THE RAGER! – The Paul Heyman Episode

So it’s 1am and it’s that moment when my contacts are all screwy, my vision is blurry and I’m too lazy to take them out, and I really should be getting some sleep. However, I felt the guilt of not posting on Pulse Wrestling in a while and figured that since I’ve done my own review of WWE’s big documentary releases over the past couple of years that I might as well do one for the new Paul Heyman DVD. And no, I don’t really feel the urge to write out my 10 Thoughts for Raw this week because not enough seemed to have happened to where I feel compelled to do so. Besides, Raw gets such a wide coverage on this site from a variety of great and capable writers that 1 more added voice doesn’t really matter all that much anyway (I’ve been in a very “meh, what’s the point in all this anyway” mood lately, if you couldn’t tell).

So really my only complaint about this is that it’s limited to a movie-friendly length of time and that limits the amount of detail that some of Heyman’s stories require and a lot of stories got glossed over with a short one-line mention, if that. The one that sticks out was they built up when Paul was getting fired as Head Writer of Smackdown and Paul mentioned that there was a falling out and there was an incident between he and Vince on a plane and then there was nothing beyond that. Sure, Paul did explain that he could not give out details to certain stories due to legal issues involved so possibly that could explain or Paul just didn’t want to poke the proverbial bear too much further especially when he currently is enjoyed a successful business relationship with said bear. And maybe the plane incident is a story in which the details are well known by everybody but me however even if I did know the details of said story, I still would’ve liked to hear Paul’s side of it.

But speaking of Paul’s side of the story, I found it really interesting to hear his side of the long-rumored financial relationship that Heyman/ECW had with Vince/WWE in the late 90s. In a way Paul didn’t completely discredit the way it’s been explained over the years but he did specify that it was money being exchanged from one corporation to another due to reimbursement for certain advertising that was linked to a specific wrestler that made the move over to WWF and said money was never given to Heyman individually. And sure, that’s Heyman’s side of the story and you can take that with however much salt you want to but still, it was good to get Heyman’s side of it.

I found it interesting that the point being driven during this documentary was that Paul Heyman has always had such a great eye for talent but while I saw people like Stephanie McMahon giving him that type of praise, I kept thinking back to Punk’s doc in 2012 and distinctly remembering Michael P.S. Hayes kinda burying Paul for overhyping talent to making people think they’re better than they actually were. But then again, at the point of shooting the Punk doc, Heyman had either recently rejoined the company or hadn’t rejoined just yet and that makes all the difference when it comes to these documentaries. I mean just look at the turnaround with Ultimate Warrior, WWE released a DVD basically just to crap on Warrior and then you fast forward to 2013-2014 and they went into full hero worship mode for the video game and the Hall of Fame. I wouldn’t say time makes cowards of us all but time sure does make us do weird stuff we’d never thought we would do.

Also, it got a chuckle out of me at the moment Punk mentioned in the Heyman doc that he “wouldn’t still be here” if it weren’t for Paul Heyman coming back. And that’s another thing I would’ve like to see more of, a better explanation of what those conversations were like between (I’m assuming) Heyman and HHH and what was said that finally convinced (beyond getting to work with Brock again) Paul to agree with it.

The biggest thing I took away from this documentary was that WWE needs Paul in a mentoring position for their young talent. Sure, he’s had such success with having creative control but that was always met with some sort of collision and yes, he’s had a tremendous amount of success as an on-screen character. However, the impression that I got from all of this is that his biggest asset to professional wrestling is his ability to harvest talent and motivate them with his own brand of enthusiasm that’s fueled by his fandom of professional wrestling. At the very least, if Heyman ever retires his on-screen persona, WWE would be wise to at least keep him as some sort of developmental consultant. Ideally, if the scenario ever happens that HHH and Stephanie takes full control over the company, I would tap Heyman to oversee all things NXT. But all in all, it was good to see the man behind the persona and the man behind all the rumors and folklore that’s been built and broadly covered by wrestling fans for decades. Would I have liked more insight and more details? Sure but you can only fit so much in a 2 hour span.

These are all my initial thoughts as I have literally just finished watching the documentary for the first time. I’m sure I’ll have better-formed thoughts on a 2nd viewing but for now…you’re welcome

If you’ve made to this point of my semi-conscious babbling, you’re a brave soul that deserves way more than I can give you…just like all the women that I’ve dated.

Don’t do anything I would do twice,

The Answer: According the Raw this week, the most offensive part of the word “bitch” is apparently the “ch” sound.

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