Does TNA Need Paul Heyman?

Chris Cash

TNA’s step back to Thursday nights after what can only be considered as a failed attempt on Mondays – despite how they try and spin it to the public – has got the wrestling "media" buzzing with hypotheticals.  One of the most popular questions is whether former ECW mastermind and highly acclaimed creative genius, Paul Heyman, could make TNA the true alternative to WWE they claim to be.

The most factual response I can give due to recent events: It sure as hell can’t hurt!

Bryan Alvarez of recently wrote the following:

"First things first, get rid of the morons who have been writing this show for years and find some people with a clue. It’s not that hard. Some of them have worked there before. Cornette. Dutch. Axe some dead weight and get Spike to chip in to make Paul Heyman a good offer. And I mean good, like seven figures. A booker with a clue is going to do more for this product long-term than any wrestler in the world as has been evidenced by a million name wrestlers coming in and being booked such that the show is doing an 0.5 on Mondays."

One thing Alvarez mentioned needs to be discussed.  Paul Heyman will expect every bit of seven figures to work for TNA, a company most could look at right now as a sinking ship.  And the money part is just the tip of the iceburg in what I’d assume is a laundry list of "extras" that Mr. Heyman would ask for in negotiations.

How do I know this?  Because despite what I think of Paul Heyman and his ability to write and book and/or produce an entertaining wrestling show, the one thing I do know is that he’s smart. 

How long has Heyman already lasted since his WWE departure without going to TNA?  Even more, have you seen Paul at any of these conventions or autograph signings?  Reunion shows?  Any shoot interviews out there with Paul that I don’t know about?  You can check, but I’m pretty sure the answer is no.

Paul Heyman knows that perception is reality.

Does Paul believe he can go to TNA and turn it around?  Does he believe that he can make it a striving company financially?  Does he honestly think he can make it viable competition for Vince McMahon’s behemoth of a company?  Probably, but who knows?

The one thing Heyman does realize is that the longer he waits, the longer others try and fail, and the longer people talk about him, the better the chances are that he’ll get what he wants in the end.

The last option is typically offered the best deal.


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