Here is your spoiler-free wrestling update for Thursday, June 27th, 2019.
Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff Named Executive Directors of RAW and Smackdown
In a major shakeup to their front office, WWE has named Paul Heyman and Erich Bischoff as their new head of TV.
— WWE (@WWE) June 27, 2019
WWE has named Paul Heyman as Executive Director of Monday Night Raw and Eric Bischoff as Executive Director of SmackDown LIVE, newly created positions reporting directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
In their executive roles, Heyman and Bischoff will oversee the creative development of WWE’s flagship programming and ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business. The creation of these roles further establishes WWE’s ability to continuously reinvent its global brand while providing two distinct creative processes for its flagship shows.
With more than 30 years of experience in the sports-entertainment industry, Heyman served as President of ECW from 1993 to 2001, securing pay-per-view distribution for the company as well as a national cable television deal with TNN. After his time with ECW, Heyman joined WWE’s Creative team and is widely credited with helping launch the careers of many current and former WWE Superstars.
Bischoff is a former WCW President and New York Times bestselling author. During his WCW career, Bischoff oversaw the signing of some of the biggest names in sports-entertainment and helped create and develop the nWo storyline. He was also instrumental in securing a television deal for WCW Monday Nitro on TNT and WCW Thunder on TBS. After WCW, Bischoff co-founded Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, a production company that launched TV reality shows and mobile games
WWE To Air EVOLVE Show Same Night As Fyter Fest
EVOLVE will debut on the WWE Network the same night that Fight for the Fallen streams on B/R Live and Fite, July 13th, 2019. Matt Riddle will face Drew Gulak on the show. Kenny Omega was not thrilled that WWE chose to live-stream an event as counter-programming to AEW’s charity event.
“If lining your pockets with blood money is okay, then what’s wrong with trying to undermine a charity show for victims of gun violence?” Omega posted in a since-deleted Tweet. “I hear that healthy competition is supposed to be a good thing and yet I can’t help but feel like I’m gonna be sick.”
He deleted that Tweeted and followed it up with the following:
CM Punk Files Countersuit Against Colt Cabana
According to a report from PW Insider, CM Punk’s lawyers have filed a countersuit against Colt Cabana. Cabana has an active lawsuit against Punk for $200,000 that his team contends were legal fees Punk had promised to pay. Punk is seeking $600,000 for half of the legal expenses he says he incurred as a result of the pair’s defense against a lawsuit from WWE doctor Chris Amann.
Chris Jericho To Appear At Fight For The Fallen
Jericho was announced as appearing at the July 13th show in Jacksonville:
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 26, 2019
Sami Callihan vs Tessa Blanchard Confirmed For Slammiversary
Tessa Blanchard answered Sami Callihan’s challenge from Friday’s Impact on Twitter:
— Tessa Blanchard (@Tess_Blanchard) June 25, 2019
Impact then officially confirmed the match for the PPV:
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 25, 2019
FireFly Fun House Characters On Smackdown
There were more sightings of Bray Wyatt’s FireFly Fun House characters on Smackdown last night:
So there were apparently 2 more of @WWEBrayWyatt's puppets on #SDLive. Apologies for being so late, I actually slept through SD. Shockingly. I'm extremely interested in seeing where things are gonna go within the next few weeks! #BrayWyatt #TheFiend #FireflyFunHouse pic.twitter.com/icOyAZ52sM
— Bray Wyatt Guy (@BrayWyattGuy_98) June 26, 2019
Our first #FireflyFunhouse sighting of the night…
— Glenn Rubenstein (@GlennRubenstein) June 26, 2019
Jinder Mahal Re-Signs With WWE
According to a report from Pro Wrestling Sheet, Jinder Mahal has signed a new 5-year deal with WWE.
Colt Cabana Pulled From Best in the World
Colt Cabana has been taken out of a scheduled tag match with Nick Aldis against the Briscoes for Best in the World on Friday. He’s been dealing with a large hematoma on his leg which is preventing him from flying. No replacement has been announced so far.
— Colt Cabana (@ColtCabana) June 25, 2019
Big Cass Posts Video About Battling Anxiety and Depression
Big Cass posted the following video on battling anxiety and depression:
“If anybody out there suffers with depression or anxiety and you’re hiding it because there’s a stigma out there that you’re weak, you’re not weak,” he said. “Whatever it is, you need to go seek help. Whether it’s medication or talk therapy or whatever it is that you need, you need to get it, because hiding it deep down isn’t going to work. That’s what I did for a long time and eventually, ‘Pop!’ It’s just an explosion. Whatever you need to do fix it, make sure you do that, because keeping that sh*t bottled up deep down, it ain’t worth it. From someone that lived it, seek help.”