There have been some major shakeups to the WWE creative teams for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live, ahead of the blue brand’s impending jump to the FOX network this October.
On the Smackdown side of things, lead writer Ryan Ward is off the team – at least for now – after asking for time off from the company, per Wrestling Observer Radio. This week’s show was written by Vince McMahon on Monday and Tuesday afternoon, which isn’t unusual as reports of McMahon “tearing up the script” have become somewhat commonplace.
To replace him, WWE’s veteran Vice President of Creative Writing Ed Koskey has been moved to the Smackdown side and will be working directly with Eric Bischoff going forward. Jonathan Baeckstrom, who has been the head writer for 205 Live for the last three years, will take over as head writer for the Raw brand working with Paul Heyman.
This has been noted before, but it bears repeating. Because of the nature of talent appearing on both brands, and Raw and Smackdown being largely similar, interchangeable shows, the writing teams have also had to remain fluid.
However, the plan is to hold a new WWE Draft this October after Smackdown moves to FOX and at that point, the writing teams as well as the rosters, will be kept apart with different visions for each show. Theoretically.