Paul Heyman is nearly a full month into his new gig as the Executive Director of Monday Night Raw, and his ideas and long-term vision are becoming clearer by the day.
The main event for this week's episode of Raw saw 10 superstars participate in a battle Royal to determine the No. 1 contender for Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship at SummerSlam. Seth Rollins emerged victorious to set up a rematch with the Beast Incarnate, but the Battle royal also provided of the direction Heyman wants to go down.
According to Tom Colohue, the participants of the battle royal are the same superstars Heyman wants to build the "main event scene" around. Those superstars are Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Sami Zayn, Roman Reigns, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Cesaro and Braun Strowman.
Paul Heyman's run down of the men in Monday's #Raw battle royal (Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Roman Reigns, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins) is believed to be his intended main event scene as Executive Director. #WWE— Tom Colohue (@Colohue) July 19, 2019
SmackDown Live superstars Randy Orton and Big E also competed in the battle royal, but they're obviously not going to be around much on the Raw main event brand.
Even though Reigns is a SmackDown superstar, he remains one of the company's most marketable stars - and the wild card rule will allow him to cross over to Raw as often as needed. Thus, it's no surprise that Heyman apparently wants Reigns to be one of the top main eventers.
Rollins has been the top face of Raw for some time now, and his feud with Lesnar will certainly remain the main storyline for the time being. Strowman, Lashley and Corbin all seem due for major pushes, but WWE hasn't gone that direction with either yet. As for Zayn, Cesaro and Rey Mysterio, they've been used primarily in the mid-card. It'll be interesting what changes Heyman brings for each superstar.
What This Means
We can expect to see some more major changes in Raw's main event picture, now that Heyman has his plans and ideas in motion. The main event card has needed some changes for quite some time, and Heyman is loaded with star power on the Raw brand here. It remains to be seen how Heyman changes things up, but it promises to be for the better.