Brock Lesnar set the stage for a split on Raw last Monday (July 30), and there have been reports of Paul Heyman working with the red brand’s writing team and helping with promo class down at the Performance Center. It seems more and more likely The Advocate will stick around even if he loses his most famous client (sorry Phil).
So what should he do?
Our crack video team of Cain A. Knight and Stef Hatala have a few ideas, and I’ve got a few others below their discussion. Plus, we of course want to hear/read yours.
My main contribution are a couple caveats:
- Brock has to leave, or there has to be a definitive split of the two. Cesaro and Curtis Axel eventually found their roles in WWE after being Heyman Guys, but they basically had to overcome the time they spent as Paul’s secondary concerns rather than being helped by his advocacy. We shouldn’t try having a wrestler stand next to Heyman while he reminds us how great Lesnar is ever again.
- It should be someone established, and on the cusp of the main event already. Could Heyman talk up a newcomer or a repackaged veteran as they climb the ladder? Sure, given the right overall creative environment. But that’s a fickle thing only one man has control over. We’re used to Paul on the first and last segments of Raw, and that’s where he should stay.
Another pretty obvious one, but that doesn’t make it a bad idea. Turn Bob and this would basically be a remix of the Lesnar partnership, only with the wrestler actually being around every week. Sounds good to me.
I hear you already, “KO doesn’t need a mouthpiece!” But neither did Punk, and that worked out okay. Like the Straight-Edge One, what Owens needs is someone to get Vince McMahon, et al to treat him as more than the guy who puts over the guy... at least when “the guy” isn’t The Rock or Undertaker. Having help running his mouth might do that for the Prizefighter.
A MMA Horsewomen Stable... without Ronda Rousey
This one seems to violate my own caveat #2, but since this dream team would feud against a pissed off Rousey, I think it still counts as a main event role. Align Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke with someone else with mixed martial arts experience or a MMA gimmick - say, Sonya Deville? Have them show up on Raw pissed off that the discussion of female cagefighters-turned-pro wrestlers begins and ends with Ronda. Heyman is their J.J. Dillon. Rowdy is now Dusty Rhodes (except she probably wins all the time). Sit back and cash the checks.
There’s our fantasy booking for a Heyman Guy or Gal(s).