Raven was a perfect fit for the era of grunge in the ’90s. He was disenfranchised as a manager in WWE and wanted to reinvent himself. Paul [Heyman] thought he was going to jump right back to WWE, but Raven’s interviews and persona really connected huge. It was a perfect fit. He hit his stride in ECW and Raven took off.
Raven’s in-ring performance, his mind, his psychology at that time was great. In Raven’s first run in ECW, he was in his prime. He became Paul Heyman’s favorite persona. He had so many dimensions and his interviews were always right on the money. There was a three-year period when Raven did not have a bad match. He did nothing wrong in the ring. And in a rarity in the wrestling business, he remained a bad guy. He had a chip on his shoulder and liked to be the bad guy. You ask him how great he is, trust me, he’ll tell you. He had something to prove. And he did one hell of a job. — T.D., as told to Z.L.