WWE officials finalized a big shake-up of the creative team on Wednesday of this week.
Dave Meltzer of F4Wonline.com reported that the changes have been in the works for some time. Several key positions were changed as the RAW and SmackDown TV writing teams are being split up before the talent roster split in early October, which is the WWE Draft return that was revealed on Wednesday before the shake-up news leaked. You can read our report on the return of the Draft by clicking here.
Regarding the shake-up done on Wednesday, Ryan Ward is no longer working as the head SmackDown writer. There had been a feeling within WWE that some kind of change on the blue brand writing team was inevitable and it's been reported as of late how Vince McMahon has regularly made significant changes to the weekly SmackDown TV scripts. The official reason for Ward's removal is that he's on a personal leave.
Veteran writer Ed Koskey, who is also WWE's Vice President of Creative Writing, will now be leading the blue brand as the top TV writer, working with SmackDown Executive Director Eric Bischoff. Koskey, who began working with WWE more than 18 years ago and spent more than 10 of those years as a top writer, had recently been working as the lead RAW writer.
With Koskey leaving RAW for SmackDown, Jonathan Baeckstrom will be taking over as the new lead writer for the red brand, working with RAW Executive Director Paul Heyman. Baeckstrom is coming over from 205 Live, where he has worked as the head writer since November 2016. Heyman is apparently high on Baeckstrom as he actually brought him to RAW from 205 Live shortly after he was given the Executive Director role.
Stay tuned for news on potential WWE changes as we go into the fall and the SmackDown Fox premiere on Friday, October 4. It's been reported that WWE is looking to "freshen up" everything here soon, so it could be very interesting to see what they come up with.