Paul Heyman took the blame for the failed Raw segment of not turning Brock Lesnar heel in Minneapolis, MN. During an interview with Brian Fritz of Sporting News, here’s what Heyman had to say:
“I’ll take full blame for it,” Heyman said. “I’ll tell you why. If I am, as people claim that I am, the best or one of the best or one of the greatest fill in the adjective of all time in terms of someone who can deliver a promo, and if I can go out in Chicago, right before WrestleMania, when CM Punk had just walked out and the 18,000 people in Chicago were hellbent and driven on hijacking that show — I opened the show coming out to Punk’s music, sit down in his pose, never raise my voice, shut them up, lure them in, get them to buy that I’m on their side, double cross them and sell them on Brock Lesnar versus Undertaker and shut down the CM Punk chant all without ever raising my voice — then I’m surely talented enough to go into Minneapolis and manipulate the crowd to say or do anything I want them to say or do.
“That’s my job. I am supposed to take an impossible situation and make it look easy. And if I am as good as people say that I am, and I dare suggest I’m better than that, then Minneapolis would have been just another story to add to the story of Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Ultimately, I failed in my task and I own up to my failures like a man and I accept them and I move forward. Lesson learned. If I’m faced with a similar situation again, I know what I would do differently but I’m surely not going to reveal it to the public because then they’ll know how I’m going to handle it.”
Vince McMahon was furious over how the segment went and actually made the call to end it early. This was the start of what has been a difficult build-up to Sunday's main event match between Lesnar at Goldberg at Survivor Series 2016. The only thing this bout has going for it is that their match at Wrestlemania XX was so bad there is no where to go but up.
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The interview is available in its entirety at this link.