WWE is shedding its skin after Vince McMahon's sensational farewell at the helm of the federation. Although it was not a bolt from the blue, given the story of the extramarital scandal that had seen him as a protagonist for weeks, they were all shocked by the news of his retirement.
The now former Chairman of the company has decided to step aside, also thanks to the heavy accusations that have come down on him in recent times. It is no coincidence that John Laurinaitis - former head of WWE talent relations and his right-hand man for decades - has also been banned from the company.
Vince's place was taken by his daughter Stephanie and Nick Khan as CEO, while Triple H was put in charge of the creative team. The 14-time world champion, who retired from wrestling and struggled shortly before WrestleMania 38 for his heart problems, has already given his creative touch to the shows.
The Game brought some NXT talent to the main roster, as well as favoring the return to WWE of several stars who had been released, such as Dakota Kai, Dexter Lumis, Karrion Kross and the Hit Row.
WWE will not change the names of NXT athletes
As we have seen extensively over the past few years, it was WWE's practice to extensively change the names of wrestlers who transitioned from NXT to Monday Night Raw or Friday Night Smackdown rings, with the most recent Vince McMahon changes being were those of WALTER, now Gunther, Raquel Gonzalez, now Raquel Rodriguez and that of Ludwig Kaiser, who was previously called Marcel Barthel.
After Johnny Gargano's return to the Raw ring just 48 hours ago, fans and insiders wondered why WWE didn't change the name of the former NXT Champion as well, with several web wrestling sources such as WrestlingNews and the Wrestling Observer who reported the news that the change of names within the WWE main roster was wanted by the father-in-law of Triple H who after having retired, will now no longer have decision-making power on these facts.
For HHH, on the other hand, keeping the name with which the NXT guys cut their teeth and grew up on-screen is of vital importance, with all the next promoters who will therefore most likely keep their ring name (unless external problems), as happened in the past only with big names like Samoa Joe or Robert Roode. The biggest surprise on the latest edition of RAW was Johnny Gargano’s epic WWE return.