Paul Heyman is among the most passionate and controversial performers in WWE history, but beneath his bravado and outspoken personality is a big pro wrestling fan.
The legendary manager is also a big proponent of the business’ rich history dating back to his days of taking photos for magazines.
This makes it no surprise to learn how excited he was for the “30 years of WrestleMania” mode in the upcoming WWE 2K14 video game and its stellar roster.
“You don’t have to be a WWE fan to enjoy the video game and hopefully if you enjoy the video game you want to learn about the personalities that are in the video game,” Heyman said. “You want to learn more about Brock Lesnar. You want to learn more about Ric Flair. You want to learn more about Steve Austin. You want to learn more about Hulk Hogan. You want to learn more about Paul Heyman. By doing so, you become intrigued by these larger-than-life personalities and become a fan of the product itself.”
The creative visionary behind ECW worked on the “Universe” mode on WWE’s last video game. This installment featured a look back at the “Attitude Era”, which was a period of the company’s programming that ran from the late 1990s through the new millennium. Even with the addition of a single-player option to relive many of WrestleMania’s iconic matches and moments with WWE 2K14, Heyman doesn’t find the game to be based on nostalgia.
“I find it to be a modern-day game based on the Daniel Bryan’s, the Brock Lesnar’s and the CM Punk’s and the John Cena’s with an homage to the Hulk Hogan’s, the Ric Flair’s and the Ultimate Warrior’s and the ‘Stone Cold ‘Steve Austin’s, The Rock’s and Shawn Michaels’,” Heyman said. “I don’t necessarily see this as a nostalgia trip. Instead I see it as an acknowledgement of those who paved the way in the first 29 WrestleMania events. This is the road to WrestleMania 30.”
Throughout his illustrious career the consummate performer has stood in the corner for some real heavy-hitters from Steve Austin to “Ravishing” Rick Rude. Today Heyman’s clients include the powerhouse Brock Lesnar and current intercontinental champion Curtis Axel. Looking back at the superstars of yesterday he sees the potential of those who could have been a “Heyman Guy”. That is if they followed a few ground rules and criteria.
“It would depend on the individual personalities and acceptance of my greatness and brilliance and my guidance and my piece of the action,” Heyman said.
“I could easily say, ‘Well, Hulk Hogan could have been a ‘Paul Heyman Guy’ because who wouldn’t want to make 10 to 15 percent of that money. I would say Roddy Piper could have been a ‘Paul Heyman Guy’ because look at all of the controversy he stirred up. Mr. T could have been a ‘Paul Heyman Guy’ because who wouldn’t have wanted to be a part of his mainstream products, fool!
“There are a lot of people who could have been a ‘Paul Heyman Guy’ if they would have simply accepted the fact that my way is the proper way and the correct way. What Paul Heyman says is as if Moses came down from the mountain with it inscribed on the tablets.”