A fun aspect of the WWE games in general is the chance to put on some dream matches that never could took place or assembling an unheard of card of action. For Heyman, the possibilities are endless.
“You have the opportunity to put the characters in video game situations that in today’s environment you just can’t risk the injury any further,” Heyman said.
“You can have an entire season of Hell-in-a-Cell. You can have an entire WrestleMania where every match is competed in Hell-in-a-Cell. You can do things with the performers in this game that aren’t politically correct nor are they safe in today’s environment. How could you possibly have Hulk Hogan or Ultimate Warrior or Ric Flair at their age fight someone like John Cena or Daniel Bryan or Brock Lesnar? It just doesn’t make sense, but now these guys are in their prime in the game.
“So it would be safe to have a fantasy match-up of Brock Lesnar vs. Hulk Hogan (It did happen.) or Brock Lesnar vs. Ric Flair, Brock Lesnar vs. Ultimate Warrior. You wouldn’t dare do it live, but in the game you can watch Brock Lesnar F5 all of these people.”
Joined by the legends on the roster is an assemblage of some of brightest and technically sound young ring generals in WWE. Although he may not be in the best place with him onscreen, Heyman credits CM Punk for the company turning its focus to work rate rather than just the size of the superstar.
“When CM Punk sat down on the stage and dropped a ‘pipe bomb’,” Heyman said. “I think at that moment just by the reaction from the audience and from the passionate response, not just from online, but from every measure of indication that this truly got the message across. I would totally suggest to you CM Punk’s oratory skill is what WWE noticed, and he happened to be a great wrestler to back it up. If CM Punk was a terrible wrestler, and he delivered that promo, people will still notice him. WWE would say, ‘This guy is a main eventer. It just so happens he can back it up in the ring.’”
Heyman also gives a pat on the back to the company itself for evolving and really working to make new stars.
“You have to credit WWE for it has a true youth initiative,” Heyman said. “It’s starts at the top. You can demonstrate all day how great you are, but if the guys at the top or the executives or the chairman of the board doesn’t sit there and say, ‘I acknowledge this.’ It ain’t happening.”
Heyman has always enjoyed watching Lesnar battle the top talent in a WWE ring, but believes he is the best he has ever been at this point in time. Fans can see the difference, as a retro “Next Big Thing” will be in WWE 2K14 with the current version.
“He is a bit older and far wiser, and probably for the first time in his life, truly 100 percent healthy,” Heyman said. “The Brock Lesnar of today would have smashed the Brock Lesnar of yesterday.”
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