Paul Heyman Comments On Vince McMahon Retirement
Paul Heyman worked with and against Vince McMahon for nearly 30 years
With Vince McMahon’s retirement at the end of July, the wrestling world is still dealing with a landscape without Vince McMahon as the most prominent booker for the first time in 40 years.
Plenty of McMahon’s employees past and present have commented on his legacy, and one-time rival Paul Heyman has had his say, saying the following during an appearance on the MackMania podcast:
“I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Vince McMahon,” Heyman said. “What a hypocrite I would be to say anything less than extraordinarily complementary about that man. His work ethic, his willingness to put in 20, 22 hours a day, every day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for 40 years is why we are all fabulously wealthy, and will never get the credit nor the understanding that he deserves and that he earned.
“Fully supportive of the new regime. They understand the task at hand and the people that are involved right now at steering this ship were prepared to steer this ship by Vince McMahon. When I took the job as executive director, I asked Vince, ‘What is the greatest service that I can give this company in this role?’ His answer was, ‘Get your successor ready in case you drop dead, because the show goes on with or without you.’ And he looked me straight in the eyes and he says, ‘Because the show goes on without me. With or without me.’ And he meant it.”
With Vince gone, Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan have become co-CEOs of WWE, whilst Triple H has bee instated as head of creative:
“Everyone right now who is steering this ship was prepared to steer this ship by Vince himself,” Heyman reiterated, “which makes me very comfortable in their vision and their hopes and dreams and desires and their new vision… which should not be Vince’s vision, it should be their vision. Because Vince’s vision wasn’t his father’s vision - it’s his vision. And he created a universe in an image that he believed in, and those who are now running the show will create the progression of that universe into the next generation of that universe based on the things that they agreed with and the things that they disagreed with.”
H/T: Wrestling Inc.