New WWE SmackDown Head Writer’s Impact On First Episode Revealed

New WWE SmackDown Head Writer’s Impact On First Episode Revealed WWE

Following his promotion, a new report has revealed the new WWE SmackDown head writer’s impact on his first episode.

The June 21 episode of WWE SmackDown has received almost universal praise from fans and critics alike for one of the strongest editions of the company’s programming this year.

The show featured the WWE debut of Jacob Fatu, Drew McIntyre getting revenge on CM Punk in front of his hometown of Chicago and some strong wrestling from the Money In The Bank qualifying matches.

As previously reported, the company recently promoted long-time WWE creative writer John Swikata to the role of lead writer for the SmackDown brand as of this week.

According to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Swikata did not have that much impact on this week’s show as most plans were already in place before he took the role. Meltzer said:

“Ryan Callahan was let go, and John Swikata, who was on the writing team, started up on Friday’s show. And Friday’s show was awesome. I think it was maybe the best episode of SmackDown all year.

“But most of that episode was written before him, it’s not like – because I said, ‘Man, what a great job for a first episode’, and it was like, pretty much most of that stuff was already there and already set up.

“All the Bloodline stuff was set up. He did have one or two things that were new, new twists that were in there. But like the Jacob Fatu thing, that’d been planned for a long, long time. And everything in that angle – Solo saying ‘he’s never coming back’ about Roman Reigns, that was all planned.

“The winners of those matches were all planned. Drew coming back, that’s been planned for a while.”

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