wrestling / News

Backstage Rumors on Paul Heyman’s Tenure as Raw Executive Director, How He Built the Roster

October 21, 2020 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Renee Young Paul Heyman, Raw

Fightful Select released a story that contained some additional information with regards to Paul Heyman’s run as Executive Director of Raw that ran from 2019 to 2020, along with some rumored backstage reactions. Heyman was dismissed from the post and replaced by Bruce Prichard last July.

The report notes that Heyman was integral in creating the post-Draft Raw roster in late 2019. This included Heyman reportedly going “above and beyond” to utilize some of the lesser used talents being called the “catering crew,” who became a part of the Raw brand. Heyman was even notably willing to pass on some of the bigger established names, such as Braun Strowman. Instead, Heyman is said to have prioritized bringing in more polished workers.

Backstage sources were said to have been shocked that Heyman put himself in a position working directly under Vince McMahon. Heyman had already been doing creative work in the Raw writer’s room before he assumed the role of Executive Director. Per the report, Heyman was “the loudest voice” in the Raw writing team before he took on the Executive Director post.

Additionally, the report has some insight on why WWE executives Triple H or Stephanie McMahon weren’t given the role. Stephanie McMahon was said to have been happy with her current role as the Chief Brand Officer and didn’t want the job on Raw. Many sources on Raw believed that if Triple H had wanted the Executive Director job, he would’ve been given it. Instead, it went to Heyman, and Eric Bischoff became the short-lived Executive Director SmackDown. As previously noted, Bischoff was let go from his role as Executive Director of SmackDown just a few months after he was announced.

While Paul Heyman was removed from his backstage creative role for WWE, he later returned to WWE programming as the on-air manager for Roman Reigns earlier this year.

article topics :

Paul Heyman, RAW, WWE, Jeffrey Harris