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Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman WWE DVD Review

Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman may be one of the most inspiring documentaries produced by the WWE. The documentary chronicling the life of Heyman should be required viewing in business schools and marketing classes across America.

Heyman is one of the most under-appreciated success stories of our wrestling generation. As I pointed out in a previous piece, Heyman may be the greatest manager in pro wrestling history. Heyman has drawn money through four different decades and is better than ever. Only entertainment icons can boast that kind of pedigree. Heyman is indeed an icon.

Heyman’s journey is inspiring whether you are an aspiring enterprenaur, business student, marketing executive or pro wrestler. It isn’t so much Heyman’s rise in pro wrestling that is impressive. It was his tenacity, desire, courage, and dare I say hustle that you have to admire in or out of pro wrestling.

Heyman broke into the business as a photographer taking pictures at Madison Square Garden. Heyman quickly assimilated himself behind the curtain and was learning from some of the brightest minds in the business. Something clicked when I saw this story and it relates back to ECW. ECW was full of people outside of the ring who went from fans to being a part of the company. All anyone had to do was ask and just about everyone was offered an opportunity to contribute whether you were smart to the business or not. Quite honestly it was pretty easy to get “in” to ECW and now I can see why. Heyman was giving back, even then. He was giving people the same opportunities he was given and for that you absolutely have to love the guy. He allowed you to open up that door but it was up to you to step inside.

I don’t want to give the story away but it is quite a journey. The one constant throughout the DVD is that Heyman is always trying something new. That is why he has been able to remain relevant through four decades. He is always adapting and changing with the times. Tommy Dreamer, Mick Foley, CM Punk, Brock Lesnar, Edge, Steve Austin, Gabe Sapolsky, Jim Ross, Raven, Stephanie McMahon and many others attest to this.

The meat of the DVD is of course ECW. Heyman talks extensively about how he got involved in ECW, what went right, and what went wrong. Heyman also debunks some myths about the relationship ECW and the WWE had back at the time. One story that has been alleged is that Vince McMahon sent ECW weekly checks. Heyman confirms that but puts an interesting twist on exactly what was going on and according to Heyman, it had nothing to do with any kind of ownership.

Tod Gordon tells a story about Heyman booking the shows in ECW on napkins. I can attest to that. I was a ring announcer in ECW from late 1996-early 1998. I remember many shows where Paul would walk with me halfway to the ring, giving me the first half of the card as we walked, telling me to come see him at intermission for the second half. That happened many times and it was all part of the charm that came with working in ECW.

Personally I can tell you that Heyman was probably the most giving person for someone at his stature in pro wrestling that I have ever met. Heyman always opened the door to come watch television edits, sit in on booking meetings, or just simply chat about the show. Unlike Heyman I didn’t have that same passion he did to follow through with those special invites. Not many do. If you watched ECW long enough you could generally see the ones who did as they’d generally all ascend to higher places in and even outside of ECW.

The other meaty part of the DVD chronicles Heyman’s difficulties fitting into the corporate structure of the WWE after ECW went out of business. Heyman’s creative was never a question. It was Heyman’s lack of judgment when it came to picking fights with Vince McMahon according to Stephanie and others that worked with him at the time. No matter what you think of Heyman, his booking of the SmackDown Six remains the best era in the history of that program/brand.

Heyman has branched out beyond the squared circle in 2014. No longer are his passions encompassed by the world of professional wrestling. Heyman operates a successful marketing agency and is a proud father to two beautiful children. It’s hard to imagine that same man sitting down glowing about his family in 2014 screaming like a maniac and throwing headsets 17 years ago. Fatherhood and past reflections have certainly mellowed out the evil genius in that regard.

The DVD is well worth your time and money and moved very fast. If I have one complaint it is that I think you could have easily gotten another 60-90 minutes of material on the DVD. I would recommend listening to Heyman’s interviews with Steve Austin and Chris Jericho on PodcastOne as a great companion to this DVD. He goes into more detail, especially on the details of his leaving the WWE a few years back that paint an even bigger picture on the majestic canvas created on this DVD.

