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  • Enforced Method Acting: When Brock Lesnar beat The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania, the only people who knew about the plan were Lesnar, 'Taker, Vince McMahon, Steph, and Triple H. Heyman sliding into the ring and screaming, "Oh my God!" until everyone else was let in on the plan were genuine.
  • Executive Veto: CM Punk credits Paul Heyman for being allowed to keep his ring name and straight edge gimmick. Other "writers" have revealed one of the plans for Punk was to turn him into a male cheerleader, essentially a babyface version of The Spirit Squad. In fact, according to Heyman himself, he rebuffed numerous repeated memos from the top brass telling him to wind down Punk's storylines and fire him outright, instead saying they should fire Punk themselves if they cared so much. It took nine years, and it was only after Punk walked out on the company — by then, CM Punk was one of their three biggest draws.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Even when he performed in WWE, Heyman still remained loyal to ECW, and kept promoting it.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Heyman began in pro wrestling very young. How young? He began as a pro wrestling photographer when he was 13, published his own wrestling newsletter, wrote for third-party wrestling publications such as Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and at the age of 14, he obtained a backstage pass from WWF for Madison Square Garden, and met Dusty Rhodes at a Jim Crockett Promotions taping, when he entered a production meeting. There's even a photo of him with Freddie Blassie, Captain Lou Albano, and The Grand Wizard.
  • Running the Asylum: While he mainly embodied this in ECW, bringing back the high flying, foreign objects and lucha libre type maneuvers that had not been in focus for a long time. He also put this into practice as GM of SmackDown, which had a reputation for being "the wrestling show" of WWE for a long time (Raw being the soap opera), even after Heyman eventually left, up until the brands merged back together.
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  • Star-Making Role: Despite having been a photographer, publisher, writer, manager, and announcer for several years before he was put with the stable; he credits becoming the manager of the Dangerous Alliance as the role that really put him on the map.
  • What Could Have Been
    • Heyman said he turned down the offer to go in full-time with Jim Crockett Productions because he was being highly considered by a radio affiliate (Hot 97) to be their morning guy, opposite Howard Stern.
    • There's a story that Heyman was offered the booker position in TNA, but was turned down because he wanted creative control and a large share in the company.
    • A Paul Heyman autobiography was in the works... until the Brock Lesnar autobiography, which Heyman contributed to, was released to both critical and commercial disappointment. He did get a dedicated DVD covering his life and career when he returned to WWE, however.


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