Paul Heyman's 7 Greatest Promos of All Time
Whether it's as Paul Heyman or Paul E. Dangerously, as the boss of ECW, Brock Lesnar's agent or the manager of any other wrestler, Paul Heyman has become one of the most captivating wrestling characters of all time.
Few are blessed with the ability to cut a promo that simply enraptures an audience, but the majestic Heyman is definitely one of them.
When he talks, we generally listen. With a career spanning more than 25 years in the wrestling business, Heyman is a huge part of the modern day WWE landscape.
And across the years, we've been exposed to some iconic wrestling promos from the man. Whether it is insulting the crowd or other wrestlers, Heyman often knows no boundaries.
Here is conclusive proof of that, with his seven greatest promos of all time.
7. Paul Heyman, ECW '94
Even though Paul Heyman is usually methodically calm whilst cutting a promo, on the occasions he gets irate, he is usually in imperious form.
You have to go back 20 years to find a perfect example of that—all the way back in the very early days of the Paul Heyman story. This was ECW in 1994, and he refuses to hold back.
You don't even need to have a grasp on the storylines (or even the wrestlers); you just have to sit back and listen to a maestro of the microphone.
The enthusiasm and anger are simply enthralling, and it is impossible not to listen. It's a wrestling promo masterclass.
6. Heyman "Pipebombs" Chicago
Back in March 2014, CM Punk had only been gone from the WWE for a couple of months. Therefore, when Raw was held in Chicago that month, everyone expected one thing.
CM Punk making his grand comeback.
So when the show opened with Punk's music hitting, the crowd was sent into absolute raptures. Chicago crowds are often rowdy, but this was something else. Therefore, when Heyman emerged to Punk's music, the heat he generated was ridiculous.
As Heyman begins the promo, he criticizes the WWE for its poor handling of Punk down the years, referring to Punk having "too many tattoos" and being "too small to headline WrestleMania." But he ends up turning it into a tirade against the people of Chicago, before eventually introducing Brock Lesnar.
It was a fantastic way to generate some heat for Lesnar and Heyman. He openly referred to Punk, something that has rarely been done since he walked away. The Chicago crowd was infuriated, and Heyman was in majestic form.
5. Heyman Screws Rob Van Dam
When the WWE decided to relaunch a much more timid version of ECW (the company could have hardly reincarnated the old version, after all), Paul Heyman arguably became the focal point of the entire relaunch.
One of the first things he decided to do was screw Rob Van Dam out of the ECW Heavyweight Championship, and he followed it up with an incredible promo.
Heyman went all the way during this particular promo, even managing to compare himself to Jesus on several occasions throughout it.
Police in riot gear were protecting him, and the spectators were in complete awe of what they were watching. It was incredible stuff.
4. Heyman Links Up with Cesaro
The night after WrestleMania is always a memorable one in terms of the crowd participation. The noise levels are often through the roof, and Heyman provided one of the most memorable moments of the 2014 post-WrestleMania edition of Raw.
Cesaro was riding on a wave of fan popularity at the time, and when he won the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX, he was massively over with the crowd.
So, when he came out and announced he was no longer a Zeb Colter "guy," we knew exactly what was about to happen. Heyman was almost acting like a babyface when he emerged onto the stage, grinning and smiling before announcing he was indeed in charge of Cesaro's affairs.
Unfortunately, it wasn't long before Heyman started addressing the crowd about Brock Lesnar more than Cesaro. That didn't do him any favors in terms of his career, and he's struggling at the time of writing.
3. ECW One Night Stand
ECW One Night Stand is arguably one of the most memorable WWE pay-per-views in recent years, most notably for Rob Van Dam's victory against John Cena.
But as well as that infamous victory, Paul Heyman also cut one of his greatest-ever promos, dismantling several Raw and SmackDown Superstars in a vicious tirade. In a move that probably thrilled millions of wrestling fans all across the globe, he ripped into Eric Bischoff like a dog tearing through a piece of meat.
He then told the crowd to "hide their wives," before introducing Edge in hilarious fashion. John Layfield also got a reference, as did the entire WWE.
And throughout the whole promo, Heyman had the crowd eating out of his hands. It was magical stuff.
2. My Client Ended the Undertaker's Streak
There can be little doubting that Paul Heyman helped to play a part in the greatest upset in WrestleMania history, as Brock Lesnar ended The Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania XXX.
Heyman's face when Lesnar scored the winning pinfall was a real picture, and it set us up nicely for Heyman to cut a promo for the ages the following night on Raw.
It was a near 10-minute masterpiece, filled with disparaging references to Vince McMahon, The Undertaker and the WWE locker room in general. Heyman even ridiculed himself to put some major heat on Brock, saying "he barely tolerates me" to justify just how menacing he is.
He called the locker room a "bunch of wannabes," which drew plenty of applause from the crowd in attendance.
Oh, and did you know that Heyman's client Brock Lesnar is the one in 21-1? Thought so.
1. Facing off Against Vince McMahon
CM Punk's legendary "pipebomb" promo was outstanding, but this was something even more spectacular.
As part of the buildup to The Alliance vs. WWE at Survivor Series 2001, Heyman and Vince McMahon had a faceoff in the ring to give the big match one last push. It most definitely worked, as Heyman's no-holds-barred approach to the promo was phenomenal.
This was more than a storyline promo, something that became increasingly evident as the promo rolled on. This was Heyman letting loose on McMahon for the downfall of ECW, with Heyman ripping McMahon to shreds.
He accused McMahon's most loyal employees and even his children of wanting him to "burn in hell," and there were even cheap digs at failed projects like the XFL.
Heyman is emotional all the way through, and it makes for one of the most iconic promos of all time. It was perhaps his finest moment with a microphone in hand.