Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Logan Howell. I am the advocate for the Paul Heyman DVD that was released on August 5th. However, I did not get my hands on it until recently. Around here, this thing was sold out at every store I went to. But as luck would have it, after I had given up hope, I found a copy about thirty minutes from where I live and I couldn’t have been happier. After watching the documentary, I have been left with one simple thought. That thought is that Heyman has to be one of the greatest figures in professional wrestling history. Upon my completion, I realized I just embarked on a ride of different emotions. Laughter, sadness, joy, and shock all in those two hours. Hopefully after all of you read this article, it’ll intrigue you enough to go out and buy this DVD.
If you’re a somewhat new wrestling fan, then you probably view Heyman as some evil villain who’s out to sick his beast on every hero there is. But if you watch this documentary, you’re perception of Heyman will change drastically. It’s always interesting to hear of how a person in WWE starts out their career. Heyman had a rocky start on his way to WWE, but it also had it’s sunny days. Hearing about how his first big break was from being a photographer at Studio 54 just blew my mind, and it goes to show you just how dynamic Paul E Dangerously really was. I thought the documentary did a really good job of informing the audience about the upbringing into the business.
If you’re an older wrestling fan, then you’ve more than likely heard of ECW. If you haven’t heard of ECW, then you can check it out on the WWE Network for just $9.99. My favorite part about this part of the documentary was when they had interviews with former ECW guys like Rob Van Dam, Raven, and Tommy Dreamer. These guys talked about how special ECW was to them, and how inspiring Heyman was. Just look at all the talent that started off by wrestling in ECW. Hall of famers like Stone Cold and Mick Foley became huge stars thanks to ECW. It was revolutionary, and broke the mold for how professional wrestling is presented. This was the baby of Paul Heyman, and he deserves all the credit for it’s success. Once you watch the documentary, you will see just how much Heyman loved ECW.
One thing I didn’t know about Heyman was that at one point and time, he was the lead writer for Smackdown. Heyman has a mind for the business that’s like no other, and definitely has all the credentials to be the lead writer for any WWE show. He could just look at the guys in the locker room in ECW, and just pick some guys for a match and it would be phenomenal. Just imagine how this would have worked in a WWE locker room. Guys like Edge, Rey Mysterio, and Kurt Angle can thank Heyman because he helped make their careers more successful. He was a tremendous booker, and even made Smackdown get higher ratings than Raw did! Another testament to Paul Heyman and his genius mind for the business.
Not only does the DVD contain a documentary, but it also contains promos cut by the evil genius himself. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to watch these yet. But I can tell you just from watching them on WWE programming today that Heyman can cut a promo better than anyone else in the business. They are filled with nothing but raw emotion and passion. You hang on every word he says, and you feel every emotion he spits into the microphone. Heyman has been cutting promos for over twenty years, and has helped plenty of wrestlers improve their promo skills.
After watching the Paul Heyman documentary, I have found new respect for this man. He is now one of my favorite figures in WWE, and will always be one of my favorites. From AWA and WCW to ECW and WWE, no one had a mind quite like Paul Heyman. He has done so much for the business, and is continuing to do so much for the WWE. When you think of managers, you have to put Heyman up there with the best of the best. This documentary is without doubt the greatest one I have ever seen from WWE. I highly recommend it to every single wrestling fan out there, and I guarantee that you’ll view Paul Heyman in a different light after watching this amazing piece of work.