I've watched Paul Heyman's pure heel performance with interviewer Renee Young on WWE SmackDown several times (and you can too, here), and it's a shame WWE doesn't get noticed by the Emmy Awards. Heyman would be nominated for his chilling retort when Young, the demure Canadian blonde interviewer, questioned him about his knowledge of Brock Lesnar's attack on CM Punk this past Monday on WWE RAW.
Heyman never raised his voice. He never made an over-the-top "typical manager" face. He never got up in Young's face. In fact, it was his controlled delivery, with the right amount of emotionality and contempt for the interviewer that made this interview so memorable.
By almost everyone's account, Heyman's work since returning to WWE in May 2012 has been the best work of his storied career. He has essentially played two different characters, from Lesnar's outspoken advocate, a lawyer-type trying to keep his explosive client out of control, to the best friend of CM Punk, the confident-but-needy egomaniac who held the WWE Title longer than any other champion in the past 25 years. You know, 434 days as WWE Champion and attempting to break The Undertaker's streak at Wrestlemania. The Best in the World!
Heyman's interview with Renee Young is a master class in acting. He was pure evil, a sinister heel with a frightening hint of what might happen should Renee push his buttons any further. He didn't just dodge the question about Lesnar and Punk, he sent a message to anyone else who dares ask him what he has now so brazenly labeled his "personal life."
I am amongst those who feel Mark Henry's angle with John Cena on Monday was the best performance of Henry's career, but this Heyman interview was an exploration into a complex villain, played seamlessly by the best heel of our generation, Paul Heyman.
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