Vince McMahon and his influence on WWE events is undeniable and continues to be felt, despite his physical absence from the shows.
The Executive Chairman has reportedly become a source of frustration for many as he continues to make last-minute changes to WWE shows.
McMahon, who forcibly regained his position in the WWE at the beginning of 2023, has seen his influence on the creative direction of the company grow to the point where many within the company now believe he is firmly back in charge’‹.
Vince McMahon: SmackDown Changes Leave Many Frustrated
Recently, a SmackDown event in Lafayette, Louisiana, exemplified this ongoing issue. WWE stars found themselves frustrated as last-minute changes were made to the event, with one notable change seeing LA Knight taking on Rey Mysterio instead of participating in a triple threat match against Santos Escobar and Butch as initially planned.
This alteration left many frustrated, with matches announced the previous week potentially on the chopping block’‹, according to a new report from Fightful Select:
“We can confirm WRKD Wrestling’s recent tweets that several talent were frustrated by all of the changes. This was the case for the start of WWE Raw the prior Monday, as well. The originally planned LA Knight triple threat match was changed to a singles match, and a previously unplanned Charlotte Flair match was added to the card. Bayley vs. Shotzi was scrapped after Bayley was in town and did local media for the show.”
Unfulfilled Matches Add to the Frustration
Adding to the frustration was the case of WWE star Bayley, who was set to take on Shotzi at the SmackDown event. This match was seen as a crucial step for Bayley in building momentum ahead of the Money In The Bank event.
However, this match ended up not happening, a result of the late changes that have become all too common and disruptive’‹.
“Did SmackDown Get Vinced?”
Fightful Select also reported that “most” of the SmackDown script was altered on the day of the show, leading to significant changes to the event as it had been planned. The changes were so profound that one talent was quoted asking, “Did SmackDown get Vinced?” ’” a clear indication of where the blame was being placed for the disruptions’‹.