A new report shed light on whether or not Vince McMahon’s retirement affected plans for the Raw from Madison Square Garden.
All eyes were on the July 25th episode of Monday Night Raw inside Madison Square Garden as it was the first episode of the red brand to take place following Vince McMahon’s retirement from WWE. The previous Friday, the former CEO took to social media and announced that he was officially retiring from all his duties with the company in the wake of an investigation into alleged misconduct and hush money payments.
In the wake of the news, Nick Khan and Stephanie McMahon were named co-CEO’s of the company, while Triple H was named both Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and head of WWE creative.
While the Madison Square Garden show was the first to be held under the new regime, a new report from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer says that the show went ahead largely as scripted prior to the news of Vince McMahon stepping down. Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer said that only minor changes were made to the script after it was written and approved on Thursday.
“This is probably not the show to judge anything by because this show was largely written before Vince left. It was written a lot on Thursday…nobody ripped up anything. There are a few minor changes is what I was told. Essentially, this was the show that had been approved. They’re not making any big changes or anything like that just yet and of course, they’re going to SummerSlam with the ideas in mind. The interest in this show was gigantic, they sold out.”
July 25th featured an anniversary celebration for Rey Mysterio on the 20th anniversary of his WWE debut. However, the celebration was cut short when Rhea Ripley returned from injury to reunite with The Judgment Day and attack both Rey and his son Dominik. Elsewhere on the show, Roman Reigns referenced Vince McMahon’s exit from WWE in a fiery promo against Theory. Full results from the episode can be found here.