The post-WWE WrestleMania 39 Raw chaos is starting to become a thing of lore. After more than nine months at the helm of WWE creative, Paul “Triple H” Levesque saw his power usurped by a returning Vince McMahon. The blockbuster news that WWE was being sold to Endeavor was only hours old and, as part of the deal, McMahon will be taking on the powerful Executive Chairman role of a new company that will also include the UFC.
With the power in hand, McMahon arrived at Raw that night ready to put his fingerprints all over a product that had been crafted by his son-in-law. The show was reportedly marred in creative chaos backstage, with McMahon making multiple last-minute changes and seemingly tanking the morale of the locker room. In the wake of that show, McMahon has not returned to backstage responsibilities and has been working remotely. Many are said to be taking a “wait and see” approach in regard to what his role will look like going forward.
One chaotic incident from that Raw taping seemed to take place in plain sight, as multiple fans in attendance noticed a frustrated Seth Rollins talking sternly with a production assistant. Video of the incident was caught by cell phone cameras and has since gone viral.
On the latest episode of Wrestling With Freddie, hosted by new Premier Streaming Network co-owner, Freddie Prinze Jr., he and his co-host, Jeff Dye, recalled their first-hand experience watching that moment play out from the “good seats” they had for the show.
“Seth Rollins came out and they’re doing the whole thing and they played a commercial during his intro,” Dye began. “Then, we could kind of hear him having a freak out on some people that worked there, the kind of people that wear headphones.”
“He was pissed,” Prinze interjected.
“He’s going, ‘WHY IS THERE A COMMERCIAL?!,'” Dye said. “You couldn’t really hear what he was saying but you could just tell he was mad.”
“Yeah, he said, ‘WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!’ I saw that come out of his mouth,” Prinze added. “I think he was more pissed than pissed at them. I think he was more pissed at whoever backstage did that but, if I was him, I would have been just as angry, and I thought the way he dealt with it was so hardcore, and awesome. For those who don’t know, he had a backstage segment and then he walked to the middle of the ring for a promo segment because he wasn’t going to wrestle that night.”
“He comes out and they start playing not just a commercial, but a comedy segment reenacting a scene from the 40-Year-Old Virgin,” he continued. “Then we started to kind of see him lose it, you guys couldn’t see it because you had to watch that sketch again, I’m using the term sketch lightly. He was pissed, he was yelling, he was hot, and they come back from commercial.
“He gets a microphone and you legit just see it in his face where he’s like ‘Nah, man. I’m not doing this. They surprised me with this crap, I’m pissed, I’m just going to wait and let the crowd do what they do.’ We all did the ‘AHHHH AHHHHH AHHHH’ and instead of cutting a promo, he just throws the mic out of the ring and walked out, and walked out of the freaking show. You could tell me until you are blue in the face that was scripted. That is a bunch of BS, I know real stuff when I see it and that was real.”
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