Earlier tonight, WWE announced they would be streamlining their creative teams. As such, Paul Heyman has been removed from Raw’s creative team entirely and will be just focused on being a performer.
Bruce Prichard will now be in charge of both SmackDown and Raw. WrestleVotes has now Tweeted the following about the change:
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
Hmm. Changing the show at the last minute. Creative being a mess and having to do rewrites. That sounds like the creative process of someone in WWE who isn’t Paul Heyman.
Of course, that particular person…cough…Vince McMahon…cough…is definitely never going to be the one who takes the blame. So, just like Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman is taking the blame.
Wrestling News Co. is also reporting the following:
“A WWE source I spoke with told me that Heyman did not quit and this was a decision made by Vince McMahon after expressing frustration with the Raw ratings.
“Another source told me that McMahon is more involved with Raw than SmackDown and that made Heyman’s job much harder as he had to try to push his ideas while trying to keep McMahon happy.”
Fightful Select has a different bit of a report including some backstage reactions, but did note “the writing had been on the wall of late.”
Could this writing on the wall be the chaos that is being reported? Fightful also noted in their report that none of their sources knew about the changes until WWE made the official announcement.