More Backstage Details on WWE Shakeup; Multiple Wrestlers Hope Heyman Sticks Around at TV

-- Paul Heyman's dismissal as the Executive Director of Raw continues to make headlines and a new report from Sports Illustrated suggests that the effects continue to be felt within the locker room. The story notes that "ten different wrestlers currently active on the Raw roster" all indicated that Heyman's greatest strengths were his guidance, recommendations and direction that he would provide and each of them hoped that he would continue to be present at the TV shows each week to "critique" their work.

-- The report also goes onto state that Heyman's removal from the creative team is both a "literal and figurative reminder" that Vince McMahon is still in charge because even though Bruce Prichard now leads both Raw and Smackdown, the direction of those shows ultimately still belongs to Vince. With ratings tanking and likely bottomed and due to rise as live audiences return, any improvement in viewership will also be something that McMahon will push to his investors. McMahon also shared a difference in philosophy wit Heyman and this was greatly magnified while they worked together whereas with Prichard, he is more likely to suggest ideas in a more receptive way.

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