Jim Ross believes Paul Heyman is “Hall of Fame-bound” and it’s just a matter of when WWE decides to induct him.
Ross worked with Heyman at the commentary table in both WWE and WCW, with Heyman having credited JR with being something of a mentor to him.
As well as doing colour commentary, Heyman’s career saw him in many roles in the wrestling business. He started off as a photographer at the young age of 13 before going on to write in magazines, and then became an on-screen manager for multiple wresters in the NWA and WCW.
In 1993, Heyman took over the creative direction of Eastern Championship Wrestling, later to become Extreme Championship Wrestling. The company is widely seen as having revolutionised wrestling with its edgy storylines and the wide array of wrestling styles and characters shown on its programming.
Following the closure of ECW, Heyman joined WWE where he returned to the commentary desk alongside JR before later becoming an authority figure and then concentrating on managing Brock Lesnar. He has also been a writer for the company as well as having other backstage roles.
Most recently, he has been the Special Counsel for Roman Reigns throughout the course of his dominant run as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
Jim Ross thinks Paul Heyman will be in the WWE Hall of Fame
With a career like Heyman’s it’s no wonder JR believes he will be in the Hall of Fame someday.
Speaking on his Grillin’ JR podcast, the AEW commentator was asked about the induction potentially happening in ECW’s home, Philadelphia when WrestleMania 40 is held there in 2024.
Ross said that anytime is a good time for it to happen.
“Any time is a good time for Paul Heyman to be inducted because he certainly earned those accolades. I have heard no talk about that. It’s an interesting question, and it certainly could happen.
“Heyman is Hall of Fame-bound. There’s no doubt about that. But I don’t know what the game plan is there.
“They seem to keep the Hall of Fame thing kind of under wraps, which I think is great. It’s just hard to say who’s gonna go where when you hear all these rumors, but Heyman deserves to go in anybody’s Hall of Fame.”
He went on to say that no matter where it happens, his speech will entertain whichever audience he is in front of.
“As far as Paul Heyman is concerned, he could go in any time, and it would work. So, fingers crossed for Paul.
“Hopefully, he gets in, and it’ll be a fun thing for him, and the audience in Philadelphia would be entertained. He’d have a great speech, so we will see how it all works out.”
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.