Paul Heyman was one of the creative minds that gave rise to the successes of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in the nineties, but during his career, he also worked for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
In WWE, Heyman has advocated for five WWE Champions: Brock Lesnar, Big Show, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, and CM Punk. Critics have praised his abilities at advocating and on the microphone. Heyman has also competed sporadically in matches, including the WWE Championship main event of the 2002 Rebellion pay-per-view.
In June 2019, WWE announced that Paul Heyman would be the executive director of Raw. Heyman also appeared on SmackDown due to Lesnar being drafted to the brand in the 2019 WWE Draft in October, but shortly thereafter, Lesnar returned to Raw.
On June 11, 2020, it was reported that Heyman had been removed from the executive director position of Raw, in an effort to streamline both the Raw and SmackDown writing teams into one group, to be led by Bruce Prichard. It was later revealed that the reasons for Heyman's dismissal as executive director was because Heyman was focused on pushing younger talent during a pandemic, where Vince McMahon felt It just wasn’t the right time to do this in front of zero live fans expecting immediate results.
However, Heyman was to maintain his on-screen role as the advocate for Brock Lesnar.
Paul Heyman on his famous promo
In an interview with Inside the Ropes, Paul Heyman discussed his famous shoot-style promo on Vince McMahon: “Vince is on the plane and the funny thing was, just like with Mick Foley, he was legitimately just sitting there eating fruit or something, and he just goes over and goes, ‘Wanna rip me an asshole ye fucking wide?’ Figuratively, not literally.
And it had been a while since I had done one of those ECW-style shoot promos. My response, ‘Do you want me to rip you an asshole ye wide? As this guy over here found out, I’m the guy to do it. Want me to shoot? I’ll shoot.
OK. How far can I go?’ ‘As much as you can to draw me money.’ ‘OK, that I can do. We got to Smackdown and I knew I wanted to invoke the name of a bunch of the promoters he ran out of business, and I knew I wanted to invoke the name of his father because I knew his father, I worked for his father, I was a teenage photographer that used to get paid for my pictures by Vince McMahon’s father, so I felt I had the right to invoke his father’s name, which is a no-no unless you’re going to say his name with reverence, and we had done the angle where I turned Vince’s children, and we’ve done it 100,000 times since, but this was, I turned both of them on Vince at the same time, with Stephanie coming down on TV and goes, ‘I just want my father to die!'”