Everyone was caught by surprise in regards to WWE's announcement today.

In case you missed it, Eric Bischoff has been pegged to run Smackdown Live, and Paul Heyman set to run WWE Raw as "Executive Directors." Fightful reached out to WWE to find out when the roles would start, and if it would affect the WWE Wild Card rule, and haven't heard back.

We did, however, hear back from several wrestlers and employees of the company. Unanimously, across genders, roles, and positions in the company were very surprised by the news, and hadn't even heard of it coming.

The first reaction was a longtime WWE wrestler wondering aloud why Triple H wasn't set for one of the roles, and another saying that was some of the immediate chatter that they had heard. Another wrestler compared it to Shane McMahon wanting to improve his spot in the company but being bypassed, but we should note, this was simply discussion and chatter about why Triple H wasn't moved into the role, without much to add to it.

There was some pessimism to the announcement as well. One wrestler said that "Vince is still in charge, so that's all you really need to know," while another told us that the move couldn't possibly be worse than how things have went lately.

Fightful will keep you updated on all the latest.

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