Paul Heyman And Eric Bischoff Named WWE Executive Directors

Heyman and Bischoff fill new WWE executive creative roles under Vince McMahon

The WWE has today announced some major changes to their flagship programs, as Paul Heyman will now serve as the executive director of the RAW, while Eric Bischoff assumes the role of Executive Director of SmackDown Live.

First reported by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, the appointment of Heyman and Bischoff will see both pro wrestling legends take on full-time roles and report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Both will report to Vince McMahon and SI's story indicates that there are "no plans at the current time for this to be introduced as part of a TV storyline". Also, Bischoff will be working directly with executives from FOX, which will air SmackDown Live beginning this October. WWE states that Heyman and Bischoff "will oversee the creative development of WWE's flagship programming and ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business".

Heyman has over 30 years of sports entertainment experience, as he served as President of ECW from 1993 to 2001, securing pay-per-view distribution for the company as well as a national cable television deal with TNN. A press release stated that this position will allow WWE to progress as a "global brand" while giving each of the company's flagship shows a "distinct creative process". In addition to his many behind-the-scenes duties, Heyman plays the "advocate" to wrestler Brock Lesnar on-screen.

Eric Bischoff is the former President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the promotion that rivaled the then WWF during the infamous "Monday Night Wars". Bischoff previously served as an on-air General Manager for RAW and has made sporadic appearances on TV and WWE documentaries, and now hosts the 83 Weeks podcast with Conrad Thompson.

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A former New York Times bestselling author, Bischoff is also serving as a producer for the upcoming Hulk Hogan biopic, where Chris Hemsworth is set to play Hogan.

Bischoff would become a part of the WWE as the Monday Night RAW General Manager from 2002-2005 and make sporadic appearances in the company since.

Meanwhile former WCW president Bischoff also boasts a fantastic legacy, including the development of the legendary nWo storyline.

What do you think of the new WWE hires? With Bischoff in charge, WCW's Nitro even defeated McMahon's Monday Night Raw in the television ratings for 83 consecutive weeks. Let us know in the comments section below!

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