Over a week has passed since WWE officially removed Paul Heyman as Raw's executive director. Vince McMahon's Federation seems to have given Bruce Prichard more power, who will organize what happens to both Raw and Smackdown.
Days have gone by and new news has arrived about the executive's departure from the red show, with the main reasons that would emerge in the relationship between Paul and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. During the new Dropkick DiSKussions podcast, Tom Colohue revealed some choices that Vince didn't like.
More details on Paul Heyman's firing
Reportedly, one of the main reasons for the layoff involved the current Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles. The top tiers of the federation liked better use in the red show of Phenomenal One, and also for this reason, before Paul Heyman's departure, Styles was "drafted" on the roster of the blue show.
In addition to this, WWE's upper floors were not happy with the choice to push hard on athletes such as Liv Morgan and Apollo Crews, athletes on which Heyman focused heavily. To certify this idea, continues Colohue, the fact that in the first episodes of Raw without the now ex-executive director, Liv Morgan did not have much space in the show's plans.
The reality is also that Vince McMahon, after closing the XFL, has more time available and is more involved in Raw's operations. This thing, Heyman's departure and new decisions on the show all the changes developed within RAW.
Tom Colohue concludes in the podcast by stating: "Yes, it is expected that Paul Heyman will continue with his role on the screen as Brock Lesnar manager and it is not excluded that in the next few weeks you will start managing a new WWE Superstar.
The Federation has great confidence in Heyman's capabilities and it seems possible that a new talent on the federation's launch pad may soon be cleared by customs under the commands of the famous agent." In their statement, WWE stated that SmackDown Live Executive Director Bruce Prichard will take over Raw and lead both teams, while Heyman will continue to work as an in-ring performer.
In WWE, Paul Heyman has advocated for five WWE Champions: Brock Lesnar, Big Show, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, and CM Punk. Critics have praised his abilities at advocating and on the microphone. Heyman has also competed sporadically in matches, including the WWE Championship main event of the 2002 Rebellion pay-per-view.