Posts Tagged ‘Heyman Hustle’

Gabe Sapolski on CM Punk & Daniel Bryan

December 21, 2011

Gabe Sapolski shares some interesting anecdotes about CM Punk and Daniel Bryan’s ROH tenures over at Heyman Hustle. It’s a brief but excellent read. Here’s an excerpt:

On CM Punk

It had been planned since 2004 for CM Punk to become ROH World Champion in the summer of 2005. Then one spring day Punk walked into my office in Bristol, PA and said that WWE offered him a developmental deal and he was going to take it. I tried to play it cool, and I knew Punk would end up in WWE one day, but this floored me and caught me totally unexpected. Punk was by far our biggest merchandise seller, he was a main eventer and all plans were set on him to carry the company.

On Daniel Bryan

Bryan was a talent I depended on from the very first ROH show to my exit from the company in October, 2008. In fact, he main evented that first ROH show, which also happened to be the first show I ever booked. Bryan matured and grew with the company, constantly being an “ace” and backbone of the promotion. No one was more respected by his peers. I call him the number one guy in ROH history. When the “tie” incident took place and Bryan departed WWE in 2010, I was fast to hire Bryan in the new promotions I was booking- EVOLVE and Dragon Gate USA.

*picture courtesy of CM Punk’s twitter.

When Paul Met Brock

October 23, 2010

Paul Heyman posted a new blog today on how he and Brock Lesnar became friends.  Here’s an excerpt:

I was only behind-the-scenes in WWE. I had successfully navigated my way off television after Survivor Series, but was about to go back on-air as “agent” for Chris Benoit, who was going to turn heel (villain) at Wrestlemania in Toronto.

It was actually Taz who introduced us. Brock was being given lame advice by jealous and envious veterans, and Taz knew it. Even though he was 5’8”, 248 pounds, Taz had convinced the public he was what only Brock could legitimately claim to be. The man with most legitimate claim to being the best fighter in the world.

That meeting changed my life.

I ended up being switched from Benoit to Brock. It turned out to be the biggest on-air break of my career. With the possible exception of the notoriety and recognition that comes along with being the “man behind the curtain at the Original ECW,” the on-air association with Brock Lesnar has been what most people know me for.

Hey, that’s my Hustle.

*picture courtesy of the awesome cagesideseats

Gabe Sapolsky on Daniel Bryan, EVOLVE and life as a booker

September 2, 2010


From an exclusive on the Heyman Hustle:

Ex-ROH booker, Gabe Sapolsky, sheds some light on a number of subjects as well as what happened when he found out that Daniel Bryan/Bryan Danielson was scheduled to appear on the main event at Summerslam in his exclusive post for the Heyman Hustle.  I only pasted a small portion of this below because I really encourage you to read the whole piece. Here’s a small excerpt from an entertaining and very insightful read:

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