August 5th, 2014 I went to my local Wal-Mart to purchase the long awaited WWE Documentary “Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman”, a 3 disc set on arguably one of the greatest minds in professional wrestling. This set was something wrestling fans have been wanting for years. Paul Heyman is a pioneer in the wrestling industry, so this set was a real treat. The first disc was the documentary, then disc two and three are promos from AWA, WCW, ECW, and WWE. His influence in each company is covered in depth.
The documentary started with notable names in professional wrestling giving their insight on the man Paul Heyman. Most of them had bad things to say and some had good things to say, but that’s the legacy that Paul has left on the wrestling world. Heyman decided as a teenager he wanted to be apart of the wrestling business, so he started a wrestling newsletter. At the age of 14 Heyman got a press pass for MSG which is where all of the WWF/E shows were held most of the time in the 70s, 80s, 90s and even today in 2014. Heyman was considered a snobby kid by other journalist and photographers because he held no regard to anyone he wanted his brand to be ahead of everyone elses. Another segment in the documentary covered “Extreme Championship Wrestling”, Heymans own company that brought an edge to wrestling that would push WCW and WWF to steal some of ECWs ideas to prosper.
The main aspect of the documentary was the direction it took. It covered Heymans career from the age of 14 with his own newsletter to the 80s and 90s as a behind the scenes promoter and manager to now as just an on-air talent. ECW would eventually be bought buy Vince McMahon and the WWF. Heyman would work for Vince on-air and also behind the scenes. After the purchase of ECW and WCW the WWF/E had no competition, so there was a brand extension. Raw and Smackdown were the two brands under the WWE umbrella. In 2002-2004 Heyman was put in charge of Smackdown as lead writer. Smackdown crushed RAW in reviews and ratings. Vince didn’t like that because RAW was the “A” Show and SD was the “B” show. There would be a fallout and Paul would be sent to OVW(WWE Developmental for young talent) and placed in charge there. The documentary show a cycle of his career that people don’t want to come second to him, so they kick him out. Which happened in Memphis, WCW, and WWE.
The documentary didn’t go to much in depth on certain situations, yet they put a lot of emphasis on those stories. His falling out with WCW because of Bill Watts being an alleged racist and that was supposedly why Heyman left the company. There was a lawsuit of some sort because of his departure. Paul said himself in the documentary that he would not go in depth about the situation. Another story that was unheard and never been revealed in WWE History that Shane McMahon the son of Vince McMahon was suppose to purchase ECW from Paul in 2000. Shane would have bought the company to keep it running and competing with WWE and also practice for Shane to run WWE when his father stepped down, but that never happened. The set would have been even better if those stories were more exposed.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman” overall is possibly top ten in my WWE DVD collection. The set is really enjoyable and easy to sit through. WWE really went all out with this set and let Paul Heyman “loose”. There is a TV-14 rating on the dvd, which is widely accepted and appreciated by the wrestling community. The final two discs of the set are even more appreciated because they are full of promos and Paul Heyman is one of the best of the mic in the history of professional wrestling. Paul explained that his kids are everything to him and they have helped him mature to become a more peaceful man and to let the past go.