. He discovered that the owner of World Wide Wrestling Federation, Vince McMahon Sr. always took his close friends to a local steakhouse. At 14 years old, he took that information and used it to get his first press pass into Madison Square Garden. This was Heyman’s first "hustle." Heyman used this same hustle while operating Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Although ECW revolutionized the business, it would not last forever. The company shut down in 2001 and Heyman joined WWE as a color commentator, General Manager, and now an "Advocate." Paul Heyman managed in different territories, before ultimately finding a home at Jim Crockett Promotions. There he managed one of the greatest stables in history, the Dangerous Alliance (Rick Rude, Steve Austin. Larry Zbyszko, Madusa, Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton).
After he joined WWE in 2001, Heyman joined Shane and Stephanie McMahon to be apart of the WCW/ECW Alliance. However, Heyman’s greatest acquisition came in 2002, when he introduced the world to the Next Big Thing, Brock Lesnar the night after WrestleMania X8. While Lesnar was a Superstar, Heyman with his gift of gab, helped propel him to the main event in less than a year. He is proof that having the right manager can make a Superstar who looks like a million bucks actually fill the seats. Here are the top 15 Superstars today that would benefit most by being paired with Paul Heyman.
15 15. David Otunga
14 14. Hideo Itami
When Hideo Itami came to the WWE, he received a huge contract and was introduced by none other than the immortal Hulk Hogan. Itami earned a spot in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31 but was soon sidelined due to shoulder a injury.
13 13. Jason Jordan
Prior to teaming with Chad Gable, Jason Jordan's previous tag team partner was Tye Dillinger. Jordan decided to leave Dillinger after consistently losing. Gable later saw Jordan and kept trying to convince him they needed to be a team. Eventually Jordan gave in and the two went on to gain success as a tag team. Many would ask why would Jason Jordan need Paul Heyman if he and Chad Gable are finding success. The truth is, whenever fans look at a makeshift tag team, they will notice that there is always a Marty Jannety and a Shawn Michaels.
12 12. Jack Swagger
Many ask the question, how is Jack Swagger still on the WWE payroll? The answer is simple, he can work. Swagger is a former World Heavyweight Champion, and if he did not get in trouble with the law heading into WrestleMania XXIX, rumors are he was set to win the title. After he was arrested for DUI the plans were scratched.
11 11. R-Truth
10 10. Damien Sandow
9 9. Cody Rhodes
8 8. Titus O’Neil
When Titus O’Neil and Darren Young split the first time, O’Neil showed his ability to be a good heel. He was not the cool heel, instead he was someone fans wanted to see get booed. He and Young would reunite when the Tag Team division started gaining momentum and they captured the gold. Now they find themselves apart again without explanation as O'Neil is another singles competitor on the main roster without much direction.
7 7. Wade Barrett
6 6. Baron Corbin
5 5. Cesaro
4 4. Curtis Axel
3 3. Dolph Ziggler
2 2. Alex Riley
1 1. Roman Reigns
When Roman Reigns was set to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31, Paul Heyman delivered some of the best promos leading to the match. In a match that featured two powerhouses who were not the best on the microphone, Heyman had fans believing they were set to watch George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali. The way that Heyman put Roman Reigns over with his words made fans believe that there was a possibility of a WrestleMania double cross. Although it did not happen, one could only imagine how good Roman Reigns could be if he had Paul Heyman speaking on his behalf.
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