In the nineties, when he was head of Extreme Championship Wrestling, Paul Heyman was regarded as one of the best bookers around due to his ability to build matches and storylines, as well as his great vision in discovering new talent; however, it was widely believed that it was lacking in the financial management of the company, so much so that in 2001 the ECW declared bankruptcy because it was written off from debt.
His last appearance took place in the episode of Raw on October 10, 2016, when he replied to Goldberg who had stated that, if in the future he returns to the ring, he would like to fight against Brock Lesnar. In fact, Heyman in a message states that Lesnar has accepted a challenge with Goldberg.
Between 2019 and 2020 he held the role of the executive director behind the scenes of Raw. In the episode of SmackDown on August 28, 2020, he returns to the screens as the new manager of Roman Reigns. Metro UK recently interviewed Paul Heyman, who discussed his partnership with WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns.
Heyman on his partnership with Roman Reigns
“Now if you review how Roman Reigns debuted on the main roster, it was just about 8 years ago to the day where Roman Reigns debuted as part of The Shield, and The Shield was brought in by Paul Heyman to protect the title reign of the then champion CM Punk.
So this has been in the works ever since Roman Reigns debuted on the main roster and I would dare say this has been in the works since the day Roman Reigns was born. So, what do I like about it? Every single solitary thing about it, I like.
How long has it been in the works? Really since the beginning of time, as Roman Reigns knows it to be" - Paul Heyman said. Heyman on Hell in a Cell: “It’s a very simple equation. You either tune-in to Hell in a Cell and you witness the greatness of the most talked-about commodity in sports entertainment today, Roman Reigns, or you will be left out of the conversation and feeling like you missed something special – because you will – if you don’t watch Hell In a Cell.
One man has to forfeit his claim to be better than the other. One man has to forfeit his goals of being the single biggest star in WWE, the Universal Champion. One man has to forfeit his privilege of even attempting to claim to be the head of the family. So there is a lot on the line, it’s not just the Universal Title”.