ESPN’s Ariel Helwani had the opportunity to get a rare interview this week for his podcast and YouTube channel.
Right off the bat, Helwani asked Heyman why he is no longer the Executive Director of Monday Night Raw. Heyman said, “I served at the pleasure of the Chairman Vince McMahon and there came a day I was no longer at the pleasure of the Chairman Vince McMahon. When I took the role of Executive Director, I made an agreement with Vince McMahon. I want this job as long as every morning Vince McMahon woke up, he said thank God or whatever deity he subscribes to [that] Paul Heyman is looking after the store on Raw. And the day that Vince McMahon didn’t wake up and feel that way, I didn’t want the job anymore. I’ve been in a similar role when Vince was not happy with me and it’s a miserable existence. I didn’t want it and apparently on that day on that given time and given moment, Vince didn’t wake up that morning thanking whatever deity he subscribes to that Paul Heyman was in charge of Raw. We left with a smile, a handshake, and a hug. Absolutely no harsh feelings and actually better feelings about each other because of the way that it ended because it’s ended miserably before. And proof positive of that is on the quarterly earnings call, when asked about Paul Heyman, Vince McMahon didn’t say ‘eh, we needed a new vision, eh we needed someone else, eh he ran his course, eh he was great but we had to go with this other person.’ Vince McMahon’s only comment was ‘I thought he did a great job creatively.’ My run in terms of serving at the pleasure of the chairman was up and then this opportunity presented itself both for me, for Roman and for WWE and we all jumped on it.”
When asked whose idea it was for Heyman to be paired with Reigns, Heyman says that he believes that this was in the works for 8 years dating back to when Reigns was part of The Shield. Reigns said he’s been associated with Reigns in some way since the beginning and it’s been talked about for years but the time was never right until this year.
There’s a lot more covered in the interview including Brock Lesnar’s UFC future, Daniel Cormier, and more.