According to a report from Sportskeeda’s Gary Cassidy, Monday Night Raw has really “fallen apart” since Paul Heyman was removed from his positive on creative and fired as the brand’s Executive Director.
Taking to Twitter just before Raw last night, Cassidy noted that Vince McMahon hadn’t even looked at the show until Monday morning. This certainly checks out, as WWE only started announcing matches for the show a couple of hours before it started.
In his Sportskeeda article, Cassidy is reporting that McMahon didn’t even look at the show until he got on his corporate jet to fly into Orlando for yesterday’s episode of Raw, which is why nothing had been announced for the show:
WWE’s flagship show apparently hadn’t even been thought about until today, with Vince McMahon not looking at the show “until this morning” when he got on the corporate jet. Talent were pitched last night under the provision of McMahon having not read the show just yet.
Cassidy goes on to note that the two people leading the creative team for Monday Night Raw are simply “not up to the task of getting the show done in time”. This is not said to be the case for SmackDown:
Apparently there’s a creative force driving the writing and booking of SmackDown, while there’s a lack in that department when it comes to RAW. Sportskeeda has learned that the two names spearheading the writing team for Monday nights are “not up to the task of getting the show done in time” or “getting input from talent” in a timely manner.
One thing worth noting is that it seems like every week either ourselves or someone else reports that RAW underwent several re-writes, while those reports are few and far between on the Blue brand.
Raw used to have a strong figurehead leading the creative team in the form of Paul Heyman, and Cassidy notes that the show and creative process has “fallen apart” since Heyman was axed a few months ago:
One major quote that stood out was, “RAW has really fallen apart without [Paul] Heyman driving the creative,” which is interesting in itself as the departure of the ECW legend from his executive role was apparently an effort to streamline the creative writing process for TV, which saw both teams consolidated.
While Paul Heyman is no longer in charge of the creative team on Raw, he is reportedly still heavily involved and influential in the booking decisions surrounding Roman Reigns. You can read more about that story by clicking here.