Last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw came and went with some great action along with very little behind-the-scenes drama, something last Monday’s outing was reportedly rife with. At last week’s Raw, Vince McMahon was said to be in the powerful Gorilla position behind the entrance curtain, wearing a headset, and making several last-minute changes. His returning WWE create presence was said to cause a huge hit to the locker room morale of the pro wrestling juggernaut, with some possibly looking for the exits, contract-wise.
Fightful is reporting that many of the WWE employees they have spoken with are in “wait and see” mode in regard to McMahon’s involvement in creative, and elsewhere. He was not backstage at Smackdown this past Friday night and the show was said to run smoothly, with the creative team knowing the plans for the show more than twenty-four hours in advance. Trepidation among those backstage about how much power McMahon could decide to take back is warranted as he will serve as the executive chairman for the new publicly traded company Endeavor will soon launch, merging WWE with UFC.
With that in mind, all eyes were on Raw last night to see if McMahon’s fingerprints would find their way onto the Raw product. Many WWE talent were affected by delays on their way to last night’s show, which was noted at the top of the program, but that doesn’t appear to be the reason McMahon wasn’t in Seattle. According to PWInsider, McMahon was back in Stamford, CT last night where he went over the Raw script beforehand. Some changes were made but apparently not because of McMahon, and they were not major.
Fightful confirmed that McMahon was not backstage at Raw and noted that he had already made plans for the night before Endeavor’s purchase of WWE, and his renewed clout. Whether McMahon will be around more going forward has yet to be seen and is certainly something all pro wrestlers, and pro wrestling fans, will be keeping an eye on.
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