Last year it was announced that Paul Heyman had been named Executive Director of Monday Night Raw, and that Eric Bischoff had been named Executive Director of Friday Night SmackDown. Bischoff didn’t last long in the position. Heyman held on for a while, but a few months ago it was revealed that he was fired.
Heyman recently spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani about the conversation he had with Vince McMahon when he was fired, and he made it clear that they ended things on good terms.
“When I took the role of Executive Director, I made an agreement with Vince McMahon. I want this job as long as every morning Vince McMahon woke up, he said thank God or whatever deity he subscribes to [that] Paul Heyman is looking after the store on Raw. And the day that Vince McMahon didn’t wake up and feel that way, I didn’t want the job anymore. I’ve been in a similar role when Vince was not happy with me and it’s a miserable existence. I didn’t want it and apparently on that day on that given time and given moment, Vince didn’t wake up that morning thanking whatever deity he subscribes to that Paul Heyman was in charge of Raw. We left with a smile, a handshake, and a hug. Absolutely no harsh feelings and actually better feelings about each other because of the way that it ended because it’s ended miserably before.”
Even though Heyman was fired from his job as Executive Director of Raw, he recently returned to TV to work as an advisor for Roman Reigns, which seems to be working out quite well for him.
“And proof positive of that is on the quarterly earnings call, when asked about Paul Heyman, Vince McMahon didn’t say ‘eh, we needed a new vision, eh we needed someone else, eh he ran his course, eh he was great but we had to go with this other person.’ Vince McMahon’s only comment was ‘I thought he did a great job creatively.’ It was my time. My run in terms of serving at the pleasure of the chairman was up and then this opportunity presented itself both for me, for Roman and for WWE and we all jumped on it.”