Vince McMahon came back as the Executive Chairman of WWE earlier this year and fans feared the worst as they believed McMahon was going to take over the Creative aspect once again. Their fears came true as McMahon ended up changing several plans for Smackdown last week. It appears that some people in WWE were trying to prevent Vince McMahon from changing plans on RAW and Smackdown.

During last week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown, Iyo Sky accepted Shotzi’s challenge on Bayley’s behalf, putting her spot in Money In The Bank on the line in a match for this week’s show.

However, as it turned out, the match ended up getting scrapped. This is because Vince McMahon ended up making changes to the show. That wasn’t the only change as a triple threat between LA Knight, Butch and Santos Escobar, and Baron Corbin vs Cameron were nixed as well.

While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about the aforementioned changes and how they were perceived backstage. Meltzer noted that some people in WWE were trying to prevent Vince McMahon from changing plans on Smackdown and RAW, but to no avail.


“He re-did the entire show (SmackDown). I’ve heard a lot about this, and I know that there’s rumors that… everyone’s gotta be, like, treading on water. Because I am sure, logic will tell you, that there are many unhappy people. And Paul Levesque has to be one of them.

“These are matches that were built up with promos, they’ve been promoted for a week, they did the angles last week, and then just take them away like nothing.

“So it’s gotta be frustrating for the writers, it’s gotta be frustrating for Paul Levesque. But the thing is, it’s Vince, right? And you can’t say anything.

That’s what somebody brought up to me, if you’re a writer, you can’t say anything to Vince. Even if you’re Paul Levesque you can’t say anything to Vince because you’re f***** if you say anything to Vince. So you can’t say anything.

They’re trying to figure out a way to have him not do this. One person noted to me like, it would be a lot better if you did it the day before, or two days before. But he’s doing it the day of the show.

(Last) Monday wasn’t bad, it was only he dumped the Seth Rollins and Ciampa match, and I knew a lot of people who thought it was for the better, because the Finn Balor attacking Seth Rollins, it adds more heat to the pay-per-view.

Yeah, you missed out on Seth Rollins and Ciampa, would have probably had a really good match. Ciampa would have lost but it would have been… I think he would have benefited a lot more losing to Seth than he would beating Miz. He didn’t get anything out of beating Miz. But, he’s not Vince’s priority.

Just like this week, whatever they were gonna do with Shotzi and Bayley, Shotzi and Bayley aren’t Vince’s priority. Cameron Grimes and Baron Corbin aren’t Vince’s priority.

They added that Rey Mysterio/LA Knight match for LA Knight to get a win, so obviously Vince has gotta be somewhat high on LA Knight, and in Vince’s eyes, Rey is a guy that you always beat because people will always get into his matches and he’s bulletproof and all that.

When I saw that unadvertised match when I was watching it, before I had even heard, it was like ‘This is Vince. I know Vince’s MO with Rey’.

All these things that are advertised that don’t happen in the last couple of weeks, they’re always, or 90% of the time or more, they’re Vince. But this one was the most because it was three matches advertised all pulled hours before the show. So there was a lot of frustration. But it’s Vince.

I’m sure there’s gonna be people who are gonna try to ask him nicely, but it’s Vince, he’s gonna do what he’s gonna do.”

Triple H was not happy about Vince McMahon making changes either. Regardless, Vince Mcmahon has the final say in everything that goes on in WWE and that will never change now.

What do you think of this Vince McMahon story? Do you think WWE will go back to the dark ages again? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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