Paul Heyman Writing Autobiography To Include WWE and ECW in Explosive Book

Akvar MindonesContributor IIINovember 30, 2010

Heyman's Promos In Pro Wrestling Were Legendary!
Heyman's Promos In Pro Wrestling Were Legendary!

In a story that was broken earlier tonight by noted wrestling journalist Mike Johnson on the reliable www.PWInsider.com website, former ECW owner and WWE Smackdown Head Writer Paul Heyman has signed a deal to pen his autography, slated for a Summer 2011 release. (Johnson's complete article can be found here: http://www.pwinsider.com/article/53123/paul-heyman-writing-autobiography.html?p=1) Heyman is also in the midst of co-authoring Brock Lesnar's autobiography, which is scheduled to be released by Harper Collins in the Spring of 2011. 

Heyman, one of the most controversial pro wrestling figures of the past twenty years, began his career as Paul E. Dangerously, becoming a star at the tender age of 21 on Verne Gagne's AWA program on ESPN. He then landed the cherry role as heel commentator and manager in Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling. In his first role for Turner, "Dangerously" feuded with Jim Cornette, who turned babyface for the 1st time in his career in a memorable angle on SuperStation TBS in November, 1988.

Heyman also became Jim Ross's color commentator in WCW and hosted the WCW Saturday Night program on TBS, which was then the flagship show for the promotion. Heyman then returned to managing and landed the role as "CEO of The Dangerous Alliance," which entailed responsibilities with the United States Heavyweight Champion Ravidshing Rick Rude, World Television Champion (pre-Stone Cold) Steve Austin, World Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton, Larry Zbyszko, and female star Madusa.

But it was in ECW that Heyman changed the pro wrestling landscape, openly mocking WWE Chairman Vince McMahon's WWE and the Eric Bischoff-led WCW. Heyman ushered in the concept of Extreme Wrestling and proved to everyone that smaller wrestlers like Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and Taz could be considered main eventers. Heyman's direction was openly praised in books by Austin and Mick Foley. His revolutionary concepts changed wrestling forever and ushered in the Attitude Era in WWE.

In WWE, Heyman first came in as a member of the creative staff and replaced Jerry Lawler as Jim Ross's co-host on Monday Night Raw. His 2002-03 run as Head Writer for WWE Smackdown was, many would say, the best the show ever was. His time as "Agent" for Brock Lesnar is still considered Lesnar's most memorable time in WWE. While Heyman was the only manager in history to manage three consecutive WWE Champions (Lesnar, Big Show, and Kurt Angle), his run with Lesnar was arguably the best performances of his managerial career.

Heyman quit WWE on December 4, 2006 after a major falling out with the McMahons over the direction of the re-launched ECW brand. He was openly upset with last minute changes Vince McMahon made in the December To Dismember pay per view event. Since then, he has launched The Heyman Hustle website, as well as an advertising-marketing-branding firm called Looking 4 Larry with noted New York advertising guru Mitchell K. Stuart, an Emmy Award winning director that has worked with big name music acts like Lady Gaga, Usher, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay.

Heyman's recent flirtation with Spike TV's TNA Wrestling promotion ended with Heyman not accepting the role as head booker of the promotion. He had pitched becoming President of the organization and wanted to build the promotion around youth, famously telling Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on AOL  FanHouse "If you're over 40, I'll chop your f---in' head off!"

"The Heyman Hustle: Wrestling's Most Extreme Promoter Tells All" is sure to be a most controversial book, and with a major publishing house behind him Heyman may just shake up both the pro wrestling and mixed martial arts worlds again!


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