Paul Heyman has opened up about is feelings regarding a potential induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Steve Austin and The Undertaker.
While Austin enjoyed one more match with Kevin Owens, The Undertaker said farewell to his wrestling career in fine style by being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
One man who has been instrumental in the careers of both men is Paul Heyman. The current Special Counsel to the Tribal Chief managed both men while with WCW, and continued to work with them and sometimes against them, over the next three decades.
Speaking to 101 WRIF, Heyman reflected on his history with the pair of WWE legends.
“First of all, Stone Cold Steve Austin was managed by me in WCW before he came to WWE,”
In between WCW and WWE, Steve Austin stopped off in ECW, which I owned at the time. So I’ve known Steve Austin for over 30 years and I’m very proud of him and I thought it was very smart for him to wrestle his last match instead of stepping up and trying one more run against The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.
“As for the Undertaker,” he continued. “I’ve managed him as well in WCW. As he has revealed in the past few weeks during some interviews, I was one of the people that facilitated his move to WWE and to become The Undertaker, and I also applaud his decision to enter the Hall of Fame, signifying the end of The Undertaker’s career, before he got itchy, and decided to step up one more time against The Tribal Chief, to get smashed, the same way Brock Lesnar did at WrestleMania this past Sunday.
So I have enjoyed both Austin and Undertaker’s final bow, and I encourage others to take final vows before they step into the ring with Roman Reigns and get hurt.”
When addressing his own legacy, Heyman admitted that while he’s currently putting together a Hall of Fame run, talk of an induction can wait, at least for now.
“Yeah, I have absolutely no desire to go into the Hall of Fame. Well, I am the ‘Special Counsel’ to ‘The Tribal Chief’ Roman Reigns. I’m putting together a Hall of Fame run simply based on what we do as The Undisputed Champion right now, let alone everything else that has been accomplished beforehand. So while we’re in the middle of this run, it would make no sense for me to go into the Hall of Fame,”
At WrestleMania 38, Paul Heyman stood alongside Roman Reigns as he became Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, overcoming his former charge Brock Lesnar. On the following episode of SmackDown, Reigns declared his intention for the Bloodline to dominate WWE, with the Usos unifying the Tag Team Championships.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.