WWE has made the decision that Paul Heyman will no longer be needed as the RAW Executive Director. And, Karrion Kross’ push is being compared to Brock Lesnar.
Paul Heyman No Longer RAW Executive Director
Big changes are happening at WWE. The decision was made to remove Paul Heyman as the Executive Director of RAW.
This is being done as WWE looks to streamline creative. Now, RAW and SmackDown creative teams will report to Bruce Prichard.
In an effort to streamline our creative writing process for television, we have consolidated both teams from Raw and SmackDown into one group, led by Bruce Prichard. Paul Heyman will concentrate on his role as an in-ring performer. https://t.co/KOahV2sO5q
— WWE (@WWE) June 11, 2020
Meanwhile, Heyman will remain as an in-ring performer as the advocate for Brock Lesnar. WWE also cut 40% of their staff in April due to COVID-19.
In June 2019, WWE made Heyman Executive Director of RAW and Eric Bischoff the same title on SmackDown. Bischoff only last a few months before being replaced by Prichard.
In ring performer Paul Heyman. Give him the Universal Title https://t.co/TcmKms4Qrv
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) June 11, 2020
Paul Heyman has actually been doing a really good job with Raw these past few months, I don’t understand this at all….. https://t.co/8cMEgZh0ce
— Jake (@TheWrazzlinKid) June 11, 2020
They chose Bruce Prichard over Paul Heyman…………..RIP RAW pic.twitter.com/iRFcMFaLH4
— Noah / Give Otis the belt (@PrimeKorver26) June 11, 2020
— Luke (@LukeisYbl) June 11, 2020
Paul Heyman was doing great, this is somewhat disappointing. In-ring performing? Heyman vs Lesnar coming.
— Stephanie✨| bIm (@StephanieHypes) June 11, 2020
Wow. This is very interesting. Both shows have been OK, with Raw a little better than Smackdown so hopefully this will help Smackdown get better. And if this means more Paul Heyman on TV, then it’s even better news. https://t.co/ClCTlnIHZh
— Darren Bongiovanni (@hbkid718) June 11, 2020
Karrion Kross’ Push
When WWE signed Karrion Kross, he came with lots of hype. The same can be said for his girlfriend, Scarlett.
After some squashes, Kross had his biggest test at NXT Takeover In Your House. In quick fashion, Kross handed former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa a loss.
The structure of the match has people making comparisons to Brock Lesnar’s debut. When speaking to Newsweek, Cross addressed those reactions.
“In a situation like that, my own perspective on what we did, I think they are less important than what the fans’ have,” said Kross. “It’s important to listen to them and listen to what they are saying because they are who we are catering to and all the comparisons I found very flattering and complimentary.”
“I was personally flattered especially if you’re going to be compared to the greatest people in the business. It’s not a bad thing.”
Being compared to Lesnar sounds like great news. Remember, WWE gave Lesnar a push right to the top when he debuted on the main roster.
About 18 years later and Lesnar’s name always means money. He crossed over to other opportunities and often found massive success.
On the latest episode of NXT, it concluded with a warning to NXT Champion Adam Cole. Apparently, Kross is already coming for the title.