Paul Heyman had specific people that he wanted to push while he was executive director of WWE RAW. Then he was removed from that position and those Superstars mostly went by the wayside.

Bruce Prichard became executive director for both RAW and SmackDown. He also instituted stranglehold on information as a huge backstage power grab. The company’s intention with many of Paul Heyman’s choice Superstars also changed in a big way.

During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Andrade was one of the people who Paul Heyman wanted to push, but WWE saw otherwise. Aleister Black is in that group of people as well, but Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard obviously don’t feel the same about those people as Heyman did.

I mean when Paul Heyman was gone, Aleister Black, Buddy Murphy, and Andrade — it was not a good day for any of them. Like I said when he was gone. They are not Vince’s favorites and Garza is another one and when Heyman was gone it was not going to be good for any of them.”


Some called those Superstars Heyman wanted to push “the SmackDown catering crew.” He saw potential in them, but due to many unavoidable circumstances he never got to see that full vision play out.

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