Just 24 hours after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Monday Night Raw came to us live from Las Vegas, NV.
In a city famed for its abundance of entertainment evidently the WWE couldn’t help but get caught up in the spirit of the occasion as we witnessed a shocking and dramatic end to what was a solid show.
Despite reports that he wasn’t scheduled to return to WWE programming until mid-February, the behemoth that is Brock Lesnar re-emerged to save his long-time mentor Paul Heyman.
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion proceeded to decimate Vince McMahon with a vicious F-5 just moments after the Chairman of the Board had appeared to be on the verge of terminating Heyman’s contract.
While this was undoubtedly the most unexpected event of the night, there were a number of other key talking points to emanate from Monday Night Raw—one being the performance of Paul Heyman himself.
Having remained fairly inconspicuous during CM Punk’s rant earlier in the show, the former ECW supremo was called back to the ring by Mr McMahon as the show entered its final moments.
It was here that Heyman so brilliantly demonstrated his worth to the WWE with a truly vintage performance on the mic in a kayfabe bid to remain in employment.
His delivery was intense, his prose cutting—and the portrayal of his role as heel was spot-on.
In short, it was everything that we have come to expect from Paul Heyman, and thus is evidence of his indispensability.
The man has a gift that few others possess, whether within the wrestling business or outside of it, in that he can cut an intricate and drawn-out promo as though he’d been rehearsing it for months beforehand.
Furthermore, his history with Vince McMahon, the WWE and of course ECW makes for a highly intriguing situation indeed.
It has been well documented in the past that there has been friction between Heyman and McMahon, and though the pair may have since patched up their differences, the possibility of such tensions resurfacing only adds to the unpredictability and drama of their exchanges.
Much like in Heyman’s summer interactions with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, it became difficult to determine how much of Heyman’s words were scripted and how much were a shoot.
Were his lines about the dishonest nature of a promoter a slight dig at McMahon?
Are his quotes from McMahon’s father a sign of Heyman’s true distaste towards Vince’s actions?
Who knows, but that’s the beauty of it. It was an instance of the Reality Era in its finest.
Even if everything that Heyman is saying is a work, the sheer fact that there is a chance it may be a shoot makes the viewing all the more exciting and edgy.
And on top of that, his links with stars such as Brock Lesnar, CM Punk and even the Big Show mean that there are a whole host of possible angles for the WWE to pursue in the future—as we have witnessed on a number of occasions in the past.
While his realignment with Lesnar after WrestleMania last year didn’t necessarily set the world alight, events on Raw have certainly had a huge impact already, and his subtle yet impactful role alongside CM Punk in recent months has made the Straightedge Superstar’s heel turn all the more impressive.
Without Heyman, such developments would most probably not have been possible—or at least they may not have been as effective.
Having him on WWE TV is an all-round winner.
It creates exciting exchanges on the mic, opens up the possibility of numerous rivalries and alliances, while his expertise and experience can help elevate other performers to even greater heights.
There has been little information regarding the length of Heyman’s current WWE deal, with many assuming his presence was merely a short-term measure.
But he still has so much to give to the company, and as a result the WWE should do whatever they can to retain Heyman for the long-term.
While his suggested firing was no doubt a work, his future with the company remains somewhat unclear—and that is something that the WWE must address.
But what do you guys think?
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