However, a new report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is refuting those claims.
According to the report, the actual story is that James received a promotion within the company over Ward, but they are sharing the job of finalizing the “Smackdown Live” script each week. They then send it to Vince McMahon, who rewrites it as he sees fit.
However, James has been the guy reading the script to the other producers at the production meeting for a long time. Therefore it’s not a major change in the show, nor are rumors Ward is no longer with the show correct; only that James was promoted and would technically be above Ward in that way. Ward is also still technically titled the lead writer of the show.
It should also be noted that James is considered Paul Levesque’s right-hand man on the show and is in position to be one of the major power brokers going forward, particularly if and when Triple H takes over the company one day.
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