One of the biggest surprises in wrestling history occurred recently, and it all happened backstage. Vince McMahon has brought his Monday Night War rivals Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff back to run RAW and Smackdown respectively, signaling yet another new era in WWE history. While Vince is ultimately the guy who is still in charge of everything, these new showrunners signal a huge revolution. Below are the twelve biggest changes that Heyman and Bischoff are likely to bring with them as they take over WWE’s flagship shows!

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12: A Focus on ‘Shock’ Booking
Eric Bischoff’s back, and that probably means a big return to swerves and shock booking. Remember, when Bischoff was in charge of WCW he was a huge fan of going left when fans thought that he’d go right. […]

11: Hardcore Wrestling Returns
There’s a really good chance that we’ll see some kind of return to more hardcore wrestling with Heyman back. For those of you who don’t remember, Heyman was the man behind Extreme Championship Wrestling, which was once the innovator of hardcore wrestling and the third most popular wrestling promotion in the United States. […]

10: Stables, Stables, Stables
One big thing that’s missing from the modern WWE is stables. Sure, the League of Nations isn’t that far behind us (unfortunately, I might add), but we’re really missing out on those big groups of wrestlers that used to dominate the industry. Not only is Bischoff very well known for loving stables (nWo, Raven’s Flock, Wolfpac,One Warrion Nation, Lucha World Order, etc), but he’s also a huge fan of Japanese wrestling. […]

9: Ricochet Rules
Heyman has always been very good at making stars. Remember, he had a hand in helping to develop the characters of both Steve Austin and Mick Foley, and he kept working behind the scenes to push guys like Kurt Angle, CM Punk, and Eddie Guerrero. […]

8: Title Changes
Ricochet getting title shots isn’t the only thing you’re going to see changing in WWE. While McMahon and company might be fond of keeping titles on guys like Brock Lesnar for the better part of a year, Bischoff’s WCW saw plenty of frequent title changes. […]

7: Core Casts
We can actually look back to Heyman’s run in the early 2000s for proof of this one. Heyman’s very big on working with a core cast of six to eight wrestlers and having them carry his shows while he works on building up other wrestlers. The Smackdown Six had incredible matches, and it’s very likely that Heyman will build up a new version of that concept on Raw. […]

6: Corporate Synergy
There are many rumors about Bischoff’s new role in WWE, but one of those that make the most sense has to do with Smackdown’s move to FOX. McMahon has never been great at working with other companies, but Bischoff has always been fantastic about making sure his shows synergize well with his networks’ other products. […]

5: Promo Classes
No one cuts a promo quite like Paul Heyman. Not only is Paul himself incredibly skilled on the mic, but he has a knack for helping others get to that point as well. Whether it’s giving wrestlers tips or actually helping them to write promos, Heyman has always been good at finding ways to get wrestlers over on the mic. […]

4: International Wrestling
Bischoff might be best remembered for promoting older stars like Hulk Hogan, but he actually had a huge role in bringing in a ton of international talent to WCW. A huge fan of both Japanese and Mexican wrestling, Bischoff not only gave wrestlers like Rey Misterio and Eddie Guerrero a platform in the US for the first time, but he also worked closely with Japanese promotions to trade talent. […]

3: Looser Scripts
Heyman is a bit of a contradiction when it comes to scripting shows. On one hand, he is an excellent wrestling writer who can come up with compelling plots and great scripts when doing so is called for. On the other, though, he seems very comfortable with the idea of letting wrestlers have more leeway.[…]

2: More Tweeners
One of the best parts of the early nWo era in WCW was its abandonment of clear heroes and villains. Bischoff knew that crowds liked to cheer for the bad guys, and he gave them plenty of characters who straddled the line between heel and face. […]

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