Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Regarding rumors of "Road Dogg" Brian James replacing Ryan Ward as the head writer of WWE SmackDown, James actually received a corporate promotion over Ward, according to The Wrestling Observer. The story was first reported by Top Rope Press. The official title may be head consultant but that's not confirmed.
While James got a promotion and is technically above Ward, Ward is still titled the lead writer for SmackDown. James and Ward have essentially been co-head writer of the show since it started receiving praise several months back.
The former DX member is said to be Triple H's emissary on SmackDown and is to be one of the major backstage power brokers going forward, especially when Triple H takes over.
Subscribe to The Wrestling Observer by clicking here. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus history pieces. New subscribers can also receive free classic issues.