Another familiar face made an appearance in Nashville this week when WWE held SummerSlam tryouts. As previously announced, Big E would be making an appearance at tryouts.
Ahead of his tribal leader Roman Reigns’ undisputed WWE Universal Championship defense this Saturday against Brock Lesnar, Reigns’ special counsel Paul Heyman also made an appearance at the SummerSlam Tryout event. As seen in the clip below, Heyman is seen speaking to the tryout crowd, giving them a taste of what he expects to see from them. He tells them to sell their name to him and make their name known instead of being known as a nickname or the number on their t-shirt.
Throughout his time in WWE, Paul Heyman has helped turn several talents into stars, such as current AEW World Champion CM Punk. Early in Punk’s WWE career, Heyman advocated for Punk to move from WWE’s developmental OVW to their third brand, ECW. Punk, of course, found success in his eight years with WWE, even forming an alliance with Heyman in the final years of his time with the company.
More recently, however, Paul Heyman was leading the “raw” side of things in WWE. During his time there, a star saw a boost in his career. Zelina Vega was featured more on Raw as the manager of Andrade, Angel, and Theory in the pandemic era. It was ultimately because of Paul Heyman.
Paul Heyman also served as the attorney for longtime friend-turned-rival Brock Lesnar. Heyman served as Lesnar’s manager in “The Beast”‘s original run in WWE from 2002 to 2004. Heyman returned to work with Lesnar when the Beast returned in 2012. Heyman arguably helped propel Lesnar’s career to status main event.
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