• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (June 27, 1998) – WCW Worldwide
On this day in 1998, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Worldwide’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches & highlights on the road to the ‘WCW Bash at the Beach 1998’ PPV.
The card of the show can be found here:
1) Psychosis vs. Prince Iaukea
2) Kanyon promo
3) Earnest Miller vs. Frank Lancaster
4) Highlights from Nitro
5) Norman Smiley vs. Barry Houston
6) WCW Motorsports
7) Silver King vs. Lorenzo
8) Rick Rude & Curt Hennig promo
9) Booker T vs. Ultimo Dragon
• Backstage Notes Regarding Paul Heyman & Eric Bischoff Running RAW & SmackDown
WWE announced the following earlier today:
“WWE has named Paul Heyman as Executive Director of Monday Night Raw and Eric Bischoff as Executive Director of SmackDown LIVE, newly created positions reporting directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
In their executive roles, Heyman and Bischoff will oversee the creative development of WWE’s flagship programming and ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business. The creation of these roles further establishes WWE’s ability to continuously reinvent its global brand while providing two distinct creative processes for its flagship shows.”
According to PWInsider, WWE officials were talking with Heyman about this new role since February and the deal with Bischoff was made within the last few weeks.
WWE offered Heyman a position as a top member of the WWE creative team around the same time Bruce Prichard was hired as Senior Vice President a few months back.
Regarding Heyman’s role as Brock Lesnar’s manager, he will continue to accompany Brock on WWE TV.
While everyone eventually reports to Vince McMahon in the end, below are the people that basically run WWE’s various shows:
RAW – Paul Heyman
SmackDown – Eric Bischoff
NXT – Triple H
No word yet on if Bischoff will have an on-screen role on SmackDown.