According to a report from Fightful Select, Vince McMahon has been implementing numerous changes to WWE events, both remotely and in person. While McMahon is known for being particular about certain aspects, it appears that his preferences haven’t always been adhered to.
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Sources have revealed that McMahon generally aims to deliver on advertised matches whenever possible, even if they weren’t originally his ideas. Although there are exceptions, the norm is to follow through with the advertised matches. This approach was evident on the June 9 episode of Smackdown, where several matches were promoted in advance, raising hopes among those involved in the booking process.
Fightful’s insider sources mentioned that the decision to advertise matches weeks in advance on the same show was potentially an attempt to protect those plans from potential alterations by McMahon. However, during the June 5 episode of Raw, McMahon made changes to match orders, match durations, and even added some impromptu segments.
Subsequently, on the following Monday, June 19, McMahon made changes to the first 30 minutes of the show, altering a world title match, a crucial storyline moment, and adding an additional match. Similarly, on the subsequent Friday’s episode of Smackdown, several matches were changed according to McMahon’s requests. Interestingly, Smackdown hadn’t experienced such significant alterations to the same extent as Raw had previously.
Ultimately, many of the matches that were promoted weeks in advance did take place, but the reasoning behind this is unknown at this time. However, the frequent changes made to last week’s episodes of Raw and Smackdown reportedly caused frustration at various levels within WWE.
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