Paul Heyman Says "WWE and TNA Fail The Future"
Paul Heyman has posted the must-read blog of the year, calling WWE and TNA to task for failing the future. In his latest blog on "The Heyman Hustle" website, the former ECW Owner and WWE creative powerhouse brought up a number of examples of how WWE and TNA are endangering their own futures by not instituting a recruitment program designed to sign hot young talents.
When it comes to a young talent initiative, both World Wrestling Entertainment and TNA Wrestling have their collective heads shoved up their respective asses. A really talented lap dancer has a better chance of being discovered and recruited into professional wrestling than a decorated athlete who is trying to decide between WWE/TNA and UFC/MMA.The recruitment process in both WWE and TNA is not just lacking, it’s non-existent. In WWE, they wait for you to chase the opportunity of working for the dominant market leader in sports entertainment. In other words, if you don’t call them, they won’t call you. Just a few years ago, Jim Ross would send memo after memo to Vince and Stephanie (and even to Executive Producer Kevin Dunn) practically begging the company to devote more time, effort, and resources to an active recruitment process, much like the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball.
Heyman recalled Good Ol' JR being less diplomatic than Barack Obama, and more forceful than Rudy Guiliani (my analogy, not Mr. Heyman's). The Mad Scientist wrote:
”If we don’t address this problem now,” JR once said in a passionate pitch on Air McMahon, “we’re going to pay a heavy price for ignoring the situation in 5 years." By the way, that was about … oh… 5 years ago.”
Heyman also questioned TNA’s judgement in investing for the future, adding:
“TNA has spent more time promoting the fact their ring is six-sided, and advertising the anti-climatic debuts of former WWE color commentators than they have invested in the discovery of exciting new superstars who can capture the public’s attention. TNA-branded (an oxymoron if there every was one) headliner Samoa Joe turns heel so he can be the subservient second banana to former WWE main eventer Kurt Angle on TNA’s television show. Then, Joe does nothing to make the audience hate him. Nothing to make the audience view him with contempt. Nothing to make the audience have disdain for his character. Nothing to make the TNA fan base want to pay to see him get his ass kicked, his face smashed, his shoulders pinned to the mat. For crying out loud, didn’t anyone in pro wrestling learn from Brock Lesnar at UFC 100?”
Heyman also heaps huge praise on Dragon Gate USA, booker Gabe Sapolsky, and former WWE wrestler Kenn Doane. He also equates pro wrestling's refusal to look into the future with a story about President Thomas Jefferson.
Meanwhile, another former WWE Head Writer for Smackdown and ECW, David Lagana (a long time favorite of Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon-LeVesque) commented on the blog on his own Twitter account, saying "I lived it. Heyman is right."
You can read Heyman’s entire must-read blog by clicking here.
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