What's the story?
Post-WrestleMania season in the WWE has truly seen a remaking of the company both with its superstars on Raw and SmackDown as well as with many of its members of the writing team.
Fightful Select reports today that WWE fired Raw 'home' writer Ryan Callahan after working for the company for several years.
In case you didn't know...
The WWE Creative Team usually has some turnover, but many writers, including Road Dogg and now Callahan, have both left the WWE in one form or fashion since the Show of Shows.
The heart of the matter
Fightful's report mentions that for both Raw and SmackDown, there are 'home' writers and 'road' writers for each show. The 'road' writers travel to each show with the roster.
His firing allegedly had nothing to do with ratings, viewership or storylines, but rather with ongoing issues between Callahan and the lead writer for Raw, David Kapoor. Kapoor is better known to WWE fans as the one-time manager for the Great Khali.
Kapoor has been with the Creative Team for years and has been the head writer for Raw for quite some time. The report mentions that 'Kapoor felt that Callahan took creative changes a little too personally' and felt Callahan 'was difficult to work with' which didn't set a 'good example for the rest of the writing team.' The change was also reportedly made on Thursday, May 2.
Fightful also revealed that Callahan had also been helping out with SmackDown recently and that he and Kapoor had been 'butting heads a lot often, but Fightful 'couldn't authenticate Kapoor's claims. Callahan is said to have also worked for The Bachelor, the Bachelorette and Monster in Laws in the past.
The latest change to the writing staff comes after Road Dogg recently departed as the lead writer of SmackDown. Former wrestler and WWE writer RD Evans also parted ways with the company over WrestleMania weekend due to an incident at the Hall of Fame Ceremony. Writer Dave Schilling quit and writer Kazeem Famuyide was also cut from the WWE over the last few months.
The reason behind the backstage turnover could be due to many reasons, some of which are known to the public and some which are not. If some writers are hard to work with, that's understandable.
Some might find out that it was not the job they thought it might be, but there are also two sides to every story. WWE is a high-stress atmosphere both in the ring and behind the scenes, so it's not a huge surprise when there is a good deal of turnover.
The only strange part of the situation is that a lot of these changes are coming in the months which WWE is gearing up for SmackDown's big move to Fox.Published 07 May 2019, 04:30 IST