Paul Heyman finished up his first week as the new Executive Director of Monday Night Raw, and he certainly didn't waste any time in bringing drastic changes to the WWE's flagship program.
The show kicked off with a bang, when Braun Strowman tackled Bobby Lashley through the LED screen. That set off a series of fireworks before both men were "injured" in storyline and had to be taken away in ambulances.
There was also a mixed tag match where Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch faced Mike and Maria Kanellis. The Archicect and the Irish Lass Kicker won when Lynch forced Mike to tap out, which led to Maria berating him while revealing her pregnancy.
Indeed, there was a major change to the product on television this week, with some more doses of The Attitude and Ruthless Aggression eras. And according to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Vince McMahon and WWE executives "were immensely pleased" about the show - more specifically "the pacing, tone, and essence."
WWE also brought back The Undertaker to issue warnings to both Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre - before they go up against The Deadman and Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules. And in the boldest move yet, WWE turned A.J. Styles heel after he attacked Ricochet - while reuniting with Gallows and Anderson.
Heyman was the genius who built ECW into one of the world's top wrestling promotions in the '90s. He was among the most influential writers in the early years for SmackDown as well, helping WWE launch deeper into The Attitude Era in the early 2000s. Now, Heyman gets his shot to change Raw for the better. So far, so good.
What This Means
Vince finally made the right decision to relinquish some of his power and let Heyman and Eric Bischoff (the new Executive Director of SmackDown Live) start running the shows. Vince's way simply wasn't working effectively anymore, and with Heyman and Bischoff leading the way, we can expect a major improvement in the general WWE television product.