Paul Heyman: The Mind Behind The Madness
Paul Heyman (seen here with CM Punk in 2012) is a certified genius, and I’m not saying “genius” as in, “this man knows everything”. The word genius can be defined by many thought processes, and Heyman’s mind works unlike any other manager in pro wrestling history. When Heyman sets his mind on something, he not only possesses the intellect to achieve said goal, but if he isn’t sure, he gets into the heads of his clients and his clients’ opponents so that he can destroy their preparation.
Over the years, Paul Heyman’s manipulative nature has brought him an unparallelled success rate. The Dangerous Alliance in WCW. The success and army that was ECW. The debut of “The Next Big Thing” Brock Lesnar. The “Heyman era” of SmackDown, during which he was the general manager. In 2011, Heyman was the fire lit under the ass of CM Punk, which led to him being the WWE Champion for over a year.
Currently, Heyman’s largest endeavor is the massive Brock Lesnar. Upon Lesnar’s return, he attacked John Cena. He ended the in-ring career of Triple H. He defeated CM Punk. He ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak. Then, perhaps most shockingly, he derailed the long-running, seemingly unstoppable train of hustle, loyalty, and respect of the WWE Champion, John Cena, in what was a nearly-effortlessly manner. When a powerhouse like Brock Lesnar comes along, the potential for disaster raises ten fold, and this was proven at SummerSlam when Lesnar destroyed Cena, treating the champion like a ragdoll and effectively ending his reign.
This past Monday, Heyman got into the head of John Cena, something that has for years prior been virtually impossible. Where Cena has been the Superman of the WWE, a freight train that took down everyone in the land of the giants, he has been crippled mentally over the past few years, especially. The WWE Universe has embraced Daniel Bryan, during which period Bray Wyatt got into the head of Cena and reminded him of the mean streak that lives inside him. Though Cena overcame that obstacle, his next step was to take on Lesnar, who not only destroyed him, but embarrassed him. As of Monday, Cena has his focus set on achieving greatness, by having his hand raised, but perhaps that focus has shifted now that Paul Heyman has gotten into his head. By taunting him, begging him to attack Heyman and become the maniacal bully Heyman has been known to create champions out of, Cena finally snapped, knocking Heyman to the ground and summoning the beast, who warred with Cena only 6 days before their Night Of Champions encounter. Now that the two have sized each other up once again, the ball seems to be in either man’s court. Only this time around, Cena has had time to strategize. But, at the same time, Heyman knows this, and has effectively gotten into the head of the former golden boy. With this in mind, who’s to say what will happen this Sunday? We may very well see a new champion, but could Cena defeat both Brock Lesnar, physically, and Paul Heyman, mentally?