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Paul Heyman on 20th anniversary of ECW Barely Legal PPV, Taz vs. Sabu storyline

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Paul Heyman on 20th anniversary of ECW Barely Legal PPV, Taz vs. Sabu storyline



Paul Heyman appeared on Busted Open with Dave LaGreca and Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley) on Thursday 20 years after ECW’s very first PPV Barely Legal. He commented on the event itself 20 years later, Bubba Ray shattering his ankle and finishing the match (including taking Total Elimination for the pin) and most interestingly gave his thoughts on keeping Taz and Sabu apart for an entire year leading up to their grudge match at the paper and why we don’t see “slow burn” feuds like that anymore.

Heyman said that if you watch the first episode of “Dallas,” which was a TV series with Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy then you would have seen the first episode, and the first two seasons until JR got shot, were all self-inclusive. He said that they all ended with cliffhangers so the way they always left off was making you wanting more but each episode told a story that was self-inclusive. He said that the art of storytelling is where they came up with all of the things with Sabu and Taz. He said that every week they could tell a story but the story continued and that you knew that ultimately these two were going to have to fight. He said that to have a babyface like Sabu, who never ever answered the challenge, and to have a heel like Taz tell a story, it makes you think there’s merit to his argument. He said that he understands why Taz is so bitter but he cannot see what makes Taz’s character so angry. He said that it was something that he had not been done before.

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He said why it was such a slow story to tell was that every week you were waiting for Taz to drop a bomb that could affect Sabu. He said that fans were so busy waiting on Sabu telling the audience he was doing some good but he never did. He said that every time Taz said something you think Taz is right while he is victimizing Mikey Whipwreck or Pablo Marquez or the Dudley Boyz or Rob Van Dam or anybody. He said that Taz is victimizing everybody and anyone in the company, and it’s all in the name of Sabu. During that time, Taz is victimizing these people and motivation it’s the catalyst and it’s proper and he has the right to be mad. He said that once you get these storylines then it’s easier to tell another chapter. He noted that the hardest part is the first five or six weeks because you get them that close to each other and they knew at November to Remember ’95 that when they got into the ring together at the same time then you could never see them this close until they squared off. He noted that then it became a game but also challenging as it is art. “We enjoyed the storyline as much as people enjoyed watching.”

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Busted Open can be heard weekdays from 2p-4p ET only on SiriusXM Rush Channel 93 and anytime on the SiriusXM app. You can listen to the audio clip here:

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