The excitement for a lot of fans wasn’t so much BrockLesnar quitting the WWE but instead it was the man who did the quitting for Lesnar. Yes it was Brock’s original WWE manager Paul Heyman who returned to read the statement as the latest twist in Lesnar’s story.
It was certainly a sight to be seen for longtime Heyman fans and ECW fanatics. Heyman strutted down the aisle as only he can this past Monday on RAW and returned as Lesnar’s legal representative. Heyman proceeded to read a statement by Lesnar which was punctuated by Brock quitting and Heyman showing the wrestling world that he remains one of, if not the best promo man in the business.
“I came back to bring legitimacy to WWE. That’s exactly what I did. And how was I rewarded? With the same corporate BS and politics that led me to leave 8 years ago. I don’t regret what i did to John Cena – I embarrassed him. Another guy i embarrassed was HHH. He’s always been jealous of me. HHH lasted nearly 1 hour in a Cell with the Undertaker but he couldn’t last 1 minute in a fight with me. HHH tried to push his weight around because now he has an office job. I had an agreement with the company and he broke it – so I broke his arm. I don’t care about HHH. I don’t care about you people. And I don’t care about the corporate suits at WWE because I, Brock Lesnar, am NEVER COMING BACK. Because I, Brock Lesnar, quit.”
Heyman’s appearance on RAW wasn’t as big of a surprise to fans following Twitter. CM Punk had teased all day on his Twitter that he was hanging out with an old friend. Punk then posted a picture of Heyman on Twitter getting ready to come out right as RAW went to commercial.
Fans went nuts on Twitter after Punk posted the picture and were ready for Heyman’s appearance. While that all sounds like a lot of fun the idea of Punk tweeting about hanging around with the man who is identified as Brock Lesnar’s legal spokesperson, the same Brock brought in by John Laurinaitus who Punk confronted with hatred earlier in the show really doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I have to question if Punk sending out that tweet (which I am sure he had approval on) was really the right guy to do it? Between that, Triple H holding Floyd Mayweather’s belt over his head with his “broken arm”, and Cena wrestling in the dark match on RAW without a sling on, I have to wonder if the WWE is getting too far away from kayfabe and ignoring their own storylines outside of the shows a bit too much.
The irony here is that you have had a handful of wrestling personalities speculating over the last few weeks that Heyman has been involved in the booking of Brock Lesnar. Dave Meltzer reported on his F4WOnline.com podcast over the weekend that Terry Funk told him that Heyman’s hand prints were all over the angle. It would appear that the Funker is a pretty smart man with a branding iron.
I don’t know how often Heyman will be used in the storyline and quite frankly, he may not know the answer to that question right now. It is a brilliant move bringing back Heyman as Lesnar’s spokesman simply due to the limited number of dates the WWE has on Brock over the course of his contract. Lesnar is signed for one year, but is limited on the dates. With having Heyman around and Brock “quitting”, the WWE can keep Brock a part of the weekly RAW shows without necessary flying Brock in every week and wasting one of his dates. The last thing the WWE needs is to be out of dates come WrestleMania 29 which would put Brock in a highly advantageous negotiating position for a new deal.
Heyman has kept his nose out of the wrestling business since leaving the WWE other than a flirtation with TNA Wrestling. In all honesty that is a shame as the wrestling business needs Paul Heyman. Heyman walked out on RAW after a lengthy absence and immediately became the best promo guy in the company. It is amazing to think that you have someone like Heyman and another guy like Jim Ross who are so great at what they do, yet they sit at home with little interest from the WWE.
All of those booking critics so fast to predict the end of Brock Lesnar’s drawing power after he lost to John Cena should think twice before jumping off a bridge only hours after a booking decision. Heyman’s presence changes the game and by the time Triple H vs. Brock rolls around, I don’t think anyone is going to pass on this or Brock’s future matches simply because he lost at Extreme Rules.
It also could be a little more than a coincidence that Heyman is strutting back into the WWE less than a monther before the WWE releases The Biggest Matches in Ecw History DVD.