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BuddyPSHayes wrote: Don't know if this is the right thread for this, but WWE has consolidated their creative team into one group, headed by Bruce Prichard. Paul Heyman will stay on in his on-air role.

https://www.wwe.com/amp/article/raw-smackdown-led-by-bruce-prichard?__twitter_impression=true

Bruce Prichard is a wrestling cockroach. When was the last decade he had a good idea?



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I'm wondering if Prichard is the Grima Wormtongue to Vince's King Theoden if the speculation about Vince's health are accurate. In a little over a week two writers have been let go/taken off the creative team and the guy now in charge of creative may be the only person outside Vince's immediate family who's in daily contact with him. If Vince really is deteriorating will the storylines continue to be what he wants or will Bruce Prichard actually run creative and give us his vision of WWE?



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BuddyPSHayes wrote: Don't know if this is the right thread for this, but WWE has consolidated their creative team into one group, headed by Bruce Prichard. Paul Heyman will stay on in his on-air role.

https://www.wwe.com/amp/article/raw-smackdown-led-by-bruce-prichard?__twitter_impression=true

According to PWInsider, Vince is fuming over the Covid ratings of Raw, which obviously saying they're in the toilet would be a massive understatement.  So someone had to pay, and it was Heyman. 

So the big Heyman/Bischoff experiment is over after 9 months or so.  Heyman lasted 8 more than Bischoff.  Now everything is back under one umbrella again.

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Drake Maverick has revealed that a camera crew was following him around for a future WWE documentary about his return to the ring at the time he was released. That should be forthcoming in the next couple of months. Maverick says he allowed the filming to continue after being released, and the producer of the documentary was as shocked as anyone. Obviously at some point after that, he was re-signed.

This is going to probably increase the rumors that the whole thing was a work, or it's more proof that the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.



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srossi wrote: BuddyPSHayes wrote: Don't know if this is the right thread for this, but WWE has consolidated their creative team into one group, headed by Bruce Prichard. Paul Heyman will stay on in his on-air role.

https://www.wwe.com/amp/article/raw-smackdown-led-by-bruce-prichard?__twitter_impression=true

According to PWInsider, Vince is fuming over the Covid ratings of Raw, which obviously saying they're in the toilet would be a massive understatement.  So someone had to pay, and it was Heyman. 

I'm shocked, shocked, to learn that the Viking Raiders v Street Profits school sports day does not equal ratings.



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kargol wrote: srossi wrote: BuddyPSHayes wrote: Don't know if this is the right thread for this, but WWE has consolidated their creative team into one group, headed by Bruce Prichard. Paul Heyman will stay on in his on-air role.

https://www.wwe.com/amp/article/raw-smackdown-led-by-bruce-prichard?__twitter_impression=true

According to PWInsider, Vince is fuming over the Covid ratings of Raw, which obviously saying they're in the toilet would be a massive understatement.  So someone had to pay, and it was Heyman. 

I'm shocked, shocked, to learn that the Viking Raiders v Street Profits school sports day does not equal ratings.

I've never felt like WWE and Vince needed an off season more than they do right now.  Judging by those ratings, many other people agree lol.

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BitterOldMan wrote: I'm wondering if Prichard is the Grima Wormtongue to Vince's King Theoden if the speculation about Vince's health are accurate. In a little over a week two writers have been let go/taken off the creative team and the guy now in charge of creative may be the only person outside Vince's immediate family who's in daily contact with him. If Vince really is deteriorating will the storylines continue to be what he wants or will Bruce Prichard actually run creative and give us his vision of WWE?
Well if you need an idea of Prichard’s idea of good storytelling, the Otis-Mandy and Sheamus-Hardy stuff is his. And Hardy just threw his piss in Sheamus’ face. So...



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srossi wrote: BuddyPSHayes wrote: Don't know if this is the right thread for this, but WWE has consolidated their creative team into one group, headed by Bruce Prichard. Paul Heyman will stay on in his on-air role.

https://www.wwe.com/amp/article/raw-smackdown-led-by-bruce-prichard?__twitter_impression=true

Bruce Prichard is a wrestling cockroach. When was the last decade he had a good idea?
Wasn't he Firehouse Funplace or whatever it's called? I haven't watched it, but some folks have raved about it. Others have hated it. I think I saw more positive on that than negative. 



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PWInsider:

First let me say that there is a LOT of talk of there being more to the story of Paul Heyman being removed as the head of Raw Creative than just the ratings hit that Raw has taken of late, but if we were to just go by the numbers, did Vince McMahon make the right move by putting Smackdown’s Bruce Prichard in charge of the red brand?

Let’s take a look, using the Nielsen ratings from the first show that WWE did for each brand in the no crowd era of TV from the Performance Center.

On March 13, Smackdown did 2,588,000 overnight viewers. Last Friday, the show did 1,935,000 overnight viewers. So since the start of the pandemic era Smackdown’s audience through their last show is down 25.2%.

On March 16, Raw did 2,335,000 overnight viewers. Last Monday, the show did 1,737,000 overnight viewers. So since the start of the pandemic era Raw’s audience through their last show is down 25.6%.

You could even make the case that since hour three of Raw pulls the overall number down every week, if Raw were a two hour show Heyman would actually have retained more of the audience than Prichard has for Smackdown during the no crowd area.

Interesting.



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Chris Jericho did an interview with WhatCulture yesterday. He quite nonchalantly said that there was no one who was in the corona-releases that they were interested in, although "somebody might pop in." Obviously there is still a month to go on the no-compete clauses, so he might have been bullshitting. He then said that Roman Reigns would be the top name, "one of the few," that he would take if WWE went out of business tomorrow. I've said it before, but Shawn Spears was one lucky duck to get released when he did. 

