It's very rare for a manager to steal the spotlight from two of wrestling's biggest superstars, but Paul Heyman has done that very thing.
The Tribal Chief would once again emerge on top, but it was Heyman that the fans should acknowledge. He has been the key figure in this rivalry, which looks like it's not quite over yet.
Heyman's presence and persona is what has made this conflict so crucial to the WWE Universe.
In a story that could not have ended any more perfectly, Heyman appeared to throw the title belt in the ring to help his former protege win. But he pulled it off perfectly, as he left the audience wondering where his allegiance truly is. It was another superb move by one of the most brilliant minds in wrestling history.
Throughout his career, Heyman has pretty much done it all. At times he's been a manager, announcer, promoter, booker, and (yes) even an in-ring performer.
While Heyman made his name as the manager of The Dangerous Alliance, the godfather of ECW, and the mentor of several performers, he may be at his very best as a performer right now. He's easily one of the best talkers in the business and still knows how to throw gasoline on the fire when it's time to stoke it.
WWE Crown Jewel proved once again that Paul Heyman is incredible at getting a reaction from the crowd. He played his role perfectly and continued to string along with the best storyline the promotion currently has going on right now.
While he may have his detractors, there is no doubting that Heyman will go down as a true genius in terms of the psychology of the wrestling business. He understands how to grab the crowd in the palm of his hands, hold them there, and let them go... just when the time is right. That's a gift that not many people have.
While we can't be sure what will become of this storyline, one thing is for certain: Paul Heyman will be at the center of it, and he will entertain us the whole way. He's proven that time and time and continues to do so to this day.
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