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Even More on When Bischoff and Heyman Will Assume New Creative Roles, If XFL Had Anything To Do With It

June 27, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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UPDATE 4: Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman will not be beginning their new roles with WWE immediately, and that the plan is to slowly assimilate both to their new roles before they are given full control.

Additionally, they report that the upcoming launch of the XFL has nothing to do with today’s decision, and it remains to be seen if Vince McMahon has any interest in taking a step back from his duties with WWE.

UPDATE 3: Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Live noted that while he doesn’t yet have the specific date, he has been told that Heyman and Bischoff will assume their new roles as the Executive Directors on Raw and Smackdown “imminently.” Meltzer said he expects to know more soon, but there is no confirmation yet as to whether it will be next week or later.

UPDATEx2: With regards to when Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff might start their new creative roles in WWE as the Executive Directors of Raw and Smackdown Live, Brad Shepard reported on Twitter that the change is expected to start in late July or early August.

Shepard wrote, “Right now it sounds like late July or early August, with lots of meetings with writers and producers taking place, likely before Summerslam.” WWE did not yet announce when Bischoff and Heyman would assume the new roles.

Per today’s press release from WWE, the Executive Director roles for Heyman and Bischoff are “newly created positions reporting directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.” It also says: “In their executive roles, Heyman and Bischoff will oversee the creative development of WWE’s flagship programming and ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business. The creation of these roles further establishes WWE’s ability to continuously reinvent its global brand while providing two distinct creative processes for its flagship shows.”

UPDATE: Fightful has some more details on the backstage reaction to today’s news on Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff being named as the new Executive Directors and creative heads of both Raw and Smackdown Live for WWE. There is no word yet on when Heyman and Bischoff will be starting in their new creative roles.

The report does mention several reactions from wrestlers and employees for the company. The unanimous reaction across various genders, positions, and roles in the company was that they were all surprised by the news and hadn’t even heard it was coming at all. Fightful added that a longtime WWE wrestler reportedly wondered aloud why Triple H wasn’t named in one of the Executive Director roles. Also, another WWE Superstar apparently had heard some “immediate chatter” on this.

Additionally, another wrestler compared today’s news to Shane McMahon wanting to improve his position within WWE, but it was being bypassed. Based on the report, such talk was a discussion and “chatter” about why Triple H was not named in such a role.

One WWE wrestler had a more pessimistic reaction to the news. This wrestler is quoted as saying, “Vince is still in charge, so that’s all you really need to know.” Another WWE talent said that today’s move couldn’t be worse than how things have already been in WWE lately.

ORIGINAL: PWInsider has more details on the new executive director roles for Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff announced by WWE earlier this morning. As we previously noted, Paul Heyman will be in charge of RAW while Eric Bischoff will be in charge of Smackdown, but both will report directly to Vince McMahon. It is said they are at the “top of the pyramid” respectively, and will oversee all aspects of their individual shows.

WWE has been trying to get Heyman back in a creative role as far back as February. They made an offer to Heyman to come back as a top member of the creative team around the same time Bruce Prichard was brought back as a Senior Vice President. Heyman had previously been working on select storylines and with certain talents, including Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey, before that.

Eric Bischoff came on within the last several weeks. Before that, he had been working on pre-production for a planned Hulk Hogan biopic for Netflix, as well as getting booked for several personal appearances. During the last week, he began to quietly cancel those appearances, so that’s likely when the deal was finalized.