Rob Van Dam left WWE last week after his latest stint with the company, but has still taken the time to speak about the influence Paul Heyman has had on the wrestling industry.
It was Heyman who helped Van Dam to become ECW champion back in 2006 when he was on the books of the company that has since been axed and even counted the pinfall when RVD beat John Cena for the WWE Championship at ECW One Night Stand in the same year.
The two have been good friends for years and Van Dam is obviously proud of how far Heyman has climbed in the company.
Praise for Heyman
"Paul reached a level he deserves in this business," he said.
"It's nice to see the respect given back and to see Paul where he's at right now. He's no longer in a place where people are trying to bury him and trying to put him out of business.
"Now they look at him with appreciation like he is of wrestling royalty because he is. I see him pulling some of the younger guys aside backstage, giving his advice to them. It makes me feel happy inside to know he's passing that along. There aren't too many guys that are at his level that has to offer what he has to offer. That's Paul... very special, one of a kind."
Even though the latest storyline saw Van Dam pitted against Heyman, he still has respect for the guy who believed in him and so far all Heyman guys - with the exception of Curtis Axel and Ryback - have reached dizzy heights within the WWE.
Heyman was behind Brock Lesnar when he ended The Undertaker's undefeated streak at Wrestlemania this year and when he became WWE world heavyweight champion at Summerslam.
Right now, Heyman is the best manager in WWE and arguably one of the best in history as far as statistics and accomplishments go.
Heyman is one of the best things about WWE, with his promos some of his best work. Having him talk for Lesnar was the best decisions WWE ever made and after the rap he delivered on Cena the week before 'the biggest party of the summer', fans have begun to notice how much talent Heyman has
Much like Bray Wyatt, Heyman can captivate an audience and have them holding onto his every word.
That is true talent, and even though unlike Bray, Heyman's promos are scripted he delivers them with such enthusiasm and energy and as RVD says, Paul is one of a kind and thankfully the fact that he is passing his knowledge on to the next generation gives WWE hope for the future.
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