WWE news: Jerry Lawler says Paul Heyman is helping WWE ease away from heavily scripted promos

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Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler has stated WWE is easing away from heavily scripted promos, but a former WWE writer has challenged him on this statement.

WWE is well known for their scripted promos, with some fans arguing the promos are sometimes too scripted and they don’t come off as organic or believable.

During a recent appearance on the Steve Austin Show, Jerry Lawler discussed the topic of scripted promos and the effect Paul Heyman has had since taking charge of Raw as its Executive Director.

The King has stated Heyman being in charge of the red brand has allowed a lot of superstars to have the opportunity to be themselves.

Lawler said, via Wrestling Inc: "Now that Paul Heyman is sort of in charge of Raw, it's so much not the characters that are being predetermined by the writers or creative.

"They're giving the guys a chance to be themselves just like [Austin was] back when [Austin] became 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin. Nobody was telling you, 'oh, this is how it [has] got to be.' [Austin was himself] and [he] was given that opportunity and [Austin] took it."

Austin agreed, and added WWE doesn’t need to micromanage their superstars, otherwise they will turn them into robots.

He said: "When you've got somebody micromanaging you and telling you every single thing to do, you kind of turn into a robot and you think, 'am I doing this right? Am I doing this wrong? Am I screwing this up?' You're too much in your head."

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However, former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz, who now works with The Rock as part of his Seven Bucks Productions, has argued that heavily scripted promos have never been the case.

He stated in a tweet that writers don’t demand superstars to follow the script they give them, those orders come from above them.

Gewirtz tweeted: “Friendly reminder: WWE writers don’t demand wrestlers do it word for word “their” way. Ever.

“They do what’s instructed of them & have seen the consequences of what happens when they don’t. If that’s changing GREAT. They’d much RATHER collaborate than dictate! I know I did.”

Gewirtz worked with The Rock and helped create WWE history, so he knows a thing or two about the business.

If stepping away from heavily scripted promos helps to improve WWE programming, then fans will be all for it.

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