Paul Heyman: Raw Is WWE's B Show
SmackDown is WWE's A Show, Heyman believes
While Monday Night Raw has traditionally been WWE's flagship show, it has been somewhat usurped by Friday Night SmackDown ever since the blue brand moved to FOX in 2019. SmackDown consistently draws higher ratings than Raw and the Friday night show currently has WWE's biggest star in Roman Reigns on the roster.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani of BT Sport ahead of the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Paul Heyman noted that Raw is "clearly the B show" now, but Roman Reigns' special counsel doesn't want the red brand to do badly.
"There is no rivalry, SmackDown has beaten the sh*t out of Raw. Raw is clearly the B show. There is no more competition. We won. I have no bitterness towards Raw. If Raw goes sour, it hurts SmackDown. If Raw goes sour, it hurts WWE. It hurts the stock. The stock goes sour, it hurts me personally," Heyman began.
"I don't want Raw to do bad. I wish Raw would do even better and provide stiffer competition to SmackDown. If a star emerges on Raw that Roman Reigns can draw box office with? We have another opponent. The problem with Roman Reigns is not the limit of his greatness. Roman's greatness gets more defined as every performance is put forth," he continued.
"The problem with Roman Reigns is; we have such a limited number of people that we can viably and actually work with that people will look at and say, 'That's an opponent for Roman Reigns, that's someone I'd like to see challenge the Tribal Chief. That's why Brock Lesnar's return is so huge. We don't have five other people waiting in the wings that automatically step up and can be a credible opponent for Roman Reigns."
While Heyman may see Raw as the B show, the Monday Night brand romped to victory at Survivor Series on Sunday, November 21. Check out the full results from the pay-per-view here.
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