Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff Named Executive Directors of WWE RAW and Smackdown

Via Sports Illustrated

WWE has named Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff as Executive Directors.

Heyman is set to become Executive Director of Monday Night Raw, while Bischoff will fill the same role for SmackDown Live. Both will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

The two positions are full-time executive roles, with no plans at the current time for this to be introduced as part of a TV storyline.

Best known as a pioneer for his work as ECW president from 1993-2001, Paul Heyman took the company to unfathomable heights on pay-per-view and through a national cable television deal with TNN.

Eric Bischoff will also work directly with executives from FOX, which will air SmackDown Livebeginning this October.

The former WCW president, immortal in the industry for igniting the New World Order storyline, started a wrestling war in 1995 against Vince McMahon’s WWE on Monday nights.

With Bischoff in charge, WCW’s Nitro even defeated McMahon’s Monday Night Raw in the television ratings for 83 consecutive weeks. Bischoff made his WWE debut in the summer of 2002, appearing as the Raw General Manager.

His full-time run with the company ended in 2007, though he has made the occasional return, most recently during the Raw 25th Anniversary show in January of 2018.