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Would WWE benefit from an increased focus on managers with wrestlers?
Managers used to be a pretty important staple in WWE, you have the likes of Bobby Heenan, Paul Bearer, Ted DiBiase and Paul Heyman. All of who are very successful managers and have a made a name for themselves in the business. Heyman is still a major part of the wrestling business today. Whilst Managers are still around, they are not as much of an integral part of WWE as they used to be. The managers they do have however, have potential. For example, Zeb Colter who is managing the Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) plays his role to perfection and brings a nice dynamic to the team. He has the ability to make people hate him and is very creative with what he says and does to gain heat. A team like the Real Americans, need an extra boost to bring interest in the team. With Colter managing them, I have grown to appreciate the team more and could see them as future WWE Tag Team Champions.
Another Manager still around is Paul Heyman, a well known figure in Wrestling and an integral figure of ECW. In more recent times, he has managed the likes of Brock Lesnar and CM Punk, who are both top stars in WWE. CM Punk continues to be on the rise, whilst Lesnar has returned better than ever. Heyman has always had brilliance, and has been able to make most of the Wrestlers he's managed shine better than ever. He has a certain aura about him that cannot be matched, and he knows exactly how to draw a reaction from the fans. Having a Manager can help define a star and sometimes it's just what a wrestler needs by their side. There are tons of potential in the WWE and a ton of new stars, who could benefit strongly from some form of Manager.
An example of this is Wade Barrett. He's currently not appearing on Television, and when he started he was being debated as a potential World Heavyweight Champion. Barrett has brilliant intensity, and is able to hold his own in the ring with top stars, but he's not been able to get off his feet. Having a Manager by his side, could be just the boost Barrett needs to finally make a real name for himself. Personally, I have always visioned Heyman taking Barrett under his wing and making him shine, because being with just Heyman alone is a great rub for most wrestlers and it gives them an open door to walk through and make the most of the opportunity to show what they're made of. Barrett has the look, the ability and great mic skills but he just needs that extra edge. That's most Wrestlers need, to take themselves up to the next level.
I feel Managers should become a major staple once again in WWE, at times WWE has hit gold with their choice of Manager. Before AW was fired, he was a great addition to The Primetime Players consisting of Darren Young and Titus O'Neil and as I mentioned earlier, Zeb Colter has taken the Real Americans to a new level. There a ton of wrestlers also, with top notch wrestling ability, but not so great mic skills. Having a Manager by their side, means they can keep it short and sweet whilst the Manager does the important parts. An example of this is Lesnar and Heyman, Lesnar has never been known to have fantastic mic skills, more of a beast in the ring. Heyman did the talking, whilst Lesnar did the fighting. That's how a Manager can make a difference.
The above is an example of the chemistry Lesnar and Heyman have, and how a Manager can get across with better execution what a Wrestler wants to say. I feel WWE would benefit greatly, with more of a focus on Managers, but they have to make sure that chemistry is there. Without it, you soon see the downsides to a pairing, a recent example is Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman. Heyman is a proven successful manager, but the two did not have chemistry and therefore Axel didn't show success. It was a mismatch that didn't work. WWE has the potential for a ton of brilliant pairings, with the talent they have available. It just has to flow correctly.