What's the story?
WWE made two high profile employment decisions recently when it appointed Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff in senior roles within the company. However, as is always the case when new staff are brought in, old staff are inevitably let go and on this occasion, two WWE writers were released by the company.
Now Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingNews) has more information on who they were, who made the decision and why it was made.
In case you didn't know...
Several notable backstage names have left WWE recently, with creative member Ryan Alpert, best known for his small role as Mr. Bootyworth in New Day segments resigning from his position in June.
Another high-profile departure was writing staff member Robert Evans who was allegedly sacked for allowing Vince McMahon's name to be mentioned during this year's Hall of Fame ceremony, although it was later clarified by Evans himself that he quit.
The heart of the matter
Joining Alpert and Evans out of WWE's door this week were lead writers Steve Guerreri and Steve Oppenheim.
Dave Meltzer mentioned on the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that these releases weren't anything to do with Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman and had, in fact, been in the works for some time.
Oppenheim was a home team writer, working out of WWE's HQ in Stamford, Connecticut and Guerreri was taken off road following a fallout with Vince McMahon, but then placed on the SmackDown Live writing team following Road Dogg's departure as head writer.
Shakeups within WWE's creative teams and writers are nothing new with writers coming and going at a rate that is often faster than that of the wrestlers themselves. However, now that Bischoff and Heyman have been appointed it looks like we're heading in a new creative direction for WWE.Published 27 Jul 2019, 06:45 IST