In a less than shocking move, the WWE has removed Paul Heyman as Executive Director of creative for RAW. WWE.com released the following statement:
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 has worked as the Executive Director in charge of creative on RAW since the summer of 2019. Heyman has worked hard to build up new talent such as Ricochet, Cedric Alexander, and Humberto Carrillo only for these Superstars to see their pushes canceled, reportedly due to Vince McMahon’s ever-changing mood. RAW’s ratings have been going down for some time and things only worsened after the WWE moved the show to the Performance Center.
Heyman’s release as Executive Director completes the removal of RAW and SmackDown’s original Executive Directors in charge of creative. Eric Bischoff was brought aboard as SmackDown’s Executive Director at the same time as Heyman but didn’t last long. ATM Eric was replaced by Bruce Prichard who as mentioned earlier, will handle both shows.
As noted by numerous fans and observers, Vince McMahon continues to have the final say on creative and as long as he does, it’s unlikely anything will change whether it’s Bruce Prichard coordinating creative or WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump. Pro Sports Extra will continue following this story.