Originally Posted by OldSchoolsCool
Now, although I don't overly agree with this post too much, I respect this one massively, your points are valid and have substance and has been said with knowledge, that it's just a matter of opinion really, there is a difference when people comment in regards to a matter of opinion with knowledge, or when they comment cause they don't know different so go with what they know, after seeing both and knowing both well, you can then, and only then ... put a perspective on these kinda things with an opinion, which I respect and that's why I like this post a lot!
But ... I do feel that you have slightly misjudged Heenan's skills to work a crowd, he knew how to do it at ringside so many times, or even while interfering with the wrestlers (including quite often his own talent, such as Andre or Perfect for example), not forgetting how he handled that whole Weasel Suit match against The Ultimate Warrior .... and the way he would deal (and take) the taunts too ... was very admirable, but again, I really do respect your post massively, though just wanted to mention this.
I understand where y'all coming from.
Heenan's presence and actions alone at ringside worked the crowd to a level Heyman isn't currently near. I was just referring to Heyman's promo ability in front of the live crowd that gives him a slight advantage in only that aspect. But, that's only because of the difference in promos today, compared to 25 years ago. I have no doubts that Bobby Heenan, with his same style, would be the top manager today.
But, the second paragraph in your post pretty much states why Heenan is a better manager and I agree with you.. He was at ringside and involved in angles for a reason. And, nothing against Heyman but Heenan was never placed in a situation where he got himself over more than the talent, something that Heyman doesn't have the luxury of doing, for whatever reason, with Curtis Axel.
Overall, considering what each man's purpose was, Heenan has to be the better one overall. He was more well rounded and served as more than an "agent" or motivational speaker. Just the little things like his mannerisms and cockiness when his charge was in control. And no matter what he did at ringside, he didn't take attention away from the action in the ring, he actually added to it.