Dave Meltzer reported on WrestlingObserver.com that SmackDown lead writer Ryan Ward is out. Officially, his departure is being called “personal leave.” There signs of trouble for Ward because Vince McMahon has been ripping up the SmackDown scripts and heavily editing the show himself.
The lead writer for Monday Night Raw, Ed Koskey, is being moved to SmackDown and he will work with Eric Bischoff. Koskey has been one of the key writers for over 10 years and he’s been with the company for over 18 years. He currently holds the title of Vice President of Creative Writing.
Meltzer also noted that the plan is to split the Raw and SmackDown writing teams before the next draft takes place in October.
The new lead writer of Monday Night Raw will be Jonathan Baeckstrom and he will work under Paul Heyman. He’s been the lead writer for 205 Live since November 2016 but Heyman moved him from that show when he was named as Executive Director.
You can expect more changes and shake ups in the coming weeks as WWE prepares for SmackDown to move to FOX. As noted earlier, the “Wild Card rule” is expected to end and the plan is to have a hard roster split for Raw and SmackDown by October.
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