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Vince McMahon: What did he change on WWE RAW? (12/06/23)

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WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, known for his hands-on approach to the wrestling giant’s operations, once again showcased his ability to influence the company’s trajectory, even from a distance.

Despite not being present at this week’s WWE RAW, McMahon made several subtle changes to the show’s programming, once again confirming his remote control approach to managing the business’‹.

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Adjustments to the Gable vs. Erik Match and More

One of the changes enacted by McMahon included cutting down the time for the Chad Gable vs. Erik match, which Gable won.

This last-minute decision was part of McMahon’s subtle but impactful interventions. In addition, an in-ring segment between Finn Balor and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins also underwent revisions. However, no further details regarding the changes to this segment have been revealed’‹.

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JD McDonagh’s Delayed Segment

Another significant alteration involved wrestler JD McDonagh. He made a brief appearance in a backstage segment with Balor, but a more substantial segment planned for him was delayed and saved for a later date.

This decision came amid a discussion between McMahon and WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H regarding McDonagh’s direction towards the anticipated Money In the Bank event. It remains unclear if these developments are related to the rumoured McDonagh vs. Dolph Ziggler feud’‹.

Vince McMahon: Remote Management Preferred by WWE Talent

This isn’t the first time McMahon has influenced WWE RAW remotely. The June 5 RAW saw McMahon backstage along with other WWE executives due to the event’s proximity to WWE HQ in Stamford.

Changes made during that event primarily involved timing and match order adjustments, with McMahon also tweaking the aftermath of certain matches.

Interestingly, this approach has resonated well with the WWE talent. Last week’s RAW, which also saw McMahon’s remote changes, was one of the more positively received episodes of the year.

Boozer Wrestling indicates that the talent pool prefers McMahon’s remote adjustments over his on-site interventions, favouring the less disruptive approach to their performances’‹.

These recent events underscore Vince McMahon’s enduring influence on WWE’s trajectory, whether on-site or from afar.

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