The men and woman who step into the squared circle every night and put on a show for millions of fans may be the ones who grab the limelight in the WWE but the team behind them are often just as important.
The WWE Creative are the ones who piece together storylines and are responsible for some of the most well received, and criticised, moments in wrestling. The show simply couldn't happen without them.
News today, then, that one of the WWE's longest serving writers has quit the company after receiving an offer from none other than WWE legend, The Rock, will mean the company continues without a trusted member of their team.
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The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via WrestlingInc, are reporting that Brian Gewirtz is set to sever all ties with the WWE after over 15 years working in the creative department.
"Gewirtz gave his notice to the company a few weeks back and said his goodbyes to people at the June 29th RAW...He is now working as an executive for Seven Bucks Entertainment, which is owned by The Rock and his ex-wife Dany Garcia."
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Gewirtz is hugely respected in WWE circles and, during his decade and a half of employment, he was even the lead writer for RAW at one stage.
The talented writer had stepped back slightly from full time involvement with the WWE in recent years though, taking on more of a home-based consultancy role, but remained under contract with the company until last month.
He still played a part in script selection and did work for the improving WWE Network.
The fact that he has been effectively poached by The Rock may be disappointing to wrestling fans but it isn't too much of a surprise.
Brian Gewirtz and The Rock enjoyed a stellar working relationship whilst the Superstar was a full-time wrestler for the WWE and this continued even as they both became part-time.
Indeed, according to WrestlingInc, The Rock still insisted on the veteran writer being brought in when ever he returned to WWE TV so that he could take control of his creative.
Whether The Rock brings Gewirtz back to work with him when he inevitably returns for big WWE shows such as WrestleMania remains to be seen but the WWE will certainly feel the absence of such an experienced writer during their regular broadcasts.
WWE fans: How would you rate the current state of WWE Creative? Is it getting better or worse? Have your say in the comments below...
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