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Figure Four Weekly: First Raw of the Paul Heyman era

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Though it was only the beginning of him easing into the role, the first Raw of the Paul Heyman era showed promising signs for his future as executive director.

It was surprising that -- during the build to a pay-per-view where the top of the card has already been announced -- Heyman's presence was so obvious. Even if WWE didn't announce his executive director role, it still would have been easy to tell that something was different about the episode.

It started with a literal bang that doubled as a statement of intent. Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley's falls count anywhere match kicked off the show and ended in a no contest. Strowman charged at Lashley, with explosions going off as they crashed through the stage. The angle was treated with complete seriousness. Corey Graves even let out an uncensored "holy sh*t" on commentary.

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