47 Facts About Paul Heyman

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Paul Heyman was born on September 11, 1965 and is an American professional wrestling manager, former promoter, photographer, and executive.

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Paul Heyman is currently signed to WWE, appearing on the SmackDown brand as Special Counsel for Roman Reigns.

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Paul Heyman is the co-owner of the Looking4Larry Agency in New York City, and was personally named one of Advertising Age Top 100 Global Marketers.

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In WWE, Paul Heyman has managed or has served as manager for a record six world champions: WWE Champions, The Big Show, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, CM Punk, Brock Lesnar, and WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns.

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Paul Heyman is Jewish; his mother was a Holocaust survivor who suffered through experiences in Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, and the Lodz Ghetto.

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Paul Heyman was paid by the company for several of his photographs.

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Paul Heyman attended SUNY Purchase and worked on-air as an opinionated, controversial host at SUNY's radio station and the WARY-FM New York radio station for Westchester Community College; in 1985, at the age of 19, he became a photographer, then a producer and promoter for the New York City nightclub Studio 54.

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Paul Heyman began as a photographer when he was 13 and bought his own photo lab to take photos of pro wrestlers in New York.

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Paul Heyman published his own newsletter, The Wrestling Times Magazine, and wrote for third-party wrestling publications such as Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

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10.

Paul Heyman called Jim Crockett, who sent Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T A The show featured Bam Bam Bigelow's debut and an award to Flair.

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At the urging of Bigelow, Paul Heyman made his managerial debut on January 2, 1987, initially appearing on the Northeast independent circuit before moving to a more high-profile stint with Championship Wrestling from Florida in February 1987.

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In 1988, Paul Heyman jumped to Jim Crockett Promotions, where Dangerously again managed the Original Midnight Express in a feud with the new Midnight Express and their manager, Jim Cornette, as well as managing "Mean" Mark Callous.

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Paul Heyman settled into the role of an announcer, joining Jim Ross to call the matches on WTBS' World Championship Wrestling and other programming.

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In 1991, WCW needed to re-structure its "heels", so Paul Heyman returned to the role of spokesman and ringside manager as the manager of the Dangerous Alliance, with Rick Rude as the centerpiece of the stable.

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Disagreement arose, however, as Crockett wanted to build a traditional wrestling brand, while Paul Heyman believed traditional wrestling was antiquated and a new take on the genre was needed.

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From that point forward, Paul Heyman was in charge of the creative direction of the company.

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The proposed outcome was the current ECW champion Shane Douglas becoming champion, but Paul Heyman conspired with Douglas and Gordon without the knowledge of NWA president Dennis Coralluzzo to have Douglas publicly denounce the NWA and its "tradition" after winning the tournament.

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18.

At the Survivor Series, Paul Heyman turned on Lesnar and allied himself with Big Show, while helping him win the title from Lesnar in the process.

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19.

On July 10, 2005, it was reported that Paul Heyman took over the positions of head booker and writer in Ohio Valley Wrestling, a developmental territory maintained by WWE.

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20.

On May 23, 2005, Paul Heyman returned in a segment with Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff announcing ECW One Night Stand, with Paul Heyman in charge.

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21.

The following night on Raw, Paul Heyman confirmed that because the championship match was contested under "ECW rules" that the decision stood and Van Dam was the "Undisputed" WWE Champion.

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22.

Paul Heyman was immediately pulled from ECW's creative team after the altercation.

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23.

McMahon and Paul Heyman clashed in front of several members of the writing team on McMahon's corporate jet the day after the pay-per-view.

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24.

Behind the scenes, Paul Heyman had no interest at first in returning to WWE, as he still felt he held bad blood with a lot of the staff, but reconsidered after Lesnar requested his presence after a lackluster promo with John Laurinaitis.

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25.

The following week on Raw, Paul Heyman confronted Triple H, handing him a lawsuit from Lesnar for breaching of contract.

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Later that month, Paul Heyman stated that Brock Lesnar would answer Triple H's challenge himself at Raw 1000.

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27.

At Payback, Paul Heyman coached Axel during his match with Wade Barrett and The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship with Axel winning the match and the title.

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At Money in the Bank, Paul Heyman betrayed CM Punk, costing him his chance at the Money in the Bank briefcase by hitting him three times with a ladder, knocking Punk off the ladder when he was ascending.

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The plan was foiled, however, when Paul Heyman dared CM Punk to come into the ring and accept the challenge as CM Punk, who had anticipated the trap and hid under the ring, emerged and attacked Lesnar.

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30.

Paul Heyman stood by Lesnar as he feuded with Big Show and The Undertaker in the first four months of 2013.

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At the Royal Rumble, Paul Heyman was at ringside when Lesnar retained his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Cena and Seth Rollins.

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At WrestleMania 31 Paul Heyman was at ringside when Lesnar defended his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the 2015 Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns, but Lesnar was unsuccessful as Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and made the match a Triple Threat match.

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At SummerSlam, Paul Heyman was at ringside when the match between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker ended in controversy; the bell was rung as The Undertaker tapped out, but the referee did not see it.

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At Hell in a Cell, Paul Heyman was present when Lesnar defeated Undertaker in the rematch, ending their feud.

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Paul Heyman accompanied Lesnar to the ring at WrestleMania 32 with Lesnar defeating Dean Ambrose in a No Holds Barred Street Fight.

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36.

On July 16, 2018 episode of Raw, Paul Heyman interrupted Angle, who was about to strip Lesnar, and stated that Lesnar would hold on to the championship for however long he pleases.

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Two weeks later on the August 13, 2018 episode of Raw, Paul Heyman revealed it was all a ruse as both Paul Heyman and Lesnar ambushed Reigns.

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However, at Hell in a Cell, Paul Heyman appeared as Lesnar interfered with the main event match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman.

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The next day, Paul Heyman appeared on Raw, setting up a triple threat match at Crown Jewel between Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, and Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.

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At WrestleMania 35, Paul Heyman came out just after the opening segment, demanding that Seth Rollins fights his client to start off the main card.

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On June 11, 2020, it was reported that Paul Heyman had been removed from the executive director position of Raw, in an effort to streamline both the Raw and SmackDown writing teams into one group being led by Bruce Prichard.

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However, Paul Heyman was expected to maintain his on-screen role as the advocate for Brock Lesnar.

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The reunion was short-lived, as three weeks later at the Royal Rumble event, Paul Heyman betrayed Lesnar by handing Reigns the WWE Championship belt to attack Lesnar, allowing Bobby Lashley to win the title from him in the process.

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Professional wrestling promoter and booker Eric Bischoff has praised and been critical of Heyman, stating "the idea of working with Paul wasn't going to make me go 'ooh wow, I wonder what that's going to be like'.

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45.

Paul Heyman was a really good antagonist because sometimes the best antagonists are the villains that say things that you know are true but you just don't want to hear them.

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46.

In February 1993, Paul Heyman filed a lawsuit against WCW alleging wrongful termination and ethnic discrimination.

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Outside the ring, Paul Heyman is a film enthusiast citing Leon: The Professional and Angels with Dirty Faces as his favorite films.

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