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What’s Next For Paul Heyman?

There are many things to like about wrestling right now.

Seth Rollins has proven himself to be a potential all-time great (given he stays healthy).The United States Title feud between John Cena and Rusev has intrigued me, so much so it’s one of the main reasons I want to see Extreme Rules this Sunday on Pay Per View. And Cesaro and Tyson Kidd are one of the best tag teams the WWE has had in quite some time.

It feels good to be a wrestling fan again.

What also interests me is how the company will use Paul Heyman going forward. True, he is still the manager of Brock Lesnar, but his dates with WWE are limited, at best. They could be doing so much more with him, mainly getting more younger stars over with his great mic skills.

I have been a fan of Paul Heyman ever since I first saw him back in the NWA in 1989 in the famous “Midnight Express vs. Midnight Express” feud, which involved him bringing back Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose to take back the Midnight Express name from the guys who made it famous, Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane. Even though I was more of a Bobby Heenan and Jim Cornette kind of guy, I could tell that the artist formerly known as Paul E. Dangerously was going to be something special.

He then went on to manage the Dangerous Alliance, some of the best wrestlers on the planet at that time. Among the guys who were in the group were some of my favorite in-ring performers, like Arn Anderson, “Stunning” Steve Austin (when he actually had hair), Larry Zbyszko, Bobby Eaton, and “Ravishing” Rick Rude. At that time, I thought the Dangerous Alliance were on par with the Four Horsemen in terms of guys who were main event level superstars.

The next time Paul E. came across my screen was when he was running ECW. Even though the production budget was modest at best, the storylines and the in-ring action made me want to see it each week. His ability for making captivating storylines and making each wrestler mean something was truly a work of art.

When ECW met its demise in 2001, it seemed like a no-brainer that he would join the WWE in some form. And he did, playing a major part in the WCW/ECW Invasion angle that never seemed to go right. He also was the color guy for Monday Night RAW when Jerry Lawler left the company for a brief time that year.

It also made sense that Heyman join the creative team, which he did, and did well. When Heyman was in charge, the storylines made sense, and everything seemed to be flowing better. But after many personality conflicts with those in charge, Paul Heyman was removed as a member of the creative team.

In the years following his tenure backstage, Heyman has returned and departed the company many times. But something always remains certain.

He always comes back.

In the years that he has managed Brock Lesnar, Heyman has done some of his most masterful microphone work. His interviews make a normal RAW must see TV. Even though I tune in to see some of my favorites each week, one of the top reasons I will tune in on Monday nights is to see Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman command an audience like no one else.

Which is why he needs to bring back the Dangerous Alliance.

WWE is in need a really strong stable. Yes, The Hart Foundation was great, as was D-X, Evolution and the Wyatt family, but they need a personality like Paul Heyman to be the guy who runs it.

And just who would be in the Dangerous Alliance?

I can think of a few guys. Seth Rollins comes to mind. He would be the franchise, so to speak of the whole thing. Next, I would recruit Dolph Ziggler. Have him become the Intercontinental Champion. Then, I would go after Roman Reigns, and re-package him as this unbeatable monster. Have him destroy John Cena for the U.S. Belt and make the Dangerous Alliance the holders of the top championships in the company, much like the Four Horsemen did in the 1980’s. Another possible member of the group could be Bad News Barrett, who in my opinion, besides Kofi Kingston, is one of the most underrated guys in the WWE. The guy could be the tough, British brawling enforcer who bullies everyone in his sight.

For like six months, have them run over the WWE babyfaces until the time was right. Then at Survivor Series, have a four on four elimination match with the Dangerous Alliance taking on John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and maybe bring back Sting for a short time.

I also want to see a feud with Brock Lesnar, where Heyman has some of his guys try to take Lesnar out of wrestling. In this instance, have Brock be completely silent, like Sting and Goldberg used to be. The fans kinda like the silent hero sometimes. At the end, after a while of being chased by the Dangerous Alliance, have Lesnar beat them all, one by one.

Of course, as wrestling fans, we all have thoughts on what would make the product better. Maybe I’m just being an armchair wrestling booker here, but it would be fun to see Heyman used in this role.

There’s got to be more ways to incorporate Paul Heyman into the show. When he talks on the microphone, people want to listen, whether they hate his character or not. Every wrestling fan knows they are listening to a true great cutting some of the best promos this business has ever seen.

He’s sure come a long way since the huge brick cell phone.

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