Things are changing. Slowly. Since Paul Heyman assumed (a degree of) control on Monday Night RAW, the programme has improved exponentially...
...from a 3 to a 6.
The strange patten of ritual, nonsensical, counterproductive bullsh*t appears to have lifted. Cedric Alexander is gradually getting over with the audience by entering spirited, fiery babyface performances and not pretending getting the piss beaten out of him was a masterplan. The Two out of Three Falls era is over, as is the relentlessly ugly campaign to bury the Revival and push Shane McMahon. There's a sense that the company is genuinely focused on harnessing the potential of its midcard.
Ricochet is a constant fixture on RAW. Cedric is being positioned as a breakthrough act. The King Of The Ring tournament feels less like a half-hearted vehicle with which to push a heel WWE is high on but not truly convinced by, and more like a real project premised on showcasing several acts and creating a sense of meaning and stakes around the product.
Heyman has thus far produced in his role as Executive Director - but he's still operating within the flawed WWE system.