WWE creative team member Bruce Prichard is once again on hiatus from the SmackDown! team. He is away dealing with personal issues.
WWE has formally released Barry Werner, the man behind WWE’s magazines. Werner had a strong publishing background and was paid rather well by WWE, which likely implies money was a factor in the decision to let him go. For the time being, Shane McMahon will assume Werner’s duties with assistance from his right-hand man Jim Monsees. Everyone in the magazine department will report to the duo.