Paul Heyman Presents Brilliant Short Film On MMA Legend
Visionary pro wrestling "Mad Scientist" Paul Heyman, credited by top line WWE superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Brock Lesnar, Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho for teaching them how to get in touch with their big money characters has released a short film on the web that should have TNA President Dixie Carter wondering why she didn't turn over the keys to the kingdom to the 45 year old New Yorker.
Heyman, who started a new advertising agency called "Looking 4 Larry" with "Heyman Hustle" co-creator Mitchell K. Stuart (Stripped: Raw and Real; Road to MSG with Lady Gaga), has taken another major step into the world of mixed martial arts with this EA Sports MMA video game campaign. Last week's "Heyman Hustle" with Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz was hysterical, but this Shamrock piece is just brilliant.
Heyman wrote and produced "A Short Film by Frank Shamrock" (http://heymanhustle.craveonline.com/articles/news/108810-frank-shamrock), with Stuart directing. The film runs 1 minute and 59 seconds, and I wish it was a full length feature. The story is that Shamrock is miserable in retirement, and needs to fight again. But the only way for the Wrestling Observer Fighter of the Decade (1990s) to fight again is for you to play him in the video game.
Even if you're not an MMA fan, this short film will make you feel for Frank Shamrock. It's really that awesome. The wrestling message boards are pistol hot this afternoon with discussions about what would have happened if TNA President Dixie Carter allowed Heyman to implement his vision in TNA, which was the breaking point of their negotiations. Heyman, who is best known as the visionary that took a bingo hall promotion called ECW and turned it into a global pro wrestling cult, has stated in interviews he thinks his best work was actually as Head Writer for Vince McMahon's WWE Smackdown, then on UPN, in 2002-03, while many point to his writing and producing of the legendary pay per view ECW One Night Stand in 2005 as his crowning achievement.
Watch the Shamrock short film. Pro wrestling's loss is MMA's substantial gain.
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