Former WWE Star Turned AEW Personality Sets Sights on Outdoing Paul Heyman as Best Manager Ever: “I Want to Take That Spot”

Published 10/26/2023, 10:00 AM EDT

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Pro wrestling has seen many managers over the years, but one name always comes at the top. Paul Heyman has managed some of the top names in the industry like Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Roman Reigns (currently managing), and more. Seeing his successful managerial career, many people look up to him as an inspiration.

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One such notable wrestling personality who idolizes Heyman is CJ Perry. During a recent interview, the former WWE star turned AEW personality said that she wants to outdo him and make a bigger name in the field.

CJ Perry claims Paul Heyman is the best wrestling manager of all time

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Perry recently had an interview with Chris Van Vliet. During the interview, Vliet asked him whether she wanted to wrestle again in the future. She responded by saying that she would rather manage wrestlers and turn them into champions than pursue championships and fighting.

She said, “I want to be the best of all time. I want to be the best wrestling manager of all time. I want to be when people think of like… people often want to be managed by Paul Heyman. Because he is one of the… He is the best manager of all time right now. I want to take that spot. And so I want people to be like, ‘I want CJ Perry to manage me.’”

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She added Heyman is one of the best managers in the history of pro wrestling. Thus, she wants to be as good as he is. She wants to be as capable as Heyman and even surpass him in that role. Perry recently returned to the pro wrestling business after a two-year hiatus. She is currently working for AEW.

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Perry has been in the pro wrestling business for a decade now. She started her pro wrestling career in 2013 when she signed a deal with WWE. She began her journey as a wrestling manager, managing Rusev (aka Miro) who is now her husband.

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After three years, she transitioned to a wrestler and had exceptional matches up until 2021. As a part of a mass release, WWE released her in 2021. WWE had no such problem with her. The Stamford-based promotion let her go due to COVID-19-related budget cuts.

For two years, she took a break from wrestling, meanwhile keeping herself busy doing other stuff. She returned to the industry recently in September. She made her AEW debut on All Out last month. Upon her return to wrestling, she resumed her prior managerial role under the name CJ.

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Monika Thapa

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Monika Thapa is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports, who brings a unique blend of fluency in language and passion for the sport to her writing. Having been a fan of WWE since her childhood, Monika writes thought-provoking articles that offer readers deeper insights into the lives of their favorite superstars. She believes that WWE superstars present valuable life lessons that readers can learn from, as seen in her recent piece on Ronda Rousey's workout video.
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