Will there be a new “Paul Heyman Guy”?
absolutely! I’ve already signed a new Paul Heyman guy! Oh no! We’re
going to broadcast his identity and we’re going to publicize and promote
it and present it and market it and make as big a splash as humanly
possible regarding this new Paul Heyman guy.
Are there any other
guys along the way were Paul Heyman guys that you were surprised didn’t
take it to that next level or didn’t connect in the way that you thought
they were capable of?
No, because there’s always extenuating
circumstances. Becoming a top-tier talent requires perseverance, a
certain level of diplomacy, a certain level of strategy, a certain level
of luck, requires sometimes merely a miracle! The odds are against… I
saw a report the other day that 2% of Screen Actors Guild performers
actually make a living as actors and actresses. And 98% of those who
hold the the SAG card need supplemental income just to survive. So of
that 2%, how many aspire and actually become a well known character
actor or actress? How many of those become a supporting player? And how
many of those can actually star in a TV show or a movie or a vehicle in
which they get top billing? Same way in WWE or in sports entertainment.
The odds are dramatically against you, so those who make it? It’s
practically a miracle.
How difficult was it to cut that CM Punk
promo in front of this rabid Chicago crowd and manage to pivot it away
from what they were expecting to get all that focus on Brock Lesnar and
The easiest interview I’ve ever done in my entire
career. Because I knew the task at hand. Think about this. I didn’t say
one disparaging thing about CM Punk. It’s because I have nothing
disparaging to say about him. I said, “If CM Punk were in this ring
tonight, he would prove to everyone that he is what he always claims to
be: The best in the world.” And I believe that to be true! I said
everything about CM Punk that I felt in my heart and at the end of the
day, we don’t have that television show on the air to sing the praises
of those who are not with us or just heap praise on people because we
like them. The television show is a promotional vehicle to entice the
audience to purchase the network or the individual pay-per-view. My task
at hand is to elicit the response from the viewer that they find the
Brock Lesnar versus Undertaker match compelling enough to purchase the
pay-per-view or get involved with WWE Network to see the match. So when I went out in Chicago, I knew my responsibility was to sell you on Brock Lesnar vs
The Undertaker any way that I had to, which included sitting there for
the first ten minutes and discussing the 800-pound elephant in the room,
which is why CM Punk wasn’t appearing in his hometown.