We all know that Paul Heyman is a man of many words. Lately we’re seeing that he is a man of action, too, apparently not afraid to take matters into his own hands.
At Money in the Bank, Heyman clubbed CM Punk not once but twice with a ladder. The next night, he actually climbed into the ring and sneak-attacked Punk, setting him up for the eventual beatdown from Brock Lesnar.
Wow, Paul, who knew you were such a brute? What’s next? Are you going to personally beat Daniel Bryan down and take his place against John Cena at SummerSlam?
Not likely. But what we are seeing is a new dimension in the feud between Punk and Lesnar.
Paul Heyman has gotten physical. And it’s playing a pivotal role in why Punk-Lesnar will be the most closely watched feud of the year.
In Lesnar’s previous two feuds against John Cena and Triple H, Heyman did all of the talking and left the muscle work up to his Beast. They were your typical back-and-forth, run-of-the-mill feuds.
They were boring.
This time around, the feeling is different. Heyman has made it personal with Punk.
After all, they were best buds, Punk proudly proclaimed himself a “Paul Heyman Guy.” They were WWE Championship partners.
Now, they are enemies. The storyline animosity is personal.
In order for this feud to be more special than the others involving Lesnar, it has to be more than just a talkfest between WWE’s best promo cutters. It’s one thing to talk about each other, but putting the physicality in it adds the extra needed spice—especially when the first shots were thrown by the least likely person.
Heyman has always been one of the most enjoyable performers in professional wrestling. He has the aura of a bottom-feeding blowhard who talks up a storm but can do absolutely nothing to defend himself. He peeks around the LED wall in any arena, and the crowd goes into a boo frenzy.
Now, all of a sudden, he thinks he’s Chuck Norris, coming in and launching a surprise attack on his unsuspecting victim. He uses anything he can find as a weapon—in Sunday’s case, a simple aluminum ladder.
The feud is becoming downright fun to watch.
That’s because we are seeing a different side of a weasel-like little man who looks like he could sweat through his suit just trying to open a jar of pickles. But we also are enjoying it because we know what fate is awaiting him.
Punk will have some time to heal from the bumps he has taken this week from Heyman and Lesnar. Then he is going to come back with a vengeance, and Heyman is going to have a big red bull's-eye on top of his little bald head.
Just like the good manager he is, Heyman will take some exaggerated bumps from Punk and receive them in a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination. The crowd will eat it up.
And once again, Paul Heyman will demonstrate why he is the best WWE manager this side of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
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