Last night WWE announced that Paul Heyman would be stepping down from Monday Night Raw’s creative team. The red brand will now be ran by SmackDown Executive Producer Bruce Prichard in an attempt to ‘streamline’ the creative process.
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.
It has been emphasised that Heyman has not been sacked from his role. WWE have explained that he will now be focusing on his in-ring career, most likely managing and announcing when Brock Lesner returns.
There are many Raw staff and stars who are upset by the news, especially the younger stars that Hayman is willing to give a push. However not all people were not surprised at all, one person said the following to Wrestling Observer:
“I am shocked it took this long. Everyone knew it was coming. Vince did not like Paul.”
Wrestlevotes also took to Twitter to put their point across about the situation:
Regarding the creative change, source indicates that RAW has been a mess lately. At times recently the show has changed up to the point of air. While the blame isn’t solely on Heyman, he is the one taking the fall here. “It couldn’t continue like this” was an exact quote I got.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) June 12, 2020
The viewers of Raw have been dropping faster than those of SmackDown over the past few weeks. It appears Vince McMahon sees Bruce Pritchard as being more effective than Heyman and wants him to try gain more viewers on a Monday. Vince does like to have ‘yes men’ around him more than the naturally creative so maybe that’s why Pritchard is set to take over both shows?
Smackdown has been criticised recently for its repetitiveness and Raw has been slightly better of the two main weekly shows lately, it will be interesting to see how it will go over the next few weeks.