• FOX Wanted To Help WWE In Signing CM Punk
According to the Wrestling Observer, WWE had no interest in bringing back CM Punk, but FOX Officials were highly interested in Punk’s return to WWE and joining SmackDown (which airs on FOX):
“Those in WWE continually said they had no interest in him. When it became clear there was a good chance of his going to AEW, FOX, who had a good relationship with him from signing him to WWE Backstage, wanted WWE to make an offer to him.
WWE supposedly responded saying that the money figure he wanted was too high.
FOX was so interested in him returning to WWE and not AEW, they responded by wanting to help out. But WWE officials then said there were other reasons they didn’t want him, the attitude issues and such.”
Punk ended up joining All Elite Wrestling and had his 1st pro-wrestling match after over 7 years at All Out, where he defeated Darby Allin.
• Old School Wrestling Manager Celebrates His Birthday
Old School Wrestling Manager Paul E. Dangerously (Real name: Paul Heyman) celebrates his 56th birthday today.
During his long illustrious career, Heyman worked for Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association (AWA), Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling which eventually turned into Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), before he became the promoter of the latter promotion.
After ECW folded in 2001, Paul joined Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE) where he worked on & off. He still works in WWE.
The most famous so called ‘Paul Heyman Guys’ ever were “The Beast” Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker (as “Mean” Mark), “Ravishing” Rick Rude, The Big Show, “Stunning” Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Heidenreich, The Original Midnight Express, The Dudley Boyz & Rob Van Dam.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL HEYMAN!