If you’ve been living under a rock recently, you may have not heard that Vince McMahon has brought Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff to be Executive Directors for Raw and Smackdown respectively. This is a huge step in the right direction for the faltering product that is WWE. This is great for wrestling too. It’s sad that it took this long for these two creative geniuses to find a job behind the scenes again but it looks like Vince is finally admitting that he needs help, with AEW’s television debut on the horizon.
Yes, we know of all the bad things that Heyman and Bischoff have done throughout their tenures in the wrestling industry but they have done a lot of good as well.
There are two things that wrestling fans should be excited for. The most important being the creativity coming from both of these guys’ minds regarding storylines. They don’t go overboard to the point of ridiculousness like Vince Russo, and they know that they can’t stay in an old school mindset like Jim Cornette. Keeping Bischoff and Heyman separated are important as well for ego purposes. Bischoff didn’t work well with Vince Russo in the last few years of WCW, so combining two dominant personalities again could be trouble. Separating them however, gives an edge of competitiveness and with a Vince McMahon budget being used, we might really see a must-watch 1990’s-like product once again. It also helps that they’ll have Vince to go through for creative ideas so the best ideas might show through, and other not so good ideas might get turned down because we don’t want both to get free reign to do whatever, as a lot of trouble could result as we have seen in WCW, TNA, and ECW.
This is all in a perfect world, but I think it might actually work. It has been revealed that WWE has a good creative team but it is just Vince that is saying “No” to everyone. What’s good about this is that Vince actually respects Heyman and Bischoff, so some ideas might actually see the light of day because Vince will actually hear them out.
There is also the fact that Heyman and Bischoff are able to make all their wrestlers seem important, Heyman especially. He was able to turn the most average wrestler into a must-see gimmick (Mikey Whipwreck, 911, and Balls Mahoney immediately come to mind). Though Bischoff might not have allowed a lot of wrestlers to move into the main event in WCW, he still had an exciting undercard and midcard. Think of what these two will be able to do with talented guys like Bobby Roode, EC3, and Eric Young. The possibilities are endless!
If given the opportunity to have a little control, I could see these two taking WWE back to its glory days. Months ago, it seemed like the WWE had probably the most talented roster they have ever had, but they kept wondering why all these stars still wanted to leave. It was because of creative and not many opportunities to succeed. Signing Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman, however, answers both of those issues if given the time. This is a life saving move by Vince McMahon.
However, keep in mind that the only way this project succeeds (or fails) lies with what Vince decides to say “Yes” or “No” to. As a wrestling fan, this should be enough to keep you nervous.
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