WWE had plans that needed to be changed in a big way. The company was still able to pre-record one episode before Vince McMahon altered everything.

During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed Vince McMahon’s reasoning for making WWE go live each week. This decision was made on Friday afternoon, but they already had one episode in the can.

“It was Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. They were gonna do 5 episodes of SmackDown and 5 episodes of RAW and they were also gonna use Full Sail to do NXT at the same time. So everything was gonna be done between Friday and Monday.”

“Then Friday afternoon they taped one show and Friday afternoon Vince goes, ‘we’re not doing it this way.'”


It was noted that people in WWE had expectations that Vince McMahon might change his mind about pre-recording shows. They were set to record a month’s worth of television, but those plans didn’t happen.

They were able to get next week’s episode of SmackDown recorded which is why they announced so many matches. The fear of WWE’s television networks cutting their contracts was the reason for this change as they are contracted to produce live content 49 weeks a year.

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