Why Paul Heyman Should Be WWE Raw GM
Raise your hand if you’re already tiring of AJ Lee as the general manager of Monday Night Raw.
Hopefully, there are a lot of hands in the air right now.
It’s only been a few weeks since the petite and emotionally unstable Lee was surprisingly appointed to run Raw by none other than Vince McMahon. And while Lee hasn’t been in charge for very long, it’s already becoming painfully obvious that she was the wrong woman for the job.
From skipping aimlessly around the ring to seeing top talent like Chris Jericho, Jack Swagger and Brock Lesnar jump ship to violent outbursts and tantrums, Lee is losing control of Raw more and more with each passing episode.
These kinds of antics would’ve likely been avoided had Paul Heyman been named to the job instead of Lee. Heyman knows the business inside and out and would bring tons of experience to the table if he ends up replacing Lee in the (hopefully) near future.
It’s well-documented how the now-defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1990s under Heyman’s leadership. Granted, the company also folded under Heyman’s watch back in 2001.
But unlike back in ECW when he was running an entire company, Heyman would only have to worry about manning the Raw ship if he were in charge. And let’s not forget that Heyman already has experience as a general manager in WWE.
He took over as SmackDown GM for Stephanie McMahon for a two-year stint back in 2003. It was during this time in the middle of the Ruthless Aggression era that stars like John Cena, Edge and the late Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero made names for themselves under Heyman.
Some would make the argument that this was SmackDown’s heyday; it’s no coincidence that Heyman was the GM during this time.
It’s unlikely that Raw would undergo a similar renaissance if Heyman were calling the shots. But, he gets the nod over Lee in virtually every major category when it comes to operating a major show.
He’s a better booker, has more overall experience, is, by far, a more eloquent speaker and can keep his cool at least a little bit better than Lee (unless, of course, the aforementioned Stephanie McMahon is around to slap him again).
Sure, Heyman can be annoying at times. I’m sure there’s a legion of fans out there who find Heyman annoying to the point of nauseating.
But even with that said, Heyman is still the right man to replace Lee as Raw GM.
Perhaps, he’ll get the chance to prove this sometime soon.
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