Kurt Angle has discussed the merits of former ECW supremo Paul Heyman as both a commentator and as one of the best promos in the wrestling business.
Heyman joined WWE as the new colour commentator on Monday Night Raw in early 2001 as a direct replacement for Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. Lawler left the company after his then-wife Stacy ‘The Kat’ Carter was fired. Heyman stunned the wrestling world as he joined Jim Ross on the WWE’s flagship show despite his old company ECW still being weeks away from officially closing.
Angle was speaking on The Kurt Angle Show about his former manager and discussed his abilities on the microphone both at the announce desk and in the ring.
“Paul’s different, it’s not quite the same. Jerry’s [Lawler] more comical, Paul’s more of a serious commentator. But Paul’s words are fluid, they make sense, he’s very articulate. He’s one of the best commentaries I’ve ever heard, and not only that, he’s one of the best promo guys I’ve ever heard in the business. Paul Heyman knows how to put together a promo and he knows how to talk about wrestling better than anyone. He’s very well educated in it.”
Heyman stayed on commentary until after the ‘Invasion’ angle ended in late 2001. He was unceremoniously fired by Vince McMahon on Raw to be replaced by a returning Lawler. A few months later Heyman re-emerged the night after WrestleMania X8 on Raw. This time Paul Heyman was accompanying a debuting Brock Lesnar to the ring, beginning their long association.
In the years that followed Heyman has managed competitors such as Angle, Big Show, CM Punk, Ryback and is now associated with Roman Reigns. Heyman is noted for being one of the best promos in wrestling history by fans and colleagues alike. In addition, Heyman is often in the conversation of best wrestling managers alongside WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan.
Kurt Angle also discussed his Ultimate Submission match with Chris Benoit in 2001. Angle named two modern-day stars he said would be capable of replicating such a match. Also calling them the best technicians in the business.