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Paul Heyman – The ONLY man who could take over from Vince McMahon

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As time goes on and years pass, our favourite billionaire megalomaniac grows older. In the next 15 years we will most probably see, if not the passing, but the WWF/E retirement of Vince McMahon. The man who undercut his dad to buy WWWF, the man who obliterated the local territories, raided all the best talents from those territories and constructed the Wrestling powerhouse that is the WWF/E, brought Wrestlemania, Summerslam, Survivor Series, King of the Ring, No Holds Barred……. Ok, I’ll let that one go, but you get the idea. Vince McMahon has enriched each and every wrestling fan’s life and he’s done but by not giving you what you want – The man is a genius.

But when his days come to an end, who will take the helm of WWF/E once “The Boss” has clocked out of titan towers for the last time? Lets’ look at the Candidates:

1. Stephanie McMahon – The obvious choice and the purists’ choice. With her Dad’s business nous that she will no doubt have absorbed over the years and her own knowledge of the business, Stephanie would be the natural replacement. Also with the added value of The Game as her other half, the McMahon/Helmsley era could be the future for the “E”

2. Shane O’ Mac – Although Shane is off doing his thing with the Chinese at the moment and playing around the fringes of MMA, I’m sure that if the call came from his Dad then Shane would possibly make a return to WWF/E. He has the personality and has shown in the past that not only can he do the Heel/Face routine; the man can take a bump! (Blackman? Summerslam? Anyone?). The only question is WILL Shane come back to the business or has he washed his hands of it and moved on with his life?

3. Eric Bischoff – Not going to happen. I’m sure that even John “Jonny Ace” Laurinaitis would veto that! Lots of legal red tape if this is ever going to happen, That and a restraining order on Hogan! I personally like EB for what he did at WCW, he took it from a grotty sound stage with no-one watching and made it into a grown up Wrestling Show. I wonder if he can do the same with TNA? Because at the moment, that’s what the iMPACT zone looks like, WCW Saturday Night but with a bit more black paint thrown around the building. I’ll save my full rant on this for another day!

4. Jim Cornette – The mouth returneth? I don’t think so! JC has sued more people than Donald Trump and come away with fewer victories than Barry Horowitz. Jim also has a deep, deep love of independent Wrestling and to take the Ringmasters job at the WWF/E would be morally difficult. Even for him.

5. Paul Heyman – The Whole F’N Show. Paul E has been in every single aspect of this game. He’s been a Wrestler, He’s been a manager, He’s been a Pundit, An Announcer, a Producer, A Managing Director, A Photographer, A Booker, An Agent, Security, Ring Technician and most importantly, A Fan. In my lifetime as a Wrestling fan, I have never seen anyone with the passion for Wrestling like Paul E. The man paid his dues by working the old indy circuit before being hired and tossed aside by WCW’s Wrestling Nazi Regime. After his unceremonious departure from ‘Rasslin Paul didn’t go and sulk like others (SHANE HELMS! Sorry, Fresh wound!), Paul dusted himself off and created the single greatest entity in 1990’s Wrestling. Some say HBK and I hate to disagree with that but ask a lot of Wrestling fans who are 26/27 what was cool about Wrestling in the 1990’s and your answer will be 3 letters. E-C-W. Now we all know about ECW and what it meant, however my point is that Paul Heyman is the most creative man in Wrestling. TNA tried to get him and tried to get him and he’s said no due to his commitments for the Heyman Hustle, which is awesome by the way, and this shows that The Carter/Hogan/Bischoff orgy KNOW, they absolutely KNOW that he is the man who can take them to greatness.

With all those candidates, the company would be left in, the majority, safe hands. Looking forward though, Wrestling recycles itself, and in about 5-7 years we are due another revolution along the lines of ECW. Not brute violence, but a counter culture Wrestling programme, something with a bit of Bollocks to it! Something that will send ruffles through the business as much as when Shane Douglas threw down the NWA belt and called it Dead.

If the WWF/E is to go from strength to strength then it needs to adapt, evolve and prepare for the future. It’s not going to be long before the TNA show goes mobile and we may, and that’s a big may, but we may have another Monday Night Wars-esque situation. If we do then WWF/E, in the absence of Vince McMahon, will need a talisman more than any of us ever thought. And I can’t think of anyone better to piss all over Bischoff’s masterplan....

.....than Paul E. Heyman. E-C-F'N-W!

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Updated 12-09-2010 at 02:46 PM by AxisOfWin

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  1. Daniel Wilkinson's Avatar
    I back HHH as the ultimate successor to Vince Mcmahon, key factor will be when he goes, if its short term for health reasons its a different call to if he goes in 10 years.
  2. tittle97's Avatar
    Sony, you are CRAZY! ECW was HUGE and much more important than WCW. You love you some Bischoff....damn
  3. Sony's Avatar
    Tittle97...really? ECW was big, but nowhere as big as WCW. ECW had a lyal, almost fanatic fanbase, but it wasn't HUGE. I like ECW also, but i tend to remain real on the matter. Nothing, not the ratings, production value, or violence, tends to say it was bigger then WCW. With your logic, then it was bigger then WWE because for a short time WCW was bigger then WWF/E. I don't "love" bischoff, but i appreciate what he did for the wrestling business for a short time. He was almost solely responsible for the best era in wrestling from the mid 90s to late 90s. If you believe ECW, as great as it was, was bigger then WCW your CRAZY imo...damn!
  4. Xpacfan's Avatar
    Paul Heyman is any excellent visionary but a terrible business man. Have you heard all of the horror stories from those that used to compete in ECW? His lack of business knowledge is what ran the organization into the ground. People's checks were bouncing on pay day and in today's economy, I don't think many can afford to have a pay check bounce.

    I think Heyman is definately the guy you want running your creative team but nothing more. Also, he has a bit of an inflated ego...if all of his ideas aren't used or he isn't in complete creative control, he tends to either split or not sign on to an organization at all.
    Updated 12-23-2010 at 02:00 PM by Xpacfan
  5. AxisOfWin's Avatar
    Thanks for the views guys. A few clear up points if I may:

    1. WCW -
    Over here in the UK, WCW made a small dent in the wrestling audience. Nitro was on a dodgy channel at stupid o'clock and it was never pushed/plugged by TNT. To a lot of us brits, WCW kind of didnt happen. However, ECW hit us like a freight train, using Tape trading of course but thats what made it cool, the fact it wasn't being plastered averywhere. In my neck of the woods, WCW was an also-ran and the most exposure it ever got on Sky Sports (The UK's home of Wrestling) was the Raw takeover episode. I get the influences WCW had (I've watched the Monday Night Wars and that does reveal a lot) and I respect the fact they were No1 for a while. My point is that now, people who I speak to about the "good ol days" of wrestling never mention WCW. It's ECW or WWE.

    2. The Money Side of Things
    Not once in my article did I say that Paul would be the man to watch the pursestrings. A role I'm pretty sure, and Vince probably does, would be left to a team of University Educated accountants and financial analizers. True, Heyman would piss it all up the wall, but not if he hasn't got the key to the safe
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