Big Changes Coming to WWE Programming
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, June 28, 2019
WWE programming is about to go through another massive shake-up, this time from behind-the-scenes. WWE announced on their social media account yesterday that their weekly shows: Monday Night Raw and Smackdown will have new Executive Directors in charge.
Monday Night Raw's Executive Director will be Paul Heyman and Smackdown's Executive Director will be Eric Bischoff. Although both men will be in charge of the direction of the two shows, they will still be answering to Vince McMahon. This is exciting news for fans because both men have an excellent reputation in the world of professional wrestling.
Paul Heyman was in charge of ECW during the 1990s, when professional wrestling at booming in terms of popularity. Heyman then moved to WWE and in 2002, he would be paired with WWE's newest superstar Brock Lesnar, who had just been called up to the main roster from OVW and at the same time, worked behind-the-scenes on the Smackdown brand. Heyman being Executive Director of Raw is a great decision because it will allow him to work closely with the superstars and change the dynamic of a PG product especially in the third hour of Raw, which the company has had a difficult time maintain a strong rating for.
Eric Bischoff on the other hand brings a wealth of experience in his own right he was in charge of WCW’s programs: Monday Nitro and Thunder during the Monday Night Wars and for a two-year period, was defeating McMahon’s then WWF Raw is War in the ratings each week to become the number one wrestling company in the world.
Bischoff is also no stranger to working closely with large networks as WCW Nitro was broadcasted live on TNT and Thunder was broadcasted on TBS. Bischoff’s experience working with networks makes his Executive Director role with Smackdown an excellent decision because he’ll be able to work with FOX when Smackdown airs on their network in October and change the perception of Smackdown from being the “B show” to must see network programming.
It’s going to be interesting to see what else WWE have in store for their weekly programming, but one thing that is certain is that the company have taken a step in the right direction.
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