WWE Magazine: What would the Paul Heyman of today say to the man in this photo?
Paul Heyman: “Wow, what an amazing future you have ahead of you, sir!” I can pinpoint when this was taken: May 1992, because I not only remember the suit, but that was one of my favorite telephones. And, as you can see, it had already been damaged because I cracked it over Sting’s head in Kansas City, while managing the U.S. Heavyweight Champion, Rick Rude. This was right before the dismantling of The Dangerous Alliance in WCW, so at this particular moment, I was on top of the world and, moments later, was about to face the greatest “fall from grace” of my career up until that moment.
WWE Magazine: What was the most important thing on your mind when this picture was taken?
Heyman: How I could keep “Stunning” Steve Austin under contract, because there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to become the single biggest star in the industry.
WWE Magazine: How different is Paul Heyman then from Paul Heyman now?
Heyman: I have the same ambition, drive and passion to create and be part of something extraordinary. I’m different because I know how to channel that energy much better. And I’m far smarter than I was 20 years ago because of how many times I’ve gotten my tuchas kicked, and I’ve learned a lesson from each and every beating — whether physically, emotionally or in business. That which does not kill you not only makes you stronger, but in my household, makes you smarter and far more dangerous than Paul E. Dangerously could ever have been.