Right after WrestleMania 32, the WWE was missing something. It wasn’t that major angle WWE fans were yearning for. They had that with Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns in the coming months after Mania. There were emerging stars. The women really made an impact at the Grandaddy of Them All in their triple threat match for the Women’s championship. However, amid all of that, there was still something missing.
That one thing was Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. After WrestleMania 32, Lesnar had just got done decimating Dean Ambrose in their Extreme Rules match. To most fans, it was a big letdown. In the weeks leading up to the fight, Ambrose was approached by hardcore legends like Terry Funk and Mick Foley. They teased extreme weapons like “barbie” and a chainsaw. Neither was actually used, and Lesnar won with an F5 on a few chairs.
From the world of professional wrestling, Lesnar wanted to go chase his other passion, professional fighting. He’s a former-UFC heavyweight champion and took care of many greats like Randy Couture, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin. It was during that time that Lesnar was dealing with a gruesome disease, diverticulitis. The disease actually made him retire from fighting. Several years later, he made his return and defeated Mark Hunt.
A few days before his fight at UFC 200, the WWE announced Lesnar’s opponent for his return at SummerSlam. Randy Orton was that guy. However, Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, wasn’t there yet due to rumored contract negotiations. Heyman re-signed with the WWE after his contract expired, but there was still delay. According to Wrestlezone, a reason for Paul Heyman and WWE’s contract dilemma was revealed.
Heyman was reportedly pushing WWE officials for a raise in pay that WWE was unable to accommodate, and while the two sides were renegotiating Heyman’s deal he essentially talked himself into a contract which would see him making a lot more money. When WWE played hardball with Heyman and said they were not going to agree to the terms, Heyman’s previous contract expired, but the two sides kept talking.
Heyman’s projects outside of WWE did not help his case much as there has been some unhappiness from WWE on that front, but ultimately Heyman’s contract status changed when Brock Lesnar’s WWE TV return was announced.
The report goes on to say that Lesnar “went to bat” for Heyman with WWE officials, which isn’t a revelation by any means. Those two have worked together for over a decade at this point. When Heyman came back and worked with CM Punk, a heel turn was created and he aligned with Lesnar during his run towards the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak.
Now, life is good for wrestling fans. The new era is proving to be more than a recycled idea with a WWE Draft and brand split. Lesnar made his presence felt this past week on WWE television. First off, he came to WWE Raw with Heyman to address the viper in the room. The legendary advocate cut an amazing promo just to have Orton appear and hit the Beast Incarnate with an RKO outta nowhere.
Thankfully, Paul Heyman was able to negotiate properly with the WWE and he did sign a contract. Without Heyman, Lesnar’s luster in the eyes of the WWE Universe just isn’t as powerful.
No matter how big or strong the former-WWE champion is, he just cannot talk and hold himself up verbally. That’s why they are truly the dynamic duo. They are arguably just as good as Andre the Giant and Bobby Heenan. Both teams had the same impact on the business and the good part is, Lesnar and Heyman aren’t done.
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