Paul Heyman On Criticism Over Brock Lesnar Winning WWE Title, Initial Reaction To DVD Idea

Paul Heyman recently spoke with Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald to promote his new WWE DVD. Below are a few highlights:

Fans who say Brock Lesnar shouldn’t win the WWE World Heavyweight Title because he’s a part-timer:
“I don’t know if any of those critics of privy to an agreement Brock Lesnar may or may not have with WWE. So I don’t understand how anybody can credibly say this is what Brock Lesnar’s schedule is going to be when he becomes the WWE champion. Second, I think the WWE championship is the defended too often and lost some of the prestige because of the beast of monthly pay-per-views. The champion having to defend on every single pay-per-view, let alone at every single arena, has taken away from the special event that is when a champion defends the title.”

“Here is the best example I can give you. Why don’t we just do 12 WrestleMania events a year? I mean it’s the brand name in pay-per-view. You know people understand that WrestleMania means it’s something special and unique and doesn’t happen all the time. It’s can’t miss. Well, you can’t do 12 WrestleMania events a year because then you water-down WrestleMania, and it won’t mean as much on the rare occasion you present the brand name WrestleMania.”

“It’s the same with Brock Lesnar. If you present Brock Lesnar 52 weeks a year and you have Brock Lesnar defend the title 12 times a year, you’re losing money. You’re not making money because you are watering down the unique opportunity that the audience can have to see an once-in-a-lifetime athlete on the rare occasion that he dons the tights and laces up the boots and goes into the ring to beat people within an inch of their lives.”

“Plus, here is one more thing to consider. If Brock Lesnar were to work a full-time schedule he would wipe out the roster at once. There would be nobody left for him to fight. So how can people be clamoring for Brock Lesnar to be work a full-time schedule? Then you’ll have three hours of Brock and Paul Heyman sitting alone in a ring talking to each other because there would be nobody left for Brock Lesnar to conquer.”

His reaction when WWE approached him about doing a DVD:
“I was not happy about it. I had no idea what take WWE was going to have on a look back on what I’ve done so far. You never know the story that they want to tell. It’s a deeply personal issue to me because it’s me. I wasn’t sure what direction it was going to take. So being a control freak that had no control over, the creative content involved, I was apprehensive to say the very least. Plus, it puts me in a position where I have to talk about stuff from 20, 30 years ago, and I hate spending time looking back.”

  • Darnez4

    Paul Heyman has sold me on wanting a “part-time” champion. I’d buy damn near anything this many was trying to sell me.

    But it is hard to argue with him. PPVs used to be somewhat of a special thing, and it took time to build up matches between them. Now with PPVs every 4 weeks, you finish one show, turn your back, and bam the next one is right there. No time to build up matches. It has watered them down. (Not to mention the toll this has taken on the titles themselves).

    I wish WWE was at the place financially where they could have the 2 split shows, with split PPVs. Alternating month to month, with the 2 shows only coming together 4 times a year for the bigger PPVs. Like they used to do. Sadly doesn’t seem possible anymore..

    • The_MCuevas

      I personally didn’t like the split shows. IMO it ruined SmackDown.

      • Darnez4

        I never watched SmackDown, between it always being on a weird channel for me. (And honestly I still don’t, I think the fact that SD is not live ruins it more than anything.) And the fact that I was basically a RAW “fanboy”. But that was somewhat of the fun in it was having a rivalry between brands. You never really saw that cross brand interaction unless it was a big deal. (Which makes for easy hype for a match/PPV between the two)

      • Sandman

        at one stage smackdown was the number 1 show its only been the last few years its been becoming a similar show to main event

  • The_MCuevas

    YES!!! IVE BEEN SAYING THEY NEED TO GIVE BROCK THE TITLE FOR A YEAR NOW!! By giving a “part timer” the belt, it’ll give it more prestige PLUS give more prestige to the other belts. I remember when the IC title meant something. When it meant you were basically next in line for a world title. I remember when the tag team titles were held by future hall of gamers and not thrown on mid carders who were pieced together as a team (although the usos are doing a great job as champions). It’ll be good overall for all titles if Brock were to become champion, But I doubt it’ll happen. Guess we gotta pay $9.99 to find out

  • Sir William McCormick

    That is an amazing point. Wow.

  • Ronald Daignault

    Yes, because Paul Heyman really knows how to keep a business going doesn’t he???