The below video is part of a Q&A session of Sam Robert’s live Podcast at Carolines in NYC. Paul Heyman’s role on WWE television is to be the “advocate” or “manager” for the WWE wrestler and ex-UFC champion Brock Lesnar. Pauls other role is to promote Brock Lesnar’s match at Summerslam and to increase pay per view buys. During the Q & A Paul answers a unrelated question about an unresolved storyline with WWE superstar “Cesaro”. Paul seamlessly transitions from answering the question, turning it into a promo for the Summerslam pay per view.
The lesson here, is that there is always a sales pitch. Watch and learn.
Part two: Why the WWE deserves your respect
I am a fan of the WWE. I purposely said fan of the WWE and not a fan of wrestling because the WWE is the only promotion that I actively follow. Calling myself a wrestling fan would be an insult to the millions of fans that follow other great promotions such as New Japan Pro Wrestling, Chikara and Ring of Honor.
I have a deep admiration for the wrestlers. Week in and week out, they perform unparalleled feats of athleticism. They are constantly on the road. They are away from their families, and they put their bodies on the line to entertain us fans.
They represent their company at all times. They are in the public eye 24/7. They cannot afford to slip up and damage the WWE’s reputation.
I was fortunate enough to attend a recent WWE event. Also in attendance, was a father with his son. He had too much to drink and started heckling the superstars. There is a difference between interacting, and being disrespectful. This person was extremely disrespectful. There were children in the audience, and the “fan” proceeded to yell sexist remarks towards the female performers and non-PG, personal insults to some of the guys. The WWE superstars kept their cool, choosing not to acknowledge the heckler and instead focused on entertaining the rest of us fans.
It takes a thick skin to be a WWE superstar, next to the physical attributes, they require mental toughness.
Even if you are not a wrestling fan, the WWE superstars deserve your respect.
I also have a deep appreciation for the WWE’s creative team. The WWE creative team does not have an offseason. The WWE creative team MUST come up with storylines for multiple hours of television for every week of the year. We as “smark” fans think we know the business and tend to complain and whine about the storylines. We fail to appreciate the creativity that the WWE consistently provides us on a weekly basis.
One common complaint is that the wrestler John Cena never changes. John Cena rarely loses “clean” even in the most dire of situations. He kicks out of multiple finishers, he never taps out of submissions. The only way to beat John Cena is to have Jon Stewart beat him with a chair. The common misconception is that by never losing John Cena makes other superstars look bad. If you are one of the fans that feel that way, consider the following.
John Cena is an idol to millions of young children around the world. John Cena recently fulfilled his 500th wish for the make a wish foundation. John Cena is sending a message to our youths. John Cena’s message is work hard, be loyal and always be respectful.
WWE ‘s booking reflects this message.
Sometimes the bad guys cheat to win but ultimately the good guys prevail, John Cena comes out on top and continues to inspire millions of young children around the world.