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WWE has confirmed that Paul Heyman will no longer be in the Executive Director post for WWE Monday Night RAW.
Wrestling Inc informed that WWE sent them a statement noting that the company is ‘consolidating both teams from Raw and SmackDown into one group’. The entire group will be led by Bruce Prichard. The reason given for the change was to “streamline the creative writing process for television.”
The official statement reads as follows regarding the release of Paul Heyman from the head creative’s post,
“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.”
Paul Heyman will still be a part of the WWE Universe as he continues to serve as the advocate general for former WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar. We expect to see Heyman back on TV when the Beast Beast Incarnate returns. That time is likely to come around SummerSlam 2020.
Paul Heyman will no longer be involved in WWE as a creative member as the statement noted that he will focus more on his role as an on-screen performer. WWE appointed Paul Heyman as the Executive Director of Raw and Eric Bischoff on the same post of WWE SmackDown in June of 2019. Later in October, Bischoff was fired from the company and got replaced by Bruce Prichard.
PWInsider.com reported that a source of them noted that Vince McMahon has recently been “very upset” and openly “frustrated” with the present condition of Raw. It probably caused the removal of Paul Heyman from his position on the show.
In May, Raw averaged 1.77 million viewers, a drop of 23% from February 2020, and 24% from the 2.33 million viewers from last year’s May. The past six weeks have been five of the least-watched episodes in the entire history of the show.
During the Q1 2020 investors call in April, Vince McMahon blamed the newer chunk of talents on Raw to be the cause behind the fall of ratings. He never blamed Paul Heyman for the deteriorated situation,
“We no longer have Brock Lesnar obviously, but we have a new champion and a lot of new performers coming in. So it takes a while. So that’s the reason, and how you use those performers in this story or that story or what have you. So, with new talent it’s just going to take a little while. I’m convinced though, that the RAW’s ratings are going to bounce back considerably.” (courtesy wrestlingINC.com)