5 WWE Superstars Who Should Be Managed by Paul Heyman
Paul Heyman has managed some of the biggest names in WWE history. From Brock Lesnar to Rob Van Dam, virtually every Superstar (except for Matt Morgan) that has been managed by Heyman has found success in the WWE.
After managing and helping his good friend CM Punk achieve a historical and memorable WWE Championship reign, what is next for the manipulative mastermind?
At age 47, Paul Heyman has a lot of experience and knowledge to offer current WWE Superstars that have not reached their full potential yet.
The five Superstars listed in this article would benefit greatly from having Heyman as their manager.
These five Superstars have either been a victim of terrible booking (lack of direction) or have trouble connecting with the audience. Also, each Superstar that is listed has yet to win a major title (WWE, World Heavyweight or Tag Team) since becoming a member of the WWE roster.
5. Damien Sandow
Paul Heyman may never manage Damien Sandow, but they are two of the most intelligent characters in the WWE. Why not put them together?
It seems like the WWE doesn't know what to do with Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. Rhodes and Sandow had a mutual agreement to split up, but they continue to compete as a tag team on occasion.
In fact, the Rhodes Scholars are scheduled to take on the New Age Outlaws this Monday night on Raw.
So are they split up or not?
I expect the New Age Outlaws to defeat the Rhodes Scholars, thus ending their partnership. But of course, Rhodes and Sandow will remain best of friends.
When it comes to mic work and charisma, Damien Sandow and Paul Heyman are amongst the best in the WWE.
Considering his gimmick, Damien Sandow should be receiving a bigger crowd reaction than he's been getting recently. Every time Paul Heyman is on the mic, the fans always give him a negative response, which is a good thing.
Putting Heyman and Sandow together would be comedic gold. It would also help Sandow get a better response from the crowd.
A bigger response from the crowd can help Sandow get the push he deserves.
4. Antonio Cesaro
Antonio Cesaro is still relatively new to the WWE, but he has been very impressive since winning the United States Championship at SummerSlam 2012.
Cesaro's strength, move-set and old-school look help separate him from the rest of the WWE roster. If Cesaro wants to ditch the United States title and shoot for something more prestigious, he may want to call Paul Heyman.
I feel that Cesaro is one of the most entertaining and talented wrestlers in the WWE today, but it seems like the WWE Universe doesn't agree.
From carrying around an American flag (Cesaro isn't American) to disrespecting a legend like Ric Flair, Cesaro still gets a disappointing response from the fans. Also, when you are the United States champion, you shouldn't be booked to lose against Ryback and Randy Orton over and over again. It just looks bad.
Cesaro has enough in-ring skill and talent to be a main event star, but he needs help on the microphone as well as getting a better reaction from the fans.
Paul Heyman would be the perfect manager to help him in both of those areas.
3. Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro have been the victims of horrible booking. Both Barrett and Cesaro are champions in the WWE, but they seem to lose a lot more than they should. With all of these losses, how can we take them seriously?
Paul Heyman and Wade Barrett are a slightly better pairing than Heyman and Cesaro simply because Wade Barrett is ready for a World title run right now.
Barrett has defeated several top stars in the WWE such as Randy Orton and John Cena, but now he is jobbing to a rookie named Bo Dallas. Barrett isn't a seasoned vet like Chris Jericho, so losing to a rookie (especially if you are the Intercontinental champion) makes Barrett look extremely weak.
The Barrett Barrage has been an embarrassment as of late and Paul Heyman could help him turn everything around.
Wade Barrett's future is very bright. He has a menacing look and the perfect blend of charisma and in-ring skill to reach the main event level.
Paul Heyman could help speed up Wade Barrett's inevitable rise to the top of the WWE.
2. The Shield
Although The Shield does not believe in a definitive leader, Paul Heyman may be the only man on the planet that has the capability to change the group's mind.
About a month or so ago on Raw, Vince McMahon caught Paul Heyman in a lie.
Thanks to Brad Maddox, McMahon had video evidence that showed the WWE Universe that Paul Heyman was paying off The Shield in order to help CM Punk retain the WWE title on numerous occasions.
For months, Paul Heyman (and CM Punk) lied about his involvement with The Shield to help protect CM Punk hold the WWE Championship.
But what if Paul Heyman denied all of the allegations in order to protect The Shield and not CM Punk?
What I'm getting at is, what if Paul Heyman was the creator of The Shield in the first place?
There is no denying that Paul Heyman has an eye for talent.
The WWE signed CM Punk to a contract because there was a lot of "buzz" surrounding him. Once Punk signed, the WWE sent him straight to OVW. Paul Heyman was the only person who saw potential in Punk and forced the WWE to take a chance on him (via CM Punk: Best in the World).
Now Punk is one of the most popular Superstars in professional wrestling today.
Since its debut at Survivor Series 2012, The Shield has pinned Daniel Bryan, Ryback and Chris Jericho.
The infamous trio may not need any help right now, but Paul Heyman would be instrumental in guiding The Shield to the WWE Tag Team titles.
With rumors of Ryback possibly turning heel, could Paul Heyman be the guy to finally take him to the top of the WWE?
I know it sounds unlikely, but hear me out.
After going on an impressive winning streak and becoming a fan favorite, Ryback has lost nearly all of his momentum. Main event and big-match losses to CM Punk and The Shield have made Ryback look human, which isn't good.
In order to make Ryback an unstoppable monster again, the WWE should turn him heel. Paul Heyman could be his manager and he would feud with John Cena for the WWE Championship in 2013-2014.
There are many ways the WWE could turn Ryback heel, but an easy option is to have Ryback suffer an injury and take some time off.
Upon his return, Ryback (with Heyman) would seek revenge on John Cena after Cena eliminated him from the 2013 Royal Rumble.
Paul Heyman managed Brock Lesnar, who took the WWE by storm and became one of the biggest names in the business.
Ryback and Brock Lesnar are both looked at as powerful, unstoppable forces in the WWE.
A heel turn and the managerial duties of Paul Heyman would help elevate Ryback to the level of a main event WWE Superstar.
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