Paul Heyman Honors New Jack: ‘He Was The Most ‘Gangsta’ Of All Us ‘Gangstas”

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Paul Heyman paid tribute to New Jack after the extreme wrestling legend passed away at the age of 58 on Friday. Although the late ECW star never competed in a WWE ring, Heyman being the former ECW operator took the closing minutes of last night’s Talking Smack to say the follow words about one of his ECW OGs.

“I was asked before this show went on the air if I would like to say a few words about the passing of ECW Original New Jack and I avoid eulogies as best I can because any time I’m faced with them, the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘Hey, this sucks and there is no good spin I can put on it,'” Heyman started off with.

“When I heard that New Jack had passed away, my hope was that New Jack had turned to his wife and said, ‘Hey, I’d like to read my own obituary. Call a bunch of people and tell them that I died and then everybody’s gonna make a big fuss about it and I’ll read about my own life,’ and then at some point this weekend, they’d sell a bunch of t-shirts and he’d sit there and go, ‘Gotcha’ because that’s what New Jack would do and apparently it’s not so, which sucks and usually when we would pay tribute to somebody here in WWE we’d show a lot of footage of that person and to be blunt, we can’t show you a lot of footage of New Jack because he was the most non-PG performer in sports entertainment history because New Jack was a ‘gangsta’ and everybody who was a fan of ECW, that came to see ECW who watched ECW knew that fact from the moment his music hit and no, we never had rights to use his music. Why? Because he was the most ‘gangsta’ of all us ‘gangstas.’

Heyman closed up his eulogy by stating the following and throwing up an “X” to tip the cap to the late Jerome Young.

“It’s over 20 years ago and anybody that ever saw New Jack perform live or heard him cut a promo understood just how real he was. Jerome Young was quite an individual, but deep in his heart he was every bit of New Jack that he could offer you. I wish you all a most ‘extreme’ weekend, ‘gangsta’ style.”

Transcription credit shouold go to @DominicDeAngelo of WrestleZone

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