Full Details on Vince McMahon’s Involvement in RAW after WrestleMania and the Impact on Backstage Morale. Vince McMahon’s Heavy Involvement in RAW Leads to Negative Morale and Shocking Betrayal.
Several media outlets reported that Vince is now back in a gorilla position. It was first reported by PWInsider, that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was personally and heavily involved in the latest episode of RAW, which aired on Monday night on the USA Network.
The report states that “there were several late rewrites for the show, and McMahon was giving direct orders during the program’s airing. This level of micromanagement from the boss is not unusual, but it could have contributed to a “huge negative shift in morale” backstage.
Per @fightful, there were originally set to be two triple threat women's matches on last nights RAW with the winners facing off for for a Raw Women's Title shot. They were cut and the tag team title contender match was booked. Bayley was also scheduled to be ringside, and that…
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Sean Ross Sapp from Fightful and Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer confirmed that Vince McMahon is pulling the strings in the locker room and is the visible head of the WWE creative team. The management had hinted that he would only be part of the creativity in big decisions. However, Vince McMahon was back to his old ways as he made a large number of changes to the script of Monday Night Raw.
Meltzer states on Wrestling Observer Radio “Paul will be the creative head. So he’ll be doing the heavy lifting and all that. Vince will have the final say on everything.” Meltzer also confirmed that all of Raw’s plans changed before the show began and changes continued to be made while the show was on the air.
Sean Ross Sapp wrote on Twitter,
“He’s back in charge. He was running TV tonight. He’s back. He’ll be what he was before,”
Bryan Alvarez pointed out that Raw went back to the good old days, with the main event changing on the fly, and it was not what was originally talked about. It has caused a lot of upheaval in the WWE locker room, with many talents feeling upset and concerned about their job security.
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One of the most shocking moments of the night was the betrayal of Cody Rhodes by Brock Lesnar. The main event of RAW after WrestleMania 39 was supposed to be a tag team match between Rhodes and Lesnar against The Bloodline, represented by Roman Reigns and his cousins, the Usos.
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Cody Rhodes had challenged Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship the night before at WrestleMania but came up short. He then proposed the tag team match as a way to get another shot at Reigns.
However, Lesnar’s appearance as Rhodes’s partner was a surprise to everyone, including Roman Reigns. The Beast Incarnate had been absent from WWE for several months, and his return was not announced beforehand.
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The match started with a tense atmosphere, as Reigns and Lesnar had a long history of rivalry and mutual respect. But as the match progressed, Lesnar showed his true colors and turned on Rhodes.
After a brief exchange with Reigns, Brock Lesnar hit Cody Rhodes with his signature move, the F5, and continued to pummel him with punches and kicks. He threw Rhodes out of the ring and slammed him into the steel steps. He also grabbed a chair and choked Rhodes with it, while yelling, “You’re not the protagonist, it’s me!”
The attack was so brutal that Rhodes had to be stretchered off and taken to a hospital. Lesnar left the ring with a smirk on his face and two raised middle fingers, as the crowd booed him loudly.
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The shocking betrayal by Lesnar raises many questions about his motives and his plans in WWE. Some fans speculate that he may be targeting Reigns and the Universal Championship, while others think he may have a personal grudge against Rhodes.
Whatever the case may be, the fallout from this incident is likely to be felt for weeks to come. RAW has always been a show where anything can happen, but McMahon’s heavy involvement and Lesnar’s surprise return have taken it to a whole new level.