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WWE SmackDown Gets New Lead Writer Amid Creative Shake-up

One big thing: WWE’s SmackDown undergoes behind-the-scenes change

Ryan Callahan, the lead writer for WWE’s SmackDown, has parted ways with the company. John Swikata, a longtime WWE writer, has been promoted to fill the position.

The details:

• Fightful Select reported the change in SmackDown’s lead writer position.
• Callahan’s departure was confirmed, but no further details were provided.
• Swikata is described as a “well-liked member of the company’s writing team” by WWE insiders.

Why it matters:

This shake-up comes at a crucial time for SmackDown, which just aired a headline-grabbing episode featuring:

• Three Money in the Bank qualifying matches
• Appearances by CM Punk and Drew McIntyre
• The WWE debut of Jacob Fatu, “The Samoan Werewolf”

The impact:

• Fatu’s debut was particularly notable, as he attacked Kevin Owens, Randy Orton, and Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes.
• Rhodes announced an injury following the attack, potentially altering upcoming storylines.

The big picture:

This creative change could signal a shift in SmackDown’s direction, potentially affecting storylines, character development, and overall show quality in the coming weeks.

What do you think about this change in SmackDown’s creative team? How might it affect the show’s future direction? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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