"My client, Brock Lesnar, conquered the Undertaker's undefeated streak at Wrestlemania!"
Paul Heyman (born September 11th, 1965) is a professional wrestling manager, promoter, commentator and booker best remembered for his time as booker and owner of the original ECW, although he also worked for the AWA and WCW as Paul E. Dangerously and under his own name in WWE. He first broke into wrestling as a photographer in Memphis, similar to Jim Cornette. After a successful run in WCW as a manager, he moved to ECW, debuting in Summer 1993 as a manager, later taking over as booker by himself following Eddie Gilbert's departure and then buying the company outright. After ECW folded, he took a job as a commentator for WWE, later becoming a manager again (mostly notably for Brock Lesnar) and booker for the SmackDown and resurrected ECW brands. He left wrestling after the failed ECW December To Dismember PPV in 2006, but returned as Lesnar's legal counsel in May 2012, aligned himself with CM Punk before later becoming his rival, and additionally managed Joe "Curtis Axel" Hennig and Ryback, and most recently managed the newly-coined "King of Swing" Antonio Cesaro.
"These tropes will be taken to the extreme!":
A Father to His Men: During the ECW invasion of WWF/WWE. When he and the ECW locker room did not have a common enemy to stand against, he quickly abandoned this stance.
Action Survivor: Paul Heyman is not a combatant at all. Chris Benoitno-sold a kendo stick shot from him; Benoit was a relatively (by WWE standards) small wrestler who was not known for no selling at all.
Actually Pretty Funny: Brock admitted to Paul during his "Championship Ceremony" that he likes when Heyman says "BROOOCK LESSSNAR" and even asks him to do it again.
Biting-the-Hand Humor: From the December 4, 2003 SmackDown!. While working in his role as ''SmackDown'' General Manager, Dawn Marie walked into his office looking for a position in his "administration." She tried coming on to him, but Heyman turned her down, saying, "I'm not a McMahon. I don't do the help."
Catch Phrase: Since his return he has often opened his promos with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman".
"My client, Brock Lesnar, conquered The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania!"
The Corrupter: He has a tendency in kayfabe to be able to convert anyone to his cause with a few honey soaked words playing to their egos and insecurities.
Darker and Edgier: His booking in ECW was a very famous successful example of this trope.
Distracted by the Sexy: In his arm-wrestling match with Missy Hyatt at WCW Clash of the Champions XIV, January 30, 1991, after she took off her jacket to reveal low-cut spandex, giving her the easy victory.
Drinking the Kool-Aid: Invoked the trope in-character as the explanation for ECW's popularity; also used to refer to Heyman and the rest of the ECW wrestlers' cultlike mentality and loyalty.
Seemed genuinely horrified when Brock Lesnar broke Shawn Michaels' arm. It didn't seem so much the act as that Brock actually went through with it despite Triple H abiding by their commands.
On the January 28th episode of RAW, Brock Lesnar returned, interrupting Vince McMahon's firing of Paul. Soon after, Brock decided it would be a good idea to hit Vince with an F5. Paul, on the other hand, did not.
Genre Savvy: Knew well enough to try and get CM Punk to back out of his match with Vince McMahon, because even if he won, then he'd have Vince gunning for his head (never a good position to be in), effectively making it a no win situation. Punk didn't listen.
Hannibal Lecture: A hindsight variation. During Triple H's feud with Lesnar, Heyman had him warned over and over that he was past his prime and would only be decimated. Naturally Hunter didn't take any of it seriously during the time, however after losing to Lesnar he was left genuinely wondering if he had a point and started a 10-Minute Retirement.
Hot-Blooded: When he really gets going in his promos. He also mocked the idea in an interview with Rene Young while explaining how CM Punk was set to go off like a volcano but he, Heyman, was in control of his emotions...right.
And now in 2014, he's found another freakishly strong, potential next big star in one Antonio Cesaro.
