Top WWE Star, Not Named Brock Lesnar, Responsible For Convincing Vince McMahon To Bring Paul Heyman Back To The Company, Weird Details About How Heyman Is "Representing" Brock Yet He Wasn't Even Aware Of The Deal Until Days Before It Happened, What Ultimately Changed McMahon's Mind Into Doing Something He Said He'd Never Do

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The return of Paul Heyman to WWE has been a real delicate matter and really shows how much stroke CM Punk has at this point, as it was only a few months ago that Vince McMahon wasn't willing to entertain any ideas involving Heyman, not even Heyman appearing in WWE '12 as Brock Lesnar's manager. Throw in the fact that Heyman and Brock aren't close anymore and this whole deal was fairly tricky.

Heyman recognized that with Brock Lesnar's limited amount of dates, there would certainly be a useful role for someone representing Lesnar to keep Lesnar relevant while he is away. Heyman urged Punk to pitch the idea and Punk was willing as he's always felt Heyman saved his job with WWE and they have remained relatively close.

Punk made the pitch directly to Vince McMahon and Vince brought it to the creative team for discussion. Typically, most people would be afraid to favor any idea involving Heyman since Vince has always shot them down, but since it was Punk presenting the idea, people felt safe being in favor of it. I'm told even while Vince had sworn up and down to never bring Heyman back, he recognized that as quickly as they'd been burning through dates on Brock, it wasn't worth continuing to hold the grudge and Vince realized bringing in Heyman was a logical and inexpensive way to keep Brock fresh in people's minds.

Other than Vince, his inner circle and Punk, almost nobody knew Heyman was coming in. Brock himself didn't even know until a few days before and according to a source close to him, didn't care one way or the other.  The feeling is Brock doesn't trust Heyman anymore and they aren't close, but he didn't try to stop him from coming in and was fine with it.

  • Doug

    What a soap opera!

  • Kim Kardashian

    all this drama and politics should be showed on TV.. Americans love drama and chaos… they'll get huge rating with this… rather than showing that crappy 5 min water down so called "wrestling"

  • Robi2184

    Punk = Creative Genius.

  • GaryRH19

    With all the reality TV that goes on these days, I'm surprised WWE hasn't done any behind the scenes shows. With one RAW and one SMACKDOWN taping each week, I'm sure there are real life story lines and things that happen backstage that could be a separate weekly show once a week all on its own and I'd be just as interested in that as I am the made-up written storylines from the two big shows.

  • Jim

    All this drama and its all over only one Superstar. Could you even imagine trying to deal with an entire locker room of these drama queens? Everyone with their own agenda. It would be insane!

  • Nefty131

    Can u say too many "combustible elements" in one area, too close for comfort? I wouldn't be surprised if things get ugly later on…