Paul Heyman has discussed the possibility of him doing a podcast and says there’s a concept within WWE for him to present a show with “free reign.”
Heyman may spend most of the time carrying the now unified title belts of The Tribal Chief Roman Reigns but he is a hugely influential figure in the pro wrestling world and excitingly for fans, he often isn’t one to shy away from difficult topics.
That’s why many fans would love to see Paul Heyman join the congested world of wrestling podcasts and hear his unfiltered thoughts on the wrestling business as he sees it.
Speaking to Richard Deitsch on the Sports Media podcast, Heyman discussed that very notion and says talks have happened in WWE about the company producing such a show and he also revealed that he almost signed on to host a podcast before his WWE return in 2012:
“I think I’m self-censored anyway because there is so much to say on any subject and only so much time to say it. I understand that there is diplomacy involved in what I’d have to say, but I’d be honest and say, ‘it does no good to discuss this at this time because to get in-depth on this would cause too much of a ripple effect.’ I would say that if asked on a podcast.”
“I have been dabbling with the idea of a podcast since probably 2010, maybe 2011, I was inches away from doing one with Ariel Helwani. This was before I returned to WWE. He would cover Mixed Martial Arts and I would cover pro wrestling/sports entertainment and then we’d switch during the podcast and show the other perspective. At the last second, we pulled out of that deal.”
“I’ve come very close a couple of times and decided not to do it despite an enormous amount of money being thrown my way about it. There is a concept to do it now. It would be with WWE. It would be uncensored by them. Free reign. It’s being talked about. It’s not the first time we’ve talked about it. We’ve talked about it multiple times over the past few years. I’m not going to do it unless it’s done right. It would have to be done right.”
Paul Heyman was then asked if presenting a podcast would see him face a conflict of interests and he added that he wouldn’t do it if he had to censor himself:
“100%, that’s why it would be so much fun. Watching my A, navigate the conflict and B, pushing up against it. I won’t do it if it’s not done right. I wouldn’t compromise. I wouldn’t compromise my alleged integrity just for the payday, nor to do the podcast and then have to shy away from things.”
“If there are things to address, I’ll address them. If I’m not allowed that opportunity, I wouldn’t do it because I wouldn’t be able to do it right. If I were to do a podcast, it would have to be uninhibited, uncensored, ‘we want you to give your take and we want it to be you, and the rules be damned.’ That’s what I would do or I won’t do it.”