Heyman on Watts: “It’s Shameful That a Racist Should be Rewarded”

Nick Paglino

The following is an excerpt from an interview conducted by Slam Wrestling! with former WWE/WCW and ECW personality Paul Heyman. You can read the entire piece if you click here.

"Heyman says his first true encounter with brutal anti-Semitism was an encounter with legendary booker "Cowboy" Bill Watts, who the WWE has chosen to be inducted in its 2009 Hall of Fame, just a few short months after America elected its first African-American President.

"I’d never met Watts before," Heyman recalled with a terse lip. "The first time I met him was when he became the head of WCW. We weren’t two minutes into our conversation when he asked me where my beanie was [referring in an offensive way to a yarmulke]. He then started comparing me to a manager back in the day called Izzy Slapowitz."

Heyman half-laughed, "I could see we were really going to get along just great!"

According to Heyman, he says this was the first of numerous anti-Semitic remarks he had to endure while working for Watts.

"After a televised wrestling show, the ratings came in, and Watts was livid," Heyman remembered. "This was during the storyline with Madusa [Miceli]. Our segment was the highest rated segment of that program … and Watts says — in front of a room full of people — how pissed off it makes him that a Jew and a cunt drew the highest rating of the show. He felt it was the downfall of the wrestling business."

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