Vince McMahon, the WWE Chairman, is notably absent from tonight's "WWE SmackDown" event in Portland, Oregon. According to an exclusive Pro Wrestling Insider (PWI) report in their Elite section, McMahon did not join the rest of the "SmackDown" crew on their trip to Portland.
However, PWI's sources have revealed that McMahon still reviewed tonight's creative plans remotely, ensuring his influence over the event. Interestingly, only minor changes were made to the show, a dramatic shift from McMahon's significant alterations during Monday's post-WrestleMania "WWE Raw" in Los Angeles.
PWI has noted that backstage morale, which suffered a substantial blow on Monday, has improved without McMahon physically present. However, some individuals are waiting to see if this remote approach becomes a permanent change.
There is a sense of optimism among insiders that McMahon's heavy-handed approach to "Raw" was an anomaly because he was there in person.
Vince McMahon's Remote Control Impact
Suppose McMahon continues to oversee WWE creative from a distance.
In that case, the feeling is that shows will proceed as they had been leading up to WrestleMania 39, as opposed to the chaos experienced on Monday night. Some of PWI's sources also believe that the entire situation will continue to be exaggerated by internet reactions.
Tonight's "SmackDown" is shaping into an exciting event, with a scheduled single match between Sami Zayn and Jey Uso. Fans can watch a thrilling tag team match featuring Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar, taking on Dominik Mysterio and Damian Priest.
Additionally, a six-man tag team match between the Brawling Brutes and Imperium will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Rhea Ripley, the powerhouse of the women's division, is also set to appear on tonight's show. Notably, Paul "Triple H" Levesque, who has been running WWE Creative for the past eight months, will be in attendance.
With an action-packed lineup and McMahon's remote involvement, tonight's "SmackDown" promises to be an event to remember for WWE fans.
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