Vince McMahon celebrated his 75th birthday on Monday. He did so by showing up to RAW about an hour before the show was set to go live from the ThunderDome. Then he changed around as many things as he could.
RAW Underground was already taped as we previously reported. McMahon still did everything he could to make sure that the show was as he wanted it to be at that moment.
Ringside News exclusively reported that McMahon’s absence throughout the day agitated some Superstars. Him showing up so late and switching things gave little time to prepare other elements of the show. During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer provided additional details about what happened with McMahon on Monday.
“Vince did change a lot of stuff in the morning. He was on the phone with them all day and then he flew in. He got in at about 7 and he changed some more stuff. The final script of the show went out after 9 o’clock so they were an hour into the show before they finished the show. It’s not like he came in at 7 and tore up the whole show. They changed some things after 7 but it was mostly changed during the day but yes, a lot of the show was changed. The Raw Underground stuff… that stuff is actually taped in the afternoon so he couldn’t change that but obviously, in the morning he did change some of it because they spent a week building up Ivar and Dolph Ziggler.”
“Don’t ask me for common sense on this, I just know that it was canceled [on Monday]…I guess the idea was that they just wanted Lashley to kill Dolph Ziggler and not worry about that [arm wrestling] match that he had done. Maybe they wanted Bobby Lashley to get his heat back because he was going to lose the arm wrestling match. I don’t know. Bobby Lashley beat like four guys and Ivar was one of them. How do you make sense of something like, again, they changed the whole show but they didn’t change any of the pay-per-view matches.”
WWE is now back to taping live episodes of RAW and SmackDown. This is a daunting task, especially when Vince McMahon has such a proclivity to slash up the script so close to showtime. This week McMahon wasn’t finished with the show until 9:00 PM as the live episode was already an hour into the broadcast.
Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote