Paul Heyman has revealed that he signed a new “long-term agreement” with WWE back in 2021.
With the rise of AEW, there has been an ever-increasing interest in the contractual status of stars in WWE as well as in Tony Khan‘s promotion.
This interest reached a peak in 2021 with Superstars such as Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole moving to AEW, while the company also held an interest in Kevin Owens before he signed a new deal with WWE.
Into 2022, and former AEW star Cody Rhodes is expected to return to WWE, with the sports entertainment giant also reportedly holding an interest in Jade Cargill, MJF, Wardlow and Ethan Page to name a few.
However, one figure who isn’t going anywhere is Paul Heyman. As the ‘Wise Man’ prepares to walk into WrestleMania 38 alongside his Tribal Chief Roman Reigns, he has revealed that he signed a new long-term contract with WWE in 2021.
Appearing on Sports Media with Richard Deitsch, Heyman explained why he kept negotiations behind closed doors, before breaking down how his new deal will work alongside his other projects.
“It was public knowledge that my contract came up last year and I kept it very close to the vest because I’m not one of these people that, A, want to negotiate in public and B, I’m reading an awful lot lately about who signed and for how long and how much, and I never want that to be me.
This much, I will say, I re-signed with WWE last year. It was a long-term agreement. They created a situation where I would have been a fool not to take them up on their offer. I’m locked in for a while.
This has been the case for a long time for me because I do outside projects because I like to multi-task and I’m very ADD and I can’t concentrate on one thing ever in my life. I have carve-outs to allow me to do other projects, which is also to WWE’s benefit because I’m locked in to WWE as well. I’m always gonna be, ‘that WWE guy is doing this outside project.’
I would never do anything that would betray my deal with WWE because they went out of their way to ensure I was here, I’m happy, I’m locked in, and we’re mutually satisfied with each other’s contributions,”
Paul Heyman has worked on and off with WWE since 2001. During this period, Heyman has been a key figure both on screen and backstage holding a important roles at different points. As well as managing the likes of Brock Lesnar, CM Punk and Roman Reigns, he has also been a commentator and at times heavily involved with the creative team.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.