Without a doubt , yes , we still need managers and managers will never be a waste of time. For every Brock Lesnar , you need a Paul Heyman . And we definitley need someone on the outside of the ring to create a distraction now and again and to interfere . Managers are a way of creating great heat during a match . Remember when Rick Rude beat Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania V , with Bobby Heenan holding the Warriors leg down to prevent him kicking out . Stuff like that is crucial to the psycology ofthe sport . How successful would Yoko Zuna be if he didn't have Jim Cornette by his side for all those promos when he was WWE Champion back in 1993/94.
What doesn't make sense is when an athlete , who is already a master on the mike is put with a manager who he doesn't really need . CM Punk and Heyman is one example . Punk can do just fine on his own when it comes to talking the talk . There are lots of guys that could use Heyman . Take a big man like Tensai . Great career in Japan where its mainly wrestling based and not 20 minute promos . He comes back to America and gets squashed . Why ? Because he doesn't work well on the mike . Imagine if a guy with Paul Heyman's mike skills could manage him . I would say he'd become a force to reckon with . Never a main eventer , but certainly not just some jobber to the stars like he is now . That's what a big difference a manager can make .
So no , I don't believe managers are a waste of time .