Paul Heyman is certainly one of the greatest minds in the professional wrestling industry. He has made his way through many of the promotions – some of which no longer exist – and now he enjoys an existence as one of the greatest wrestling minds around.

It was during an interview with Ariel Helwani of BT Sport, that Paul Heyman got into a discussion about Vince McMahon and just how he likes to conduct business. His approach, rather archaic to some, but perhaps effective in his own mind. Heyman weighed in, describing the man that subsidized ECW at the end of its run, and the man he has been working for for years. Metaphorically speaking, or rather using an analogy, he said:

“And much like everything else in this company, most of the culture is dictated by the chairman of the board, Vincent Kennedy McMahon.

Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s mindset is always, rip the Band-Aid off. [He’ll say] ‘Well what do we have to do this?’ ‘Well, you know, Vince, it’s going to be a slow process, and I think we’re going to get the glasses off of Helwani. And he’s going to get Lasik surgery, and he’ll probably want to do this around February. You know, February because glasses will be in… it’ll match his winter coats.’

[Vince will say] ‘Wait a minute. Helwani’s going to take off his glasses and get Lasik surgery, not wear glasses anymore?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘And do Lasik and not wear glasses anymore.’ ‘Yes’ [claps] ‘Thursday!’ …There is no time now, rip the Band-aid off.’

If you know you’re gonna do it, if you know that those glasses are coming off. If you know you’re not going to wear glasses on the air anymore as of February, the culture here is ‘Do it yesterday.’”

Vince McMahon’s system has been working for him, no matter how odd it may seem to some. These days, many would question that approach and also furthermore question its effectiveness. Especially considering the reaction to the massive amount of releases made by WWE this year.

*Thanks to E-Wrestling News for the quote.

Domenic Marinelli

Domenic Marinelli is an author and freelance writer/journalist. Some of his work has appeared in The Sportster, E-Wrestling News, Pro Wrestling News Hub, The Recipe,, Guilty Eats, Par Ex News, CFL News Hub, Daily DDT, XFL News Hub, as well as other print and internet publications. He is the author of Generic V, Summer of the Great White Wolf, His Old Tapes (stories & poetry), and so many others. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He's an avid reader and loves hiking.

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