Paul Heyman was interviewed by Brian Fritz of Sporting News yesterday to promote his client, Brock Lesnar versus The Undertaker at the Hell In A Cell PPV on October 25 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. Asked why the match isn’t happening at Wrestlemania 32, Paul stated why now is the perfect time for the Lesnar/Taker trilogy to end.
No because now’s the time. This is where there’s tremendous public interest in it and it’s the right match to do. I don’t think we should hold off Hell in a Cell until WrestleMania. I think Brock Lesnar versus The Undertaker in their final conflict — in what is sure to be the final time these two ever step into the ring against each other — and I think that should happen now. I don’t think waiting until WrestleMania would be, to borrow the phrase, “best for business” and I think the heightened public interest coming off of what happened at SummerSlam and the reaction from the public after we told our story the next night on Raw, I think now’s the time to capitalize on it and to exploit the public interest and present the match now.
Heyman was asked if being with Brock for a long period of time was making the pairing complacent, and whether he would relish a new challenge within WWE.
Working with Brock Lesnar is a daily challenge because every Monday night that we’re on television, I feel compelled to deliver, at least from my end, the best performance I’ve ever put on. I’ve often said and I know I’ve said it to you several times in the past that I consider every Monday to simply be an audition to appear the very next week on television. I look at every promo I do as a command performance to do better than I did the previous week if not deliver the best promo of my life. And that’s because I’m working with, truly, a once-in-a-lifetime athlete who is driven to put on his best performances every time he steps into the ring. We push each other and drive each other to go past and limits we may have as performers so that when I go out there I’m just expecting of myself the best performance of my career on every promo, I know Brock expects that of me too. And I know that when he steps into the ring, he doesn’t just want to deliver the best match of his career every time he steps in there, he knows that that’s what I’m looking for him to accomplish for himself, for his family, for our act as well. So, it would be very difficult to even imagine a time of complacency with the Brock Lesnar – Paul Heyman dynamic because we’re both very inspired, very motivated, obsessed even because we’re both looking at every opportunity to appear as being a career-defining moment until the next time we appear. My next performance has to be better than tonight’s performance. And my performance after that has to blow my next performance away. And just for the record, Brock Lesnar is a big part of that because’s that what the man expects out of me as well.
The conversation moved on to Lesnar’s opponent at this Saturday’s live WWE Network special at Madison Square Garden, Big Show. It was over a decade ago that Heyman was by Big Show’s side, and Fritz wanted to know what that experience was like.
I worked with Big Show in 2002 and 2003. I loved working with Big Show because at the time on Raw, he was the butt of jokes. He was sleeping on a couch having peanuts thrown at him by the nWo. We desperately needed a monster on Smackdown to take on Brock Lesnar and the choice became the Big Show. So, as I talked about on Monday, I meant what I was talking about. He was inspired. He was driven. He was motivated. And he understood he had an opportunity to change the course of his career instead of lying down on a couch and having peanuts thrown at him. He had a chance to main event and he had a chance to main event against Brock Lesnar and Edge and Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle and have the show built around him. He exploited that opportunity. He ran with it. He jumped on it as hard as anyone I’ve seen. It’s always a thrill to work with somebody that has that ambition to go there every night and make the company never regrets giving him that chance.
Credit – SportingNews.com
Ski’s Take – A very timely and as usual, great interview with the one and only Paul Heyman. It’s great to see that not only does he put over his client and friend Brock Lesnar, but he also puts over their opponent Big Show.
Maybe Show needs Heyman, or at least a credible someone like Heyman, by his side to be taken more seriously? The fans have been chanting “please retire” at him for some time now, and everybody with half a brain cell knows that he doesn’t have a snowball in hell’s chance of beating Brock this Saturday at the MSG Network special.
Is there anyone on the roster, or even worldwide, that could be this person? I’m not sure. Do you? If you know, tell me in the comments!