I can confirm from more than one source that a meeting took place this week with Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman to discuss WWE creative. While the gist was McMahon was looking for input, a spot on the creative team was not offered to Heyman.
I’m told while McMahon was seeking input from Paul, he was very stern with him about leaking information deemed confidential. One source told me neither Vince nor Stephanie McMahon trust Heyman, however, CM Punk has gone to bat for him in terms of using his ideas to improve the product.
This week’s disastrous Raw rating had Vince throwing up his hands which ultimately led to the meeting, believed to be under the discretion of CM Punk. In fact, one source said the meeting began with Punk, Heyman and Vince and ended with Heyman and Vince in a “closed door” setting.
The result of the meeting has a lot of people talking about Vince “setting his pride aside” for the good of the business while also exemplifying Punk’s tremendous backstage power and influence. Considered a taboo name earlier in the year, Heyman has not only landed a role back on WWE television but is now regaining influence with creative direction and input (all because of the current WWE Champion).