It didn’t go as planned. One of the many stories to break this year saw Paul Heyman fired as Executive Director of Monday Night Raw. The change shook up a lot of things on the show and while your opinion on the move being an improvement or downgrade may vary, it is clear that something has been changed up. There are some reasons for that, and some of them took their time being set up.
One of the biggest problems with the move was a conflict of styles, as Heyman’s booking philosophy seemingly did not mesh with everything else in the company. That can cause a major issue and that was the case here, as Heyman’s style did not work in the grand scheme of things. But what was the specific problem that caused everything to fall apart so quickly?
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Heyman’s main idea was to have Randy Orton and AJ Styles as the major veterans on the Monday Night Raw roster and building up a group of younger stars as the next group of stars. Some of these names included Drew McIntyre, Andrade, Aleister Black, Ricochet, Humberto Carrillo and others. However, Orton and Styles were put into high profile matches at WrestleMania 36, meaning that they were not going to take any losses, which they could usually absorb, to the younger stars. This caused McMahon to not care as much about Heyman’s projects, leading to Heyman’s firing.
There was a plan there. Check out some of Heyman’s projects:
Opinion: I can see both sides of this, as Heyman should have known that Styles and Orton were going to be in major matches at WrestleMania, leaving his plan in doubt. Yes the plan did make sense, but it was not exactly something that was likely to work in execution. It also does not help that Heyman’s plan would seem to take a long time, when WWE is not in a place where they can take that much time to get somewhere.
What do you like of Heyman’s plan? Should he have been fired? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!