Paul Heyman is an American professional wrestling manager, former promoter, photographer, and executive. He is currently signed to WWE, where he is appearing on the SmackDown brand as the "special counsel" and the "wise man" for Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
Born in The Bronx to a family of Holocaust survivors, Heyman debuted in the professional wrestling business in 1986. He was the CEO and known as the creative force behind the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) promotion from 1993 until its closure in 2001. Before owning ECW, he was a manager under the ring name Paul E. Dangerously in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and other promotions. He is the co-owner of the Looking4Larry Agency in New York City, and was personally named one of Advertising Age's Top 100 Global Marketers.
In WWE, Heyman has managed or has served as manager for a record six world champions: The Big Show, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, CM Punk, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Critics have praised his abilities at managing and on the microphone. Heyman has also competed sporadically in matches, including the WWE Championship main event of the 2002 Rebellion pay-per-view.