According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter on Thursday, Paul Heyman could be on his way out of the WWE. Heyman’s contract has reportedly expired and he was not mentioned last Tuesday on the inaugural SmackDown Live which played host to the WWE Draft.
While Heyman is not an in-ring performer for WWE, but rather considered to be a protege or manager, his latest client in heralded superstar Brock Lesnar was drafted to Monday Night Raw without his longtime sidekick. Typically, as was the case this time around as well, coupled talent are drafted as one unit rather than separate entities.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass, Rusev and Lana and, the New Day — among several others — are three of the notable alliances in which the recent brand split did not force apart last Tuesday, leading to the speculation surrounding Heyman and his contract.
The now 50-year-old arrived in WWE back in 2001 after notably running Extreme Championship Wrestling, better known as ECW. With ECW closing up shop in 2001, Heyman signed on with WWE and remained with the company until 2006. However, he would once again return in 2012.
WWE has made an official statement on the matter.