KELLER & POWELL FLAGSHIP (12/5)
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Dean Malenko, who began working behind the scenes for WWE after retiring from in-ring action in 2001, has left his job as a producer on the main roster. Malenko’s departure comes after Arn Anderson was recently released and with WWE gearing for their launch on Fox in October and bringing in several new producers behind the scenes, his departure leaves another void. WWE has brought on several new faces to produce recently including Sonjay Dutt, Shawn Daivari, Shane Helms, and Abyss.
Jeff Jarrett is also working as a producer and a member of the creative team behind the scenes and serves as someone to bridge the gap between creative and talent. Bruce Pritchard was also brought back recently as a member of the creative team. A lot of the new faces were brought on board to get ready for when the company launches on Fox in October to learn on the job, as the expectation was that Raw and Smackdown would have separate sets of producers come the launch of Smackdown on Fox.
B.G. James recently stepped down from his role as co-head writer on Smackdown and creative team member R.D. Evans also recently quit before he could be fired from the company when he was blamed by Vince McMahon for Vince’s name being mentioned during the speech he produced for Bret Hart at the WWE HOF ceremony WrestleMania weekend. Vince addressed the issue behind the scenes and all indications were he was going to fire Evans, but Evans quit on the spot. With all of the recent comings and goings on the creative team and producers, WWE is likely going to have to fill some holes behind the scenes in the near future.
Malenko is not expected to return to wrestling according to PWTorch sources, as he’s expected to retire and return home to his family. Malenko was well liked behind the scenes by many and will be missed according to sources. Malenko is expected to do conventions and appearances going forward. Sports Illustrated was first to report that Malenko quit the company.