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Kriss wrote: Chris Jericho did an interview with WhatCulture yesterday. He quite nonchalantly said that there was no one who was in the corona-releases that they were interested in, although "somebody might pop in." Obviously there is still a month to go on the no-compete clauses, so he might have been bullshitting. He then said that Roman Reigns would be the top name, "one of the few," that he would take if WWE went out of business tomorrow. I've said it before, but Shawn Spears was one lucky duck to get released when he did. 
Jericho is a notorious worker and would never reveal any information on signings ahead of time. He denied he was going to AEW himself until the second he showed up. I also doubt if he’s involved in talent relations at all, even though I’m sure out of respect they might give him a heads up on certain things. 

I think they could really do something with EC3, and bringing in Heath Slater as an undercard guy and letting him loose to see if he gets over might not be the worst idea. The others probably fit better elsewhere. 

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srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: Chris Jericho did an interview with WhatCulture yesterday. He quite nonchalantly said that there was no one who was in the corona-releases that they were interested in, although "somebody might pop in." Obviously there is still a month to go on the no-compete clauses, so he might have been bullshitting. He then said that Roman Reigns would be the top name, "one of the few," that he would take if WWE went out of business tomorrow. I've said it before, but Shawn Spears was one lucky duck to get released when he did. 
Jericho is a notorious worker and would never reveal any information on signings ahead of time. He denied he was going to AEW himself until the second he showed up. I also doubt if he’s involved in talent relations at all, even though I’m sure out of respect they might give him a heads up on certain things. 

I think they could really do something with EC3, and bringing in Heath Slater as an undercard guy and letting him loose to see if he gets over might not be the worst idea. The others probably fit better elsewhere. 
I don’t think Matt Cardona is a free agent for a day - he will be in AEW on day 91.  He and Chelsea are extremely tight with Cody and Brandi, and Chelsea would’ve signed there after All In had WWE not made their offer which she only accepted so that she would be close to home and with Zack.  Other than him, I can’t say too many of the releases will move the needle in AEW.  EC3 to me is either best off in ROH, or AEW needs to move one of their muscular guys like Spears to make room for him.  But who knows?  Slater could get over anywhere but is AEW the best fit?  Not sure, seems like TNA works for him better.



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Superstar wrote: srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: Chris Jericho did an interview with WhatCulture yesterday. He quite nonchalantly said that there was no one who was in the corona-releases that they were interested in, although "somebody might pop in." Obviously there is still a month to go on the no-compete clauses, so he might have been bullshitting. He then said that Roman Reigns would be the top name, "one of the few," that he would take if WWE went out of business tomorrow. I've said it before, but Shawn Spears was one lucky duck to get released when he did. 
Jericho is a notorious worker and would never reveal any information on signings ahead of time. He denied he was going to AEW himself until the second he showed up. I also doubt if he’s involved in talent relations at all, even though I’m sure out of respect they might give him a heads up on certain things. 

I think they could really do something with EC3, and bringing in Heath Slater as an undercard guy and letting him loose to see if he gets over might not be the worst idea. The others probably fit better elsewhere. 
I don’t think Matt Cardona is a free agent for a day - he will be in AEW on day 91.  He and Chelsea are extremely tight with Cody and Brandi, and Chelsea would’ve signed there after All In had WWE not made their offer which she only accepted so that she would be close to home and with Zack.  Other than him, I can’t say too many of the releases will move the needle in AEW.  EC3 to me is either best off in ROH, or AEW needs to move one of their muscular guys like Spears to make room for him.  But who knows?  Slater could get over anywhere but is AEW the best fit?  Not sure, seems like TNA works for him better.

I'd prefer Ryder in Impact and Slater in AEW, but just my opinion.  I think Slater has some untapped upside and his TV exposure when he was being buried (non-Nexus etc.) was much more limited (other than the 3MB fiasco).  Ryder has been a joke on TV for damn near a decade.  You can't get that stink off.  AEW has to stop making decisions based in friendship and start making decisions about business.

But out of all the releases, I most want to see Rusev in NJPW.  I hope he's open to spending half the year in Japan, a lot of guys aren't, but if he is he'll come back to the U.S. in 2-3 years as a fucking monster.

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PWInsider:

One question we continue to receive quite a bit at PWInsider.com is whether Drake Maverick's WWE release had always been a work.

The quick is answer is no. PWInsider.com is told that Maverick was not aware he was going to be offered a new deal until the day his Cruiserweight Championship tournament was filmed at the WWE Performance Center.

While there will always be some who assume the release was a work, it's important to point out that on 5/27, Maverick had filed trademark applications for "Rockstar Spud" and "Spud", the ring names he utilized in Impact Wrestling and internationally before he signed with WWE. So, as late as the end of May, Maverick was preparing for a future after a WWE exit.

Maverick is instead now part of the NXT brand with the trademarks for Spud now officially in his pocket if he needs it down the line.



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srossi wrote: PWInsider:

One question we continue to receive quite a bit at PWInsider.com is whether Drake Maverick's WWE release had always been a work.

The quick is answer is no. PWInsider.com is told that Maverick was not aware he was going to be offered a new deal until the day his Cruiserweight Championship tournament was filmed at the WWE Performance Center.

While there will always be some who assume the release was a work, it's important to point out that on 5/27, Maverick had filed trademark applications for "Rockstar Spud" and "Spud", the ring names he utilized in Impact Wrestling and internationally before he signed with WWE. So, as late as the end of May, Maverick was preparing for a future after a WWE exit.

Maverick is instead now part of the NXT brand with the trademarks for Spud now officially in his pocket if he needs it down the line.

Depending on how deep the work went, this could all be true and it was still a work.



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