Paul Heyman began his new role as Executive Director of Monday Night RAW quite recently, but this week’s episode was influenced heavily by The Advocate. Heyman was appointed as Executive Director last month, and in his very first night in charge, the episode felt edgier with swearing and intense action.
However, Heyman was never given full control of the way things worked on RAW. The episodes returned to the older format soon enough. But today’s episode was a clear sign that Heyman is being given more control over the red brand.
According to F4WOnline.com, this week was the heaviest Heyman influenced episode of RAW. The general consensus around the episode was much better than it has been in recent times. The last hour of the show was much more action-packed and felt a return to the way things happened in the Attitude Era.
There were several beatdowns, and mixing up of different storylines, which made the episode feel much fresher and helped superstars like Cedric Alexander to make a name for themselves.
Paul Heyman even appeared in his on-screen role as Brock Lesnar‘s manager, when Brock handed a beating of a lifetime to Seth Rollins. In one of the best segments featuring Brock Lesnar in recent times, the Beast incapacitated his challenger Seth Rollins.
Hopefully, tonight’s SmackDown Live is produced in a similar way with Eric Bischoff getting more freedom to express his ideas and bring out his storylines. Things will only go upward if Bischoff and Heyman continue the good work they have been doing.
Vince McMahon is still the final Authority in WWE, however, he would eventually move out from WWE to focus more on his pet-project XFL. Until then, Bischoff and Heyman will continue to have great control over things, but not full control.