Jerkass Has a Point: Most managers tend to backpedal by coming up with excuses as to why their clients came up short in a match, like how Brock came up short in his 2012 Extreme Rules match against John Cena, even after slaughtering him for 20+ minutes. However, Heyman's excuse, that Brock was "only at 50%", contains a kernel of truth, as Brock's constant issues with diverticulitis have kept him from performing at full strength and even proved to be a detriment in some cases, like in his SummerSlam 2012 match with Triple H.
Kneel Before Zod: To the Undertaker after stealing his urn and kidnapping Paul Bearer. It only worked once, as Taker took the urn back and buried Paul Bearer in cement (what Heyman was going to do to Bearer anyway if Taker did not comply)
Large Ham: One of the only people capable of upstaging Vince McMahon.
Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: This behavior eventually lost him his job as the Smackdown general manager, as he went well beyond the bounds of his authority several times.
Smug Snake: Oh, he's such an asshole that in WCW the fans cheered for Jim Cornette of the beat Ricky Morton with a tennis racket fame, just because they were so desperate for someone to shut up Paul E Dangerously.
Take That: The first in his series of promos promoting Brock Lesnar as the challenger for John Cena's WWE World Heavyweight Championship includes this:
"The same myth that Brock Lesnar hears every week on television when John Cena is referred to as being the greatest WWE Champion of all time."
Take That Me: After The Dudley Boys (Buh Buh Ray and D-Von) left ECW for WWE in September 1999, Paul repackaged their manager Sign Guy Dudley (real name Lou D'Angeli) as a knockoff of himself, as "Lou E. Dangerously." Lou E. even assembled his own stable, the New Dangerous Alliance, with "The Enforcer" C.W. Anderson, long-time ECW jobber "Beautiful" Bill Wiles, valet Elektra (real name Donna Adamo, the real-life wife of Alex "Big Dick Dudley" Rizzo) and Erik Watts, the legendarily talentless son of legendary promoter "Cowboy" Bill Watts, who had fired Paul E. from WCW in January 1993. On the January 1, 2000 (taped December 23, 1999) episode of ECW Hardcore TV, Japanese hardcore wrestler Kintaro Kanemura d. C.W. Anderson (w/Lou E.) Before the match, Lou E. cut a promo where he said that he wasn't paying tribute to Paul E. because Paul E. sucks.
He's developed a very bad habit of tempting fate with Triple H, insulting his wife (and getting clocked in the face as a result), then later insulting his children (getting him wailed on by both Triple H and his wife).
Worth It: Heyman claims this after his snide remarks provoke HHH's wrath again, especially since he got to bite him back by booking a career defending match against Lesnar afterwards.
Trailers Always Spoil: Not exactly a trailer, but leading up to 2014's SummerSlam, Heyman mentioned in just about every interview that Brock Lesnar would thoroughly squash John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. A very bold prediction, given Cena's tenacity and the fact that championship matches are rarely so one-sided. But Heyman was right all along.
Troll: So, why did he continue to taunt Stephanie McMahon about her children after he had gotten enough rise out of her to get what he wanted? Why did he feel the need to insult Big E Langston, who had done nothing wrong and nothing to him? Why...well you could be on this entry all day if we decided to list every last thing to show why Paul Heyman is an example.
Verbal Tic: He always refers to Brock Lesnar by his full name during his promos, or as he puts it "BROOOOCK LESNAAAAAR"
We Used to Be Friends: With CM Punk. When Punk told Heyman he didn't need him any more, and with Heyman up till that point been in Punks corner promptly turned on, claiming all of Punk's success been because of him.
Weapon of Choice: His cellular phone, when they first came out in the 1980s and were big bricks and easier to use to hit someone.
"Ladies and gentleman allow me to remind thatů My client, Brock Lesnar conquer The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania! My client, Brock Lesnar conquer The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania! My client, Brock Lesnar conquer The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania! My client, Brock Lesnar conquer The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania!