Brian ‘Road Dogg’ James left his WWE Head Writer role following WrestleMania 35 after a short spell in the role, at last admitting the reason why.
Following the conclusion of his in-ring career, Road Dogg served in a number of backstage roles with WWE, ranging from producer to writer. Eventually, he rose to become the Head Writer of Friday Night SmackDown, a gig he left following WrestleMania 35.
Talking on Sportskeeda Wrestling’s Wrestling Outlaws show, the multi-time Tag Team Champion explained that the post-‘Mania 35 booking of new WWE Champion Kofi Kingston led him to depart the role. In particular, Road Dogg was dismayed that Kingston defended the title just 24 hours removed from becoming champion:
“That’s one reason I walked away. It was one reason. There were several. That creative decision was one of them.”
Road Dogg elaborated, explaining how some fans didn’t perceive Kofi Kingston – or indeed Daniel Bryan, who he dethroned for the title at WrestleMania 35 – as World Champion material, owing to their smaller size:
“I do think there’s something to that, especially if you’re talking about the lay person. If you’re talking about the black t-shirt wearing guy that tunes into AEW, he doesn’t care, but real people go, ‘That dude? I’d kill that guy’.”
Kofi Kingston held the WWE Championship for 180 days, defending successfully against the likes of Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, and Randy Orton, before dropping the gold to Brock Lesnar in October 2019. He lost in just seven seconds.
Road Dogg is now back with WWE, being hired to the role of Senior Vice President of Live Events. He replaces Jeff Jarrett, who was abruptly let go in August.