Paul Heyman was instrumental in making ECW what it was during the 90s.
Recently, radio personality Craig Carton claimed on the Carton and Roberts show that he was originally supposed to play the role of the “Joey Styles” character and also as the announcer for ECW.
“I was once offered a job in wrestling when I worked in Philly. I don’t even know the name of the company. It was in the mid 90s. I was going to be Joey Styles.”
“I was on the WIP Radio in Philadelphia, someone came to me from ECW and said, ‘we’d love you to be our ringside announcer, and you’re gonna go by the name Joey Styles.’ My schedule didn’t allow it or something. I don’t remember being against it, because I wasn’t making much money. I don’t remember why I didn’t take up the job. But I was going to be Joey Styles, I’ll never forget the name because it was such a cool name.”
Paul Heyman saw this and decided to refute the story. Heyman took to Twitter and called ‘bulls***’ on the story. Heyman stated that Joseph Bonsignore was known by the “Joey Styles” name even before Heyman hired him in ECW back in 1994.
“Sorry, @craigcartonlive. I’m calling bullshit on this one. #JoeBonsignore was @JoeyStyles even before I hired him in 1993. In ’94, we needed a replacement that summer. There were a few considerations. None of them were to be named #JoeyStyles. #ECW @EvanRobertsWFAN
Paul Heyman is currently managing the WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. The partnership has certainly proven to be a successful one.