WWE Makes Changes, Paul Heyman Removed From Executive Role
Just as Raw was starting to get good, WWE has gone and made a massive change to the Monday night program. The company announced on Thursday that creative teams will be mashed into one large group, Bruce Prichard will head up the creative team and Paul Heyman is out.
In an effort to streamline our creative writing process for television, we have consolidated both teams from Raw and SmackDown into one group, led by Bruce Prichard. Paul Heyman will concentrate on his role as an in-ring performer.
Heyman was made the Executive Director Raw a while back and Eric Bischoff was brought in to run SmackDown. Bischoff didn’t take to the gig as fast as WWE would have liked so Prichard took the spot when Bischoff was let go. Now, Heyman will focus on his on-air character and Prichard will run creative for both shows.
Obviously, he’ll have writing teams to help him but it will be interesting to see how the shows will change under Prichard’s guidance.
It will also be intriguing to see how little Heyman is on Raw moving forward. His only on-air role was to act as the advocate for Brock Lesnar who has been absent from programming since WrestleMania. There are no immediate plans to have him back and unless Heyman manages another Superstar, he’l likely disappear from Monday nights.
For fans of Raw, this won’t go over well. A number of stars will finally getting a chance to shine and young stars were being given the time to run with storylines that could help their progression. The assumption is that active storylines will continue but it’s hard to say what direction the show will take moving forward or if the difference will be hard to notice.