Paul Heyman: Something Different

'Rowdy' Ross RutherfordSenior Analyst INovember 17, 2008

If you were to ask me who the most brilliant man to ever be involved in wrestling was, I would tell you that it was Paul Heyman. Not Vince McMahon, not Eric Bischoff, but Paul Heyman.

Now I’m not saying he is the greatest business man ever. However, from a creative stand point, Paul Heyman is in a class by himself. He truly is one of the most creative men to be involved in wrestling and now wrestling needs his brilliant mind again.

Heyman was never a great business man, but if you ever watched (the original) ECW, it wouldn't take you long to understand that Paul Heyman was a fantastic booker. A booker is someone that writes and sets up matches and feuds. In fact, in my opinion, he was the best and I still consider him to be.

I have found wrestling to be boring and repetitive lately and it disappoints me so. I understand it's a "Slow point" in wrestling, but I don't think that is a good excuse.

I often find myself going back and watching old ECW matches on YouTube or some of my old WWE DVDs. All because wrestling today is filled with bland story lines that have no direction and poorly put together characters.

Here is an example of Paul Heyman’s booking ability.

The Sandman/Raven feud

This might have been the greatest feud in ECW, with the exception of the Tommy Dreamer/Raven angle. The storyline went like this: the Sandman's wife became involved with Raven,. Her son also joined her in leaving the Sandman.

It has to be one of the most emotional storylines ever. That is something wrestling is missing today. Current feuds and storylines seem repetitive and bland. If you can’t care about what you’re watching, why watch it?

Paul was often denied the right to really be “creative” in the WWE. I find that to be a waste of this man’s incredible talent that I, as a wrestling fan, miss greatly.

That is what set Heyman apart from others in his field. He knew what wrestling was about and he knew that to succeed you had to do something different.

Another thing that set Heyman apart from other bookers and writers in wrestling was that he took the time to develop characters. He spent time molding wrestlers into actual and realistic characters. Heyman had a sense of realism that the others lacked, one of his better qualities.

If other writers took the time to develop characters and grow some balls and “push the envelope” like Heyman did, then maybe we wouldn’t have to sit here and come up with better ideas than the actual writers.

We could resume caring about what was going on in the wrestling world again. All because someone decided it was time for something different. Those are two words that could sum up Paul Heyman's entire life: something different. Something that has been missing from wrestling for a very long time.