Ronda Rousey: Paul Heyman is one of the few people who really encouraged me creatively

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Rousey heaps praise onto Heyman. 

A kickstarter was launched for Ronda Rousey’s new graphic novel titled ‘Expecting The Unexpected.’ There’s a piece on Rousey in Sports Illustrated’s latest This Week in Wrestling column

In the write-up, Rousey heaped praise onto Paul Heyman. She cited him as one of the few people who encouraged her creatively. 

He’s one of the few people who really encouraged me creatively. He showed me I’m so much more than just what my body can do. That’s how so many people see me–as an athlete, as a fighter. It’s all about performing, being on camera, focusing on what I can do physically–but it was different with Paul.

It was Paul Heyman who said, ‘What do you want your movie to be?’ Paul produced my segments during the second half of my first year in WWE, and he really worked with me on being able to write my own promos and deliver them. I’d wrote before, two memoirs, but not creatively–he encouraged me to create outside of myself. Paul was my first mentor as a writer, and he saw that in me.

Heyman was part of the closing segment on the 6/28 Friday Night SmackDown. He refused to acknowledge Solo Sikoa as The Tribal Chief so The Bloodline (Solo Sikoa, Tama Tonga, Jacob Fatu & Tonga Loa) put him through the announce table. 

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