A former WWE employee has revealed that they were once suspended over an altercation with Paul Heyman.
While there are some backstage fights that with live forever in wrestling infamy, think Bret Hart punching Vince McMahon at Survivor Series in 1997, others turned out to be more bluster than brawling.
It appears that there is now another entry into the latter category.
During an interview on the Cheap Heat podcast, former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz revealed that he once got into a “slap fight” with Paul Heyman which got both men suspended. While Gewirtz didn’t comment on what sparked the altercation, he noted that it wasn’t exactly Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield.
“You’ll love the chapter in the book where Paul [Heyman] and I get into an actual slap fight and get suspended from WWE. It was a — by the way, I get along great with Paul now.
Well, you know, ‘won the fight’, I don’t know [if I would say that]. You know that GIF of Jerry and George [from Seinfeld]? I think that was, you know… it wasn’t exactly [Mike] Tyson/[Evander] Holyfield.”
The book Gewirtz was referencing is his upcoming release “There’s Just One Problem: True Tales from the Former, One-Time, 7th Most Powerful Person in WWE.”
During the conversation, the former WWE writer also confirmed that he was the man who pitched the scrapped Brock Lesnar vs. Steve Austin match on Raw in 2002. The match never took place, and famously led to Austin walking out on the company.
During his time in WWE, Brian Gewirtz became best known for his work alongside The Rock. That partnership has also continued outside of the company, with Gewirtz working as the Senior Vice President of Seven Bucks Productions, the production company headed up by The Great One and Dany Garcia.
It was recently announced that the next project from the company, titled Tales From The Territories, will be coming to ViceTV in October.
H/t to POST Wrestling for the transcription.