Hello, my name is Roj Naylor. A simple statement to make. A greeting, and a name. Something many of us has made repeatedly in our lives. It’s nothing special, it’s not even informative. Sure, it gives a name, and a greeting, but that’s it. However, when TWM’s Manager of the Year says it, it’s so much more.
Paul E. Dangerously. The Mad Scientist. The Twisted Genius. The Evil Mastermind. The Master Manipulator. The Voice of the Voice of the Voiceless. The Advocate. The Special Counsel.
Whatever you want to call him, when Paul Heyman introduces himself, you listen. His voice commands instant attention. Throughout his career, hearing him say his name tells you exactly what mood he is in. It makes you sit up straight and tune in to what he’s got to say. Don’t believe me?
Those two words, in isolation, drip smugness, confidence, and condescension. He’s better than you and knows you’re going to hang on to every word – whether you like it or not. This ability to hold instant power over an audience is rare, and one Heyman has been able to channel for more than three decades. Here are just a few of his Greatest Hits.
#1 Lawsuit for Lawler, 1987
Shortly after his debut as a manager, Paul E. Dangerously surfaced in the CWA. There he managed an early version of The Dangerous Alliance in Tommy Rich, Austin Idol, and Lord Humongous (portrayed at the time by Sid Vicious). During a feud between Rich and Jerry Lawler, Idol became involved and helped Rich “crotch” Lawler on the ring post. In retaliation, Lawler enlisted Bam Bam Bigelow to return the favour to Rich.
This interview is a response to the “assault”, where Dangerously confirms he has filed lawsuits against Lawler and Eddie Marlin (CWA’s General Manager). References to the “yuppie” lifestyle are abundant. Dangerously flaunts his financial power, noting that he paid to fly in the videotape to show the audience what happened. After a reference to groin attacks, delivered with traditional wrestling masculinity, the intensity ramps up to the Heyman we’re used to. Even the closing line, aimed at the interviewer – “if you get in my way, I’ll sue you too, man” – is an early example of the consistency of Heyman’s characters through the years.