We may get some questions answered tomorrow night at WWE Backlash as far as some of the people who were considered projects of Paul Heyman.
As noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there was a long list of wrestlers that Heyman was pushing and only a few are guaranteed to keep their spots. WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is someone that McMahon likes so he is likely not in any danger of getting pushed down the card.
Dave Meltzer noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that, in addition to McIntyre, the following names were among those considered Heyman projects: Andrade, Rey Mysterio, Austin Theory, The Street Profits, Viking Raiders, Murphy, Aleister Black, Angel Garza, Vega, Crews, Asuka, Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax.
I noted earlier today that the current internal card for Backlash has Apollo Crews defending the United States Championship against Andrade on the Kickoff show and not on the main card.
“I am shocked it took this long,” a WWE front office person told Dave Meltzer in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter. “Everyone knew it was coming. Vince did not like Paul.”
The ironic thing here is that there were stories over a decade ago about Stephanie McMahon working with Heyman on SmackDown even though she didn’t like him. Vince appears to have a love/hate relationship with Heyman because Heyman was fired twice in the past from creative duties.
In 2006, there was a big blow-up between Vince McMahon and Heyman and that led to Heyman leaving the company until his return in 2012 when Brock Lesnar was brought back.