Recently-inducted WWE Hall Of Famer Brian “Road Dogg” James has stepped down as one of the co-head writers of SmackDown Live, according to PWInsider. James has been serving as co-head writer along with Stephen Guerrieri (better known as Steve G.), with James working on the road and Guerrieri doing most of his work from WWE headquarters in Connecticut.
Guerrieri has maintained a role in WWE creative since 2012 and has had a lead writer position since 2014. The report notes that James had reached his “breaking point” with all of the changes made to the SmackDown Live scripts by Vince McMahon. The final straw came after Tuesday’s SmackDown Live from Brooklyn, New York. There is currently no news on who could be replacing James in the role.
However, the report points out that the lead writer position is more of a formality in today’s WWE than in years past. Everything that is pitched still goes through Vince McMahon, who either approves or rejects certain ideas, and makes tweaks to the script as late as during the actual show. There is no confirmation as to whether or not James will be transitioning to another role within the company.