BREAKING NEWS: Paul Heyman & Eric Bischoff Named Executive Directors Of RAW & SmackdownJune 27, 2019
Internally WWE is really shaking things up.
Today Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated first broke the news that WWE has hired Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff in new Executive Director of RAW and Smackdown roles. Heyman will lead the creative team of Monday Night RAW and Bischoff will run the creative team of Smackdown Live. The two will report directly to WWE CEO Vince McMahon. It is also said that with Smackdown he will word with FOX executives when they move the blue brand to FOX this October.
WWE has also confirmed this story with the following,
WWE NAMES PAUL HEYMAN AND ERIC BISCHOFF
Stamford, Conn., June 27, 2019 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that it has named Paul Heyman as Executive Director of Monday Night Raw and Eric Bischoff as Executive Director of SmackDown Live, newly created positions reporting directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
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.
With more than 30 years of experience in the sports entertainment industry, Heyman served as President of ECW from 1993-2001, securing pay-per-view distribution for the company as well as a national cable television deal with TNN. After his time with ECW, Heyman joined WWE’s Creative team and is widely credited with helping launch the careers of many current and former WWE Superstars.
Bischoff is a former WCW President and New York Times bestselling author. During his WCW career, Bischoff oversaw the signing of some of the biggest names in sports entertainment and helped create and develop the NWO storyline. He was also instrumental in securing a television deal for WCW Monday Nitro on TNT and WCW Thunder on TBS. After WCW, Bischoff co-founded Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, a production company that launched TV reality shows and mobile games.
It is also being reported that these are real backstage executives with no expectation to be onscreen characters involved in storylines. One would assume that Paul Heyman will remain in his onscreen role as the advocate to Brock Lesnar.
PWInsider also reports that WWE offered Paul Heyman a full-time spot as a top member of the creative team back in February when they brought Bruce Prichard back into the WWE.