Originally Posted by Cabers
This is relevant.
I'm going to babble a bit here, but lets evaluate.
WWE is targeting the kids and family now - Most kids were too young or didn't watch Brock the last time around. They also have very little chance of knowing who Paul Heyman is, and much less likely to be able to respect what he has accomplished and just who he is to the wrestling business.
For most people sort of...maybe 16 and up (I generalise, but it makes the point) have had a chance to witness ECW, have had a chance to see him in the InVasion storyline (Yeah, it sucked, but I love it at the time), and more importantly, when this kind of wrestling was going on, it wasn't targeted at kids, PPV's were rated 12-15, because of the blood and edgy storylines in all 3 of the major companies.
I'm going to try and keep this short, but I'm sure you see what I'm getting at.
The kids (which now make up a large percentage of the audience) and the adults (who potentially don't watch wrestling) might not understand who Paul E actually is.
I'd estimate a good 30-40% of the audience now are too young to know who he is, or didn't watch wrestling when Paul was a big name in the business.
On the flipside, I was extremely excited to see him back. I Marked out hard, but I can understand why there wasn't that pop or reaction.
Give it time - they'll learn a thing or two soon enough.