We’ve obtained more details on the departure of head WWE writer David Kreizman. We’re told Dave was not only frustrated with the mass quantity of changes but felt “insulted” from the lack of faith and respect. He pushed for shows to have more flow and more of a “week to week” feel, however, he felt every time he would book something, plans would change and each week he had to “start a new pilot episode.”
Sources close to Kreizman tell us that he began to get frustrated trying to book guys like Damien Sandow and Antonio Cesaro. One week they were to be featured prominently and the next they were in the background. His frustration became more evident and vocal with the “flip the light switch” tag division, one week supporting stars and the next “audience members.”
As noted, Dave was a very successful soap opera writer. In TV, the writers know which characters are stars and which are in supporting roles and the writer’s job is to find roles and storylines for them. Kreizman didn’t like seeing scripts being tossed and re-written just hours before the shows went live.
We’re told Paul Heyman tried to tell him that it was just part of the business and not to take it personally, however, he did. According to close observers, Paul couldn’t get Kreizman to see the pro wrestling decree of “plans are subject to change.” The current state of storylines with the multiple turns is a combination of things written by Kreizman and Vince McMahon adding to them.
Paul Heyman was consulted to help book CM Punk and Brock Lesnar long-term. Paul and Dave were on the same page, however, Vince McMahon wanted to go ahead with Lesnar vs. Punk, which is why Brock returned on Monday. We’re able to confirm that Vince asked Heyman to help him finish this week’s Raw script. This caused a minor issue that is actually playing out on television where Stephanie McMahon doesn’t trust Vince’s choices and Triple H is stuck in the middle. In reality, Stephanie feels Heyman should be an on-air talent only while Vince seems to have more respect for his feel for the business.
At this point Kreizman was asked to work another eight weeks to finish up his direction. It looks like he’s been talked into staying and will continue to work his way into the booking process.