A good manager can make all the difference in helping a wrestling star get over with the crowd. Until recently, managing was a lost art in WWE.
Then came Paul Heyman. Heyman, a long-time manager, announcer and behind-the-scenes contributor in the wrestling business, has recently re-appeared in WWE. Without wrestling in a single match, Heyman has been one of the more impactful characters on WWE TV this year.
Heyman has played mouthpiece for Brock Lesnar and CM Punk. He's helped guide each man to main events at PPVs and has solidified Punk's heel turn in a way that the current WWE Champion couldn't have achieved on his own.
This is nothing new for Heyman. Over the course of his career, he's managed such high-profile acts as Stunning Steve Austin (later to become Stone Cold), Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Jimmy Snuka, Sabu, Kurt Angle, Big Show, Rob Van Dam and Tommy Dreamer among others.
As the owner/mouthpiece of ECW, Heyman started a hardcore revolution in wrestling that forced changes in both WWE and WCW.
The history of the manager in professional wrestling is long and meaningful. With Heyman back on the scene, maybe the art is on its way back.
Here's a list of the nine best managers in WWE history.