WWE has been operated in the way that Vince McMahon sees fit for a very long time. Now things are apparently changing as Paul Heyman is nixing a long-standing tradition that was a nightmare for continuity.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Heyman is trying to make Raw appear as a real wrestling show with sports in mind. Therefore, if someone is injured one week then they might not be fine the next.
This is a huge departure from the previous norm where Superstars would show up the next week after a big match or destructive spot and appear unscathed. The idea of presenting less “fake dialogue” is also apparently something he is fighting for as well.
Paul Heyman for Raw is trying to go with the idea of having backstage interviews have less of the fake dialogue and come across more realistic, and that there would be more consequences, essentially what AEW promises with the idea that wins and losses will matter and that angles won’t just be forgotten and dropped, and if someone gets hurt one week they won’t be fine the next week.
WWE is already letting Kevin Owens cut his own promos which is a great start. Now it looks like more reality-based segments could be on the way as well. This is very interesting because as Dave Meltzer noted, a lot of these aspects that Heyman is bringing to the table might also be platforms that AEW intended to stand on and set them apart from the sports entertainment driven WWE product.