DISC 1

Documentary

Survivor
Photographer
Promoter
Manager
Memphis
AWA
WCW
ECW
Team Mentality
Rebels
Commentator
Writer
OVW
New ECW
Businessman
Father
Return to WWE
Embracing the Moment

DISC 2:

Paul E. is always in contact
AWA Championship Wrestling • August 1987

Pink Suspenders
AWA Superstars • August 1987

I’ll Be Johnny Carson
AWA Championship Wrestling • August 1987

Danger Zone with Ted E. Bear
AWA Championship Wrestling • September 1987

You want to be a Cartoon?
AWA All Star Wrestling • September 1987

If Excitement Had a Name
AWA Superstars • September 1987

More Publicity
AWA Championship Wrestling • September 1987

Adrian Adonis
AWA All Star Wrestling • October 1987

The Definition of Pro Wrestling
AWA Superstars • November 1987

The Sequel Jim Cornette
NWA Pro Wrestling • October 1988

Nobody Wanted Paul E.
World Championship Wrestling • November 1988

Louisville Slugger
NWA Pro Wrestling • December 1988

The Year of Paul E. Dangerously
World Championship Wrestling • January 1989

Danger Zone with Ric Flair
World Championship Wrestling • March 1989

I’m So Handsome
NWA Main Event • March 1989

I Don’t Have Wrestlers I Have Animals
World Wide Wrestling • March 1989

Ding Dong Who is it?
NWA Main Event • July 1989

The Era of the Dangerous Alliance
World Championship Wrestling • September 1989

Sting’s Doll
Power Hour • May 1991

Save Us from Captain Oklahoma
World Championship Wrestling • November 1991

The Dangerous Alliance
World Championship Wrestling • November 1991

The Paul E. Awards
World Wide Wrestling • February 1992

The Ultimatum is at Hand
Pro Wrestling • April 1992

A New Dangerous Alliance
ECW Hardcore TV • October 1993

WCW Wants Sabu
ECW Hardcore TV • June 1994

Wrestler and Violence
ECW Hardcore TV • July 1994

Winds of Change
ECW Hardcore TV • November 1994

Cash Rules Everything
ECW Hardcore TV • December 1994

Best Damn Wrestling You’ve Ever Seen
ECW Hardcore TV • January 1995

There Ain’t No Organization Like ECW
ECW • February 1996

ECW Comes to Pay-Per-View
ECW • February 1997

We Cleared Cablevision!
ECW • March 1998

The Card Has Changed
ECW Guilty As Charged • January 1999

The War Has Just Begun
ECW on TNN • June 2000

Stories:

Photo of Vince Sr. & Andre
Riding in Blassie’s Car
Troubles in Memphis
The Mole
Borrowing Time
Conference Call
Paul Heyman Guy
Teasers:

Real Story?
PG Era
Statute of Limitations
In Your Face
More Extreme

DISC 3:

Paul Heyman Hates Mr. McMahon’s Stinkin’ Guts
SmackDown • November 15, 2001

Introducing: “The Next Big Thing”
RAW • April 8, 2002

Paul Heyman, Mr. McMahon & Eric Bischoff All Share One Ring
RAW • May 23, 2005

Paul Heyman Thanks the ECW Faithful
ECW One Night Stand • 12 June 2005

The Resurrection of ECW
ECW One Night Stand • June 11, 2006

From the Bingo Hall to the Garden
ECW • September 12, 2006

Mr. McMahon Gives Paul Heyman a Performance Review
RAW • January 28, 2013

Paul Heyman Gives CM Punk His Resignation
RAW • February 11, 2013

It’s Clobbering Time for CM Punk
RAW • July 15, 2013

Volcano
RAW • October 21, 2013

Paul Heyman Drops a Pipe Bomb
RAW • March 3, 2014

The Original Midnight Express vs. The New Midnight Express
Main Event • January 21, 1989

Hardy Boyz vs. Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman
Judgment Day • May 19, 2002

No Disqualification Handicap Elimination Match
CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman
Night of Champions • September 15, 2013

BLU-RAY EXTRAS:

Stories:

Riding a Bike Down a Rooftop
Lending a Hand
Managers’ Fan Clubs
Austin Idol’s Manager
Cellphone
New York?
“I owe my career to Paul Heyman”
Micromanaging
Needed Venting
Paul the Promo Guy
Mystery Partner
Program Money
Leather Bag
Sending ECW a Tape
No Show Groomsman
King of NYC
White Corvette
Supported by the Competition
Ended Up with Nothing
Touring the ECW Arena
Out with a Bang
Common Bond
Breaking Vince’s Desk
Baseball Slide
Creative Paul
King Kong
Because I Can’t
Dirty Laundry
Real Friends
Comical Paul
Kid’s Cutting Promos
Heroes
Genius or Insane?
Genuine Friend

Conqueror of the Streak
RAW • April 7, 2014

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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