Paul Heyman @HeymanHustle stepped into the ring in Madison Square Garden Thursday night to face @Ryback22 of all people. Ryback won. Shocked? The point here is that even though Heyman likely knew that this encounter wouldn’t work out favorably for the New York native, he likely fulfilled a bucket list moment by being in a match in ‘The Garden.’ Happy Heyman started his career as a teen photographer in MSG back in the day some 25+ years ago.
I had my moment in the ring in MSG many years ago against HHH in the final segment of Monday Night Raw. I can always pull an old timer quote out of my black hat and say, “Yeah, I closed the show, sold out by the way, in the main event in ‘The Garden,’ got bloodied up and still got my hand raised. (Thanks to Batista. ) I will freely admit that night was the most apprehensive evening of my career as a talent on any level. I was in foreign territory, the ring, in the World’s Most Famous Arena against a future Hall of Fame talent who had the challenge of not killing his in ring persona or me. Thanks to the abundant talent of HHH neither issue occurred. My wife was a little concerned as my appearance after the bout wasn’t too PG. The athletic commission doctor wanted to put 6 or 8 stitches in my head but I declined, he seemed disinterested and reminded me of a veterinarian, and instead I had him glue the cut closed. It wasn’t like it was going to affect my modeling career or any thing.
I enjoy my guest shots on the NXT broadcasts and one never knows when WWE will utilize me for selected events in the future. As I said in my last blog, if I only make one appearance on WWE TV or PPV, other than NXT, in 2013 I hope it’s at WM29 because it means so much to me personally. But if that doesn’t happen I’ve had my ‘run’ that I’m very proud of and blessed to have had.