Paul Heyman has seen it all in the world of professional wrestling. Heyman began as a young photographer who faked credentials and snuck into events to get his foot in the door. Since then, he has been one of the greatest promoters, managers, and overall minds in the business.
Paul made national waves when he transformed ECW from a niche regional promotion to a national player. Heyman has worked with all the top stars in the business. It is safe to say that Paul Heyman knows a thing or two about what’s going on in the sport.
Paul Heyman recently spoke to the Sports Media podcast, where he gave his thoughts on AEW. Heyman doesn’t think it matters if he praises them when they do something good. The reason is that Paul doesn’t think they’re on WWE’s level yet.
“I have no problem putting AEW over if AEW does things that’s worth being put over. I don’t live in a bubble. I would also offer to anybody that wonders why I would b so willing to put over the competition…if you look at WrestleMania and you look at the fact that over the course of these two days, WWE has sold more tickets, and I have to call the two nights one event, we sold more tickets to this event, this WrestleMania than any other event in WWE history.
Combine the two nights. With that in mind, and the spectacle that this show will be, and you combine that with the worldwide publicity that it’s going to garner and the fact that the entire industry is focused on what’s going to happen at WrestleMania and therefore what comes out of WrestleMania, I would argue the case that I could sit here and praise AEW all day long, they can’t match what we’re about to do [at WrestleMania]. Until they are in a position to match what we do [at WrestleMania], I’m not that concerned with praising the competition because they are still a long way away from what we do and our level of success and our market dominance.
Do I watch AEW? of course I do, but I also watch everything else that’s out there as well. If I can get my hands on Buenos Aires Championship wrestling, I’d watch it. if I can get my hands on Antarctica All-Star Wrestling, if there is such a thing, I’d watch it. I watch anything to do with this industry.”
Paul Heyman is a true student of the game. His life has been surrounded by wrestling since he was a teenager. If AEW does something right, Paul has no problem putting them over. At the moment, he sees Tony Khan’s company as a distant second to WWE.
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