• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (June 11, 2001) – WWF RAW IS WAR
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia and featured matches, interviews & segments, on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 2001’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. KOTR Qualifying Match: Christian vs. Kane
2. The Hardy Boyz vs. X-Pac & Justin Credible
3. Handicap Match: Rhyno & The Big Show vs. Chris Jericho
4. KOTR Qualifying Match: Perry Saturn vs. Steve Blackman
5. Spike Dudley & The Dudley Boyz vs. Crash Holly, Hardcore Holly & Molly Holly
6. Steel Cage Match: Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit
• Old School WWF Jobber Of The Day: Gary Royal
• Real Reason Behind Paul Heyman Being Removed As The Executive Director Of RAW
After serving as the Executive Director of RAW for almost one year, Paul Heyman has been replaced by the Executive Director of SmackDown, Bruce Prichard, for the position.
Prichard replaced Eric Bischoff for the role on SmackDown last year, and he has now replaced Heyman for the role on RAW as well. The company has brought together the creative teams for both RAW and SmackDown, which will be led by Prichard.
Below is WWE’s statement:
“In an effort to streamline our creative writing process for television, we have consolidated both teams from RAW and SmackDown into one group, led by Bruce Prichard. Paul Heyman will concentrate on his role as an in-ring performer.”
WrestleVotes is reporting that the reason behind Heyman being removed as the Executive Director of RAW is because of the show not having any specific direction. The script continuously got changed over the past couple of weeks.
“Regarding the creative change, source indicates that RAW has been a mess lately. At times recently the show has changed up to the point of air. While the blame isn’t solely on Heyman, he is the one taking the fall here. ‘It couldn’t continue like this’ was an exact quote I got.”
Regarding the creative change, source indicates that RAW has been a mess lately. At times recently the show has changed up to the point of air. While the blame isn’t solely on Heyman, he is the one taking the fall here. “It couldn’t continue like this” was an exact quote I got.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) June 12, 2020
PWInsider also noted that Vince McMahon has been “very upset” and openly “frustrated” with RAW recently.
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