Last night’s episode of WWE Monday Night RAW saw several significant changes, with speculation rife that Vince McMahon’s absence from the event had led to some significant changes to the show’s planned lineup.
However, according to a new report from PWInsider, McMahon did review the original plans for the show but did not make any major changes or rewrites to the script.
The changes to Monday’s show were primarily due to travel issues faced by WWE’s talent and production staff, who were experiencing difficulty getting to the event’s location in Seattle. As such, WWE’s creative team had to make last-minute rewrites to the show.
This report seems to contradict earlier rumors that McMahon’s absence was the reason for the significant changes to the show, with many speculating that he had become more hands-on with WWE’s creative process following the merger with UFC’s parent company, Endeavor. McMahon himself had recently stated in a CNBC interview that he had no intention of interfering with WWE’s creative operations and would only make suggestions at a “higher level” decision-making capacity.
However, some previously scrapped plans from last week’s RAW were enacted last night, such as a three-way match to crown a new #1 contender for Bianca Belair’s RAW Women’s Championship, which saw IYO SKY emerge as the winner.
Earlier reports had suggested that this match was originally intended to be part of a series of three-way bouts involving SKY, Piper Niven, and Mia “Michin” Yim but were scrapped by McMahon.
While rumors and speculation had swirled around McMahon’s absence potentially leading to major changes in the show’s lineup, it appears that travel issues were the primary culprit behind any alterations. As always, it will be interesting to see how WWE continues to evolve its creative direction in the coming weeks and months.
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