Sultan of Swat
prowrestling.com/article/news/8437Former WWE personality Paul Heyman did another interview with The Sun out of the United Kingdom to help promote the upcoming "Heyman Hustle" feature on the website. Below are some of the highlights from the most recent interview:
Dueling with Stephanie McMahon on Creative: "They weren't rumours, Stephanie and I clashed heavily through most of my tenure in WWE. And I don't think it should be a surprise that we did. I came into WWE just as Stephanie was taking over the writing team. Stephanie is a lot like her father. Even those closest to her would refer to her as The Vincess. And they said it in a manner that cannot be mistaken — they mean it as the ultimate compliment. She has that drive, she has that ambition and she craves doing the job. Stephanie wakes up in the morning motivated to already be at the second item of the day on her yellow notepad. Steph competes with herself to be better at her job tomorrow than she is today, and better two days from now than she is tomorrow. This is an inspired person in terms of getting work done. If you don't admire their work ethic, that intensity of passion to make it all happen, then you're clearly missing something. Stephanie was put in the position by her father that she had to prove to him every day that she could lead and manage people as he does. She had to show Vince that a group of people could be placed under her umbrella and be brought forward with her vision. So along comes Heyman. Fresh out of his own promotion, a seven-year adventure that was like a rollercoaster with the blindfolds on. It's pre-determined that we're going clash. And that's a test for Stephanie because her father has had to deal with strong personalities — be it his own dad, competing promoters or wrestlers from Bruno Sammartino to Steve Austin — it's just part of owning a company. I faced that when I had my own company. So I do understand it from their perspective. But by the end of my time in WWE, I can only say that she was quite supportive.
On whether or not he still watches WWE: Of course I still watch it. I'm still a big fan and I still appreciate the art form. I still get goosebumps seeing the live reaction when it hits. I never lost a love for the business, it's just that my time in it is up.
Could TNA ever challenge WWE?: I think TNA has a major hurdle to overcome — and that's the fact that they have no BRAND. There's no one on that roster that is branded TNA. You look at Kurt Angle and you think WWE. You look at Booker T and think WCW, five-time, five-time, five-time or King Booker in WWE. You look at The Dudleys and think ECW or WWE or even tables. You look at Samoa Joe, who should be the TNA guy, and you think this guy's great, when's he going to WWE. Are there hot moments? Sure. Are there personalities to like? Sure. Is there a good work rate? Sure. But there is no TNA style, TNA persona or TNA brand.
What he thinks of ROH & booker Gabe Sapolsky: I am very proud of Gabe. He has learned from all of the strengths of ECW and also our weaknesses. He's developed a niche audience that is loyal to the Ring Of Honor product. With no resources, Gabe has branded Ring Of Honor far better than the multi-multi-million dollar TNA product. When you see Ring Of Honor you know what you are watching. When you see a certain style you know it's the ROH style. On Ring Of Honor's worst day he still delivers more bang for your buck than most people do on their best.