On April 3rd, Vince McMahon revealed that he would be involved in WWE creative going forward.
The Executive Chairman noted that he wouldn’t be involved “in the weeds,” instead his contribution would be at a “higher level.” McMahon’s comments came shortly after it was announced that WWE had secured a deal with Endeavor that would see the company join UFC in a multibillion-dollar merger.
Although McMahon stated that things wouldn’t be changing, come Monday Night Raw that night he was back running the show backstage.
It was reported that as the show progressed, McMahon became more and more involved. A number of changes were made to the show, and these continued while the show was going on. The same report stated there was “no doubt” that McMahon was “firmly back in control.” Furthermore, morale backstage was said to have nosedived as he seemingly pushed Triple H to one side to run TV once again.
However, it seems that the April 7th episode of SmackDown was very different. A new report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider, via PWInsider Elite, noted that McMahon was not at the show, adding that sources had claimed he reviewed creative for the show remotely.
Johnson states that there were changes made to the show, but they were only minor.
The hope is that McMahon’s influence was only so heavy at Raw as he was in the building. The report added that among those spoken to, the hope was that with McMahon away from television tapings, creative will be more in line with how things were in the run-up to WrestleMania.
The report closed by noting that some within the company felt the reaction on the internet made things out to be “1000% worse” than they actually are.
Vince McMahon Not Involved In WrestleMania 39 Main Event
In the wake of WrestleMania 39, it was reported that Vince McMahon had been backstage during the show, sparking speculation he could have been involved in how the match went down. This speculation went into overdrive when it was revealed that McMahon had been running Raw 24 hours later after WWE agreed a merger with UFC.
However, it has now been reported that it was “always the plan” within WWE for Roman Reigns to defeat Cody Rhodes.