Paul Heyman's Influence Could Help Younger WWE Superstars

Alex MussoFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2012

Paul Heyman is a visionary.  He took a small, obscure promotion called Eastern Championship Wrestling and turned it into a national sensation. 

ECW was groundbreaking, and many ECW fans will argue that ECW was the inspiration behind the Attitude Era after Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff of WCW saw that ECW was rising fast and was changing the business. 

Whether you liked what Heyman did in ECW or not, one thing is clear: He knows how to take raw talent and create stars.  Heyman remains with CM Punk and Brock Lesnar (I presume), but he could be used better. He could be backing young guys, thus helping create new stars in WWE.

Let me first say that Heyman may well be working with new stars right now.  The Shield is a perfect example of a possible Heyman faction.  Yes, I know that The Shield denied any links to Heyman, but it is a heel.  It could be lying.  The Shield could be the first wave of a new Invasion-style storyline.  But that's a debate for a different article.  

What is clear to me is that Heyman can take guys you've never heard of and make them stars.  Look at what he did with ECW.  Guys like Raven, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and Rob Van Dam cut their teeth in ECW.  They, and many others, were scraping by in the old territories before Heyman began building Extreme Championship Wrestling.  It was Heyman, combined with the hard work of the wrestlers, that made guys like Rob Van Dam, the Dudley Boyz (I refuse to call them Team 3D), Rey Mysterio and Chris Benoit household names, and gave them enough exposure for WCW to pick them up.  

If Heyman were to be behind The Shield, or if he got behind some other young guy or group, that team would immediately become part of that Heyman legacy.  Heyman is forever linked with many great moments in wrestling history, and the young guys he could manage, like The Shield or Dolph Ziggler, could immediately leap to the top of the card.

Paul Heyman could make the young wrestlers in WWE one of the best groups of talent in wrestling in a long time.  WWE now has the raw talent to have success for a long time.  It just needs a way to get these young guys over.  Who better than Heyman to do just that?