It’s still real to him. Earlier this year, Paul Heyman was fired as the Executive Director of Monday Night Raw. This was the latest in a long series of shakes up in WWE with Heyman outlasting his SmackDown counterpart Eric Bischoff by a wide margin. Heyman’s time on top may vary depending on your tastes, but now we know a little something extra about his tenure.

Heyman is one of the more interesting characters in wrestling history as he has done a little bit of everything. He started back in the territory days, then went to the national promotion with WCW and most famously ran his own promotion with ECW. One thing that stuck out was his ability to find things to fight about, which has been both a blessing and a curse. Heyman is known to have issues with people and things, which was the case again in his most recent gig.

According to Fightful Select, Heyman considered Monday Night Raw and SmackDown to be actual rival shows. Heyman worked to beat SmackDown, including focusing on building up new and upcoming stars. This included names such as Murphy, Austin Theory, Angel Garza and more. There is no word on if WWE viewed this as a positive or negative aspect of Heyman’s tenure.

Heyman had some talent. Check out some of his moments plus the names he was pushing:

Opinion: This does sound like something that Heyman would do and while it doesn’t exactly work out all that well, if it helped him get more motivated for his job then so be it. Heyman certainly has his fans, but given how Monday Night Raw was performing in the ratings, there was only so much that he could point to as far as a success goes. Heyman has been influential, but at some point you need to have the numbers backing it up and that wasn’t the case this time around.

What did you think of Heyman’s time in charge of Monday Night Raw? Did the rivalry make sense? Let us know in the comments below.

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