WWE Names Paul Heyman, Eric Bischoff Executive Directors Of Raw, SmackDown

Backstage News on Paul Heyman & Eric Bischoff as WWE Executive Directors Vince McMahon’s Role Going Forward 0By Mike Killam on Jun 27 2019WWE

Judging by the response to Thursday's news that Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff have been tabbed to run Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively, as off-camera "Executive Directors", the story truly came out of left field. A press release stated that this position will allow WWE to progress as a "global brand" while giving each of the company's flagship shows a "distinct creative process".

Bischoff is a valuable addition for WWE. Mark me down as optimistic this will lead to an improvement as WWE works to stave off competition from the upstart AEW, and also moves SmackDown to FOX Sports this Fall.

First reported by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, the appointment of Heyman and Bischoff will see both pro wrestling legends take on full-time roles and report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

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Although Heyman and Bischoff are yet to comment on their new roles, current WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins has praised the latter's appointment.

Bischoff is a former WCW President and New York Times bestselling author. According to WWE, Heyman and Bischoff will "oversee the creative development" of their respective shows. It's no secret that Heyman had been working creatively on storylines involving Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar, but he has also been working on material for Alexa Bliss and many others, long before the talks. One year after WWE purchased a floundering WCW in 2001, Bischoff made a much-celebrated WWE debut in a five-year run in which he served as on-screen general manager and creative team member behind the scenes. Bischoff most recently has been a co-host with Conrad Thompson on the 83 Weeks podcast recalling the time when WCW Nitro was beating Raw.

PWInsider also noted that a source described the situation as being similar to Triple H running the NXT brand, as the two will be in charge of all aspects pertaining to their respective shows, while Vince McMahon continues to run the company and will obviously have final say in any situation.

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