As we were reminded yesterday, Paul Heyman is not only a great promo - he's also a great interview. So having him out on the circuit to promote his new WWE DVD release Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman and his client, Brock Lesnar's match against John Cena at SummerSlam for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion is a boon for fans of pro wrestling conversation starters.
A recent sitdown with Digital Spy is no exception. Heyman hits on the hottest topics of the day and the year, and even though he's talked about both before, he gives a fresh perspective on each.
Following up on his earlier comments about CM Punk leaving WWE, Mayer Nissam asked why he thinks the WWE Universe is having a hard time letting go of the wrestler, as evidenced by the lingering chants of his name at company events, from Developmental to pay-per-view (PPV):
It's a very difficult break-up when an audience loses its ability to thrust its adulation upon their hero. CM Punk clearly established during his time as a Paul Heyman Guy that he was, as the billing suggested, The Best In The World.
So when he abruptly disappears and the audience doesn't have the ability to say goodbye or shower him with their affection, then it causes a situation. It causes the audience to miss him even more vociferously, because they never had the closure of letting him know how much they appreciate his hard work.
Which echoes what a lot of fans and writers have been saying for a long time - it's not just that he left, it's that we didn't have time to prepare or say farewell.
And of course, no conversation with any WWE contracted employee or pro wrestling-related individual would be complete these days without the Sting question. Heyman toes the company line, and stays in character while legitimately sounding like a fan:
I think Sting would be denying his fans a great moment if Sting did not step into WWE competition at least once. I have always been a huge admirer of what Sting brings to the table and his relationship with his audience, and I would be dramatically disappointed if Sting does not wrestle a WWE match.
There you have it, Cagesiders - more goodness from the one behind the one in twenty-one and one.
Do you agree with his take on why fans are still obsessing about CM Punk more than six months after he left WWE? Or the effect a Sting WWE match would have on us?