— On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, a discussion took place about the recent firing of Eric Bischoff from his role as Executive Director of Smackdown. It was noted that the writing was on the wall for Bischoff’s dismissal for a while now, but WWE couldn’t pull the trigger on it within a couple of weeks of Bischoff’s hiring in the first place.
-- Ryan Ward, who previously headed up Smackdown’s creative team, was removed from that role last month and ended up taking a leave of absence with the idea that when he returned, he’d be re-assigned and basically demoted to the “home team.” The speculation was that because WWE couldn’t get rid of Bischoff so soon after hiring him, it was Ward who took the fall as a scapegoat for Smackdown’s supposed lack of direction ahead of the move to FOX.
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