On Thursday, the wrestling world was shocked by the news that Paul Heyman had been let go from his position as Raw’s Executive Director. He will now be solely an in-ring performer.
This means that, in an attempt to “streamline the creative process”, Bruce Prichard will be placed in charge of both brands, with the creative teams now merged.
Under Heyman, Raw saw many stars given opportunities that they hadn’t received before, including Apollo Crews, Murphy, Andrade and more. According to several reports, younger talent are worried about their futures now that Heyman is out of the picture.
Well it seems like the pushes of these young stars may already be ending, as two of Paul Heyman’s projects have had their Backlash match bumped to the pre-show of tomorrow night’s pay-per-view.
According to WrestlingNews.co, Andrade vs. Apollo Crews for the United States Championship will now take place on the pre-show for tomorrow night’s pay-per-view as opposed to the main card:
According to the current internal match line-up, the Kickoff show will feature United States Champion Apollo Crews vs. Andrade. WWE has yet to officially announce that match for the Kickoff show but that is what is listed right now internally. Crews and Andrade are two guys that Heyman was trying to push.
While it’s hard to say that the match wouldn’t have been on the kickoff show if it Paul Heyman was still in charge, I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s unlikely he’d not want two stars that he is trying to push on the bigger stage.
It appears as if Vince’s changes have not stopped there, as the report claims that McMahon has changed matches from both the Raw and SmackDown side of things for this weekend’s show:
“I was told this morning that McMahon has already made a change to the finish of one match and some ideas that were planned for other matches have also been scrapped or tweaked. I was told that there were changes made on the SmackDown side too but most of the ideas scrapped were from the Raw side.”
You can check out our interview below with WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels where he speaks about Backlash, the firing of Paul Heyman, his career, his relationship with The Undertaker and more: