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NewsMajor Backstage Update - The WWE Creative Team

Major Backstage Update – The WWE Creative Team



Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Just to recap for those who may have missed it last week with all the news – here are some notes on the current writing team structure in WWE:

* Stephanie McMahon is described as having a more minimized role.

* Brian “Road Dogg” James is now part of the creative team.

* Michael Hayes remains part of the creative process, but isn’t in the office as much and takes part in conference calls during major meetings.

* David “Ranjin Singh” Kapoor’s role has changed in that he delegates the work load to the writers after Vince McMahon makes any changes and works closely with TV, App and web people. This was described as more of a “show runner” position.

* Ed Koskey is now the lead writer for RAW.

* Ryan Ward (who was the writer for NXT) is now the lead writer of SmackDown.

* Of course, Vince McMahon makes the final decision and approves everything.

ORIGINAL: WWE head writer David Kreizman ended up extending his stay with the company until mid-August because his original direction built to SummerSlam and the company wanted him to stick around and see it through. Additionally, WWE wanted Kreizman to be involved with training his successor. There was said to be a general feeling in WWE that the new writer would have problems with the pressure in building towards a big event such as SummerSlam, whereas now he will be able to ease himself into the position and get comfortable from September through December before the next big event, WrestleMania, comes around.

Regarding creative changes, Stephanie McMahon’s role is said to have been minimized, as she’s now only involved when needed.

Brian James has been put into creative because the company wants a “wrestling guy” in on meetings now that Michael Hayes mainly communicates via telephone.

As far as the major television re-writes on Monday’s and Tuesday’s, David Kapoor (Ranjin Singh) was in charge of those, however his position too has changed recently. Kapoor now delegates the workload to the writers after Vince McMahon himself makes his changes. Kapoor also interacts with television people, the WWE App people and the WWE.com people to make sure they are aware of all late-changes.

Ed Koskey is now the lead writer for WWE RAW, while Ryan Ward, who comes in highly respected for his work in NXT, has been promoted to lead writer of SmackDown.

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