Paul Heyman to appear on WWE TV semi-regularly through SummerSlam, according to reports

Those who were watching Raw last night -- and if you weren't, Cageside has you covered -- were treated to a surprise appearance from none other than Paul Heyman himself.

Heyman was the visionary booker behind Extreme Championship Wrestling's rise to prominence in the mid to late-1990s. He was also the financial bungler who led to its untimely demise.

Regardless, he is held is high regard by many for his contributions to the wrestling business and he made his return last night to represent -- much as he had a decade ago -- Brock Lesnar.

So how did the former Paul E. Dangerously find himself in Greensboro?

According to PWInsider (warning: spyware), the deal only came about over the last week. When Lesnar was originally signed in late March, there was no talk of Heyman being brought in but he will be used at least through SummerSlam to avoid using the limited number of dates Lesnar is contracted for.

The storyline that might spring forth from this development is a worked recreation of the legal battle "The Next Big Thing" and WWE found themselves in after Lesnar split from the company in 2004. Except Twitter, YouTube and other social media outlets to play a heavy part in this as Vince McMahon and company want to create a buzz which would, of course, lead to a SummerSlam match with Triple H.

As is stands now, Heyman is only involved as a part-time on-screen character and is not involved in the creative process.

But really, could Heyman stop himself from pitching an idea or two